Pre-Med News Roundup October 8, 2014

  • The Best Possible Day In this New York Times piece, author and doctor Atul Gawande explores end of life issues and how we treat terminal illnesses.  He recently wrote a book on the topic, Being Mortal, but if you don't have time to read a whole book, this article will give you a glimpse at how he handles death, illness, and aging as a doctor.
  • Medical Schools Change How Students Prepare for Work Medical students are facing changes to the MCAT, insurance coverage, the laws regarding healthcare, and new guidelines for how medical schools are preparing them for residencies.  The AAMC has created a new set of guidelines: The Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency.  Preparation will use more simulations and focus on patient contact.
  • Nobel prize in medicine awarded for discovery of brain’s ‘GPS’  The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded this week to a team of scientists who have discovered the mechanism in the brain that allows people to navigate the world. Their work may lead to future treatments for neurological conditions.