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One Year in the Future of Medicine

Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD

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A groundbreaking approach to training doctors could transform the future of health care.

For decades, physicians have been trained on the textbook of the body, from the corpse in a cadaver lab to the patient in a procedure suite. This type of training usually leads them to specialize in specific organs or systems and breeds an increasingly impersonal view of medicine in which the importance of person-to-person care—the hallmark of a good relationship between doctors and patients—has been lost.

In this engrossing narrative, you'll meet seven extraordinary students who embarked on a new way to...

A groundbreaking approach to training doctors could transform the future of health care.

For decades, physicians have been trained on the textbook of the body, from the corpse in a cadaver lab to the patient in a procedure suite. This type of training usually leads them to specialize in specific organs or systems and breeds an increasingly impersonal view of medicine in which the importance of person-to-person care—the hallmark of a good relationship between doctors and patients—has been lost.

In this engrossing narrative, you'll meet seven extraordinary students who embarked on a new way to train doctors that attempts to regain what's been lost. These medical students follow patients instead of physicians, accompanying patients to primary care appointments, emergency room visits, and even surgical procedures, developing deep connections and understanding the intricate interplay between the health of our bodies and the health of our communities. They learn the textbook of a community in addition to the textbook of the body.

Through poignant stories of these seven students and the people they meet as patients, Dr. Abraham M. Nussbaum illustrates the power of becoming a doctor and the possibility of changing the way we train doctors. As the students acquire a wealth of knowledge about the human body, they also navigate immense challenges and responsibilities. Throughout the year, they go about their lives, find love, and start families, all while getting to know their patients and their lives. Progress Notes follows the evolution of medical education and is a must-read for premedical students, medical students, and medical professionals seeking insight into the changing landscape of their field as well as for readers captivated by medical dramas and the pursuit of transformative care that benefits us all.

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An ingenious new approach to educating doctors.

With prose like poetry, physician-author Dr. Abraham Nussbaum writes with emotion without losing sight of reason. He knows that medicine is broken and that medical education is outmoded—and he offers a vision for how things might be different, a vision that is as hopeful as it is realistic.

Through powerful storytelling, Dr. Nussbaum gives us the drama and heartbreak of medical students seeing patients for the first time, but he also gives us hope. Progress Notes is a hopeful story of students and physicians imagining what health care could be for us all.

Progress Notes is critical reading for anyone interested in understanding, practicing, teaching, or reforming medicine—which should include all of us. At once aspirational and inspirational, Dr. Nussbaum reveals a better way to care for patients and train young doctors, imparting hope for the future of medicine.

What if students learned medicine not from instructors but by experiencing health care alongside their patients? In Progress Notes, Dr. Abraham Nussbaum deftly chronicles a whole new paradigm for medical learning that goes beyond inverting the classroom and shows us the very roots of our beautiful yet troubled profession.

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9
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408
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9781421448947
Table of Contents

Prologue: See One
1. Dead Its
2. Punisher Time
3. Chased Dreams
4. Bliss v. Stone
5. Dark Forests
6. Laying Favorites
7. Instructional Chalice
8. Language Games
9. Day-Tight Compartments
10. Coffee Shop

Prologue: See One
1. Dead Its
2. Punisher Time
3. Chased Dreams
4. Bliss v. Stone
5. Dark Forests
6. Laying Favorites
7. Instructional Chalice
8. Language Games
9. Day-Tight Compartments
10. Coffee Shop Revolution
11. Downward Arrow
12. Hang-Ups
13. Manifested Checklists
14. Killing Your Number
15. Century Women
16. Grave Disease
17. Insignificant Others
18. Forgetting Curve
19. Falls Risk
20. Confidence Intervals
21. Daily Works
22. Giveaways
23. Natural Attorneys
24. Gratitude Exercises
25. Essential Workers
26. Pandemic Declarations
Epilogue: Esperanza
Acknowledgments
References
Index

Author Bio
Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD
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Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD

Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD, is the Chief Education Officer at Denver Health and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is the author of The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine.