Candid conversation with Monisha Veerapaneni, a student who left med school to pursue health system change. I get tons of calls from distraught med students and Monisha and I did a Q&A session in hopes of helping others.
0:10 How come premeds aren’t told about high suicide rate in medicine?
1:00 Why didn’t we know suicide rate by specialty prior to my research?
2:35 Why do trainees fear asking for help?
5:02 Cartoon explainer on physician overwork & self-abuse
9:54 Physician betrayal cycle & institutional betrayal trauma
13:49 The foundational flaw in Western medical training
16:43 Why med students are forced to memorize (& then forget) 90% of what we learn
17:12 Med school outrageous tuition rates
21:24 What’s really causing the residency bottleneck?
24:35 How can for-profit med school exist? (& get away with subpar education)
26:46 Why should we care about sleep-deprived doctors?
30:38 Burnout is bullshit explainer cartoon
34:24 Why are med students & doctors afraid to get therapy?
37:43 Physician suicide & hospital crimes against humanity
38:04 Why the physician exodus from medicine to health coaching
40:00 Discussion on physician salary, overhead & reimbursement
41:50 Unique challenges for female physicians
44:44 Why are premeds clueless (or overly idealistic) about the medical profession?
46:22 Family pressure for a physician trophy child