“Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.” -Voltaire
In the age of modern medicine, physicians and patients alike may suffer from a care system exchanging time and empathy for volume and profit. Today, we ought to share in writing what it means to be a caregiver and our understanding of what it means to experience illness.
The 14th Law was founded by two medical students wishing to share their personal experiences throughout their journeys to become physicians with the intention of revealing these human beings we call patients to medical professionals. In its entirety, this blog is to serve as a platform to discuss patients as people, hardships facing medical students and professionals, and the transition from student to doctor.
JC is currently a fourth year medical student in Maryland. Prior to his medical training, he studied biology and philosophy, and he continues to explore philosophy outside the hospital. He is pursuing residency in psychiatry. PK is a third year medical student in Pennsylvania. She studied biology, creative writing, and journalism, and her interests include exploring the patient-physician relationship through writing. She is considering a future in pediatrics.
Both are first generation medical students offering two unique perspectives. Their training differs in MD vs. DO, familiar vs. unfamiliar training site, and large university vs. small school training, all of which will be discussed here. The two met in undergrad and have been taking this medical school journey together, though sometimes states apart. We hope you’ll join us!