I like that! Thanks!If it would help, it would only help out for about a weeks worth of material in my mind, maybe less. I may not know for sure, but I can only imagine undergrad being a small portion of anything.
I'd say take the class if you're interested so you can do well in it too.
I don't think so. Not really. Perhaps you'll have a slightly easier time with the behavioral science section at the start, taken during the first two years of medical school, while others who have never taken psyc might have a slightly steeper learning curve, but other than that it won't be of marked benefit.
yes it will
Good thoughts and I agree. However, classes are of little to no benefit in this area. Actual practice is learned in the field. You aren't going to learn how to develop a therapeutic relationship with patients from sitting in a classroom.If you examine the list of leading causes of death, you will find two at the top: heart disease and cancer. While there are certainly genetic factors that contribute to heart diesease, the vast mojority of cases stem from health behavior...psychology. The number one cause of cancer related death is lung cancer. While not exclusively attributed to smoking, the vast majority of lung cancer cases originate from smoking, a behavior....psychology. Think of the millions of lives that are taken anually by these diseases. The appreciation and understanding of behavior should certainly be near the pinnacle of a medical practice.....if we are in the business of saving lives.....let alone preventing pathology.
Again, I agree with you in concept. However, concepts mean little without the tools to execute them. How do you develop these tools? You learn and practice them hands-on, not by reading books or watching powerpoint presentations, although these can help provide impetus for action or perhaps a framework.yes it will
Read Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, a notable psychologist famous for his work on learned helplessness. Its not so much a self-help book as it is a review of the experiments and literature surrounding explanatory style and longevity. In my unqualified opinion, I'd say stress plays an important role in all of the major diseases. This book will give you good insight into how the field of psychology has greatly enhanced medical care.
My BA is in Psych and medical school summed up the entire four years in three weeks. That being said I still enjoyed the degree and I think it helps me in general, but material wise you'd get more benefit from biochem, physio, genetics, etc..
I agree it is a bit of a letdown, but I also think that your comments on years 3-4 are correct. Seeing it in practice is where the true value will come from it. I also think it would be good to include more training in years 1-2 on how to utilize psychiatry/psychology in all specialities instead of treating it as an individual discipline. This may have just been my experience though.By the way, the psyc that is taught in medical school during the pre-clinical years is disappointing to me. It's heavily focused on pharmacology and diagnostic criteria. There's dancing around certain concepts, but you never get a feel for how it could be useful, or it might be implemented. I guess that's what years 3 and 4 are for.