Med Students are 'Unique, Complex Group'
|Previous||1 of 1||Next|
small (250x250 max)
medium (500x500 max)
large ( > 500x500)
Med students are 'unique, complex group9 . SALLY REESE Times Medical Writer Students at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport may be interested in a new book by a professor of psychiatry at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. In Doctor-to-be: Coping with the Trials and Triumphs of Medical School, Dr. James A. Knight says medi-cal students are a unique and complex population. His book is based on recent psychological, sociological and his-torical research as well as more than 20 years' experience as counselor, teacher, and interviewer for medical schools. Appleton-Century-Crofts, a division of Prentice-Hall Inc., has published it in hardcover ($12.95) and paperback ($6.95). The following is from its news release: medical beat About 12,500 students enter medical schools in the United States each year, according to the former Tulane Univer-sity dean of admissions. At least 50,000 are currently enrolled, and thousands of other young people are contemplating careers in medicine, he says. They are an extremely diverse group, according to Knight, but certain trends and views are common. For example, he says: • Many medical students use sex as a means of transcending their immersion in or fear of death. • Students planning to become surgeons scored at the high end of the authoritarian scale on recent person-ality tests. • Reading great literature may help some med students come to terms with their feelings about death. • More than 60 percent of female doctors are married to doctors. • Mortality rates (especially those related to suicide) are higher among medical students than in the general population. • Medical students' methods of adap-ting to stress tend to be obsessive-compulsive and counter-phobic. Says his publisher, Knight explores the experiences of women, minority and disadvantaged medical students, fac-tors that go into a student's selection of medical speciality, and fundamental motives behind the decision to pursue a medical career. According to Knight, "The student can be understood best if the emphasis is placed on importance of 'identity' as a principle motivation in one's life." Knight's special areas of teaching and research are human values and medicine, the psychological growth of the medical student, medical ethics, student problems, suicide, the termi-nally ill, and the psychological aspects of organ transplantation. Before entering the Louisiana medi-cal curriculum, he was dean of the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University.
|Title||Med Students are 'Unique, Complex Group'|
Knight, James A.
|Identifier||See reference URL on the navigation bar.|
|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
|Rights||Physical rights are retained by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.|