There are tons of books out there telling you how to improve your chances of getting into medical school. All of these tomes are based on the assumption that the prospect reader wants to become a medical doctor. The author of this eBook believes that, in this day and age, the question should be not how you can get into Medical School but whether or not you should ever consider going to Medical School in the first place. This book paints a very different picture of the medical ...
There are tons of books out there telling you how to improve your chances of getting into medical school. All of these tomes are based on the assumption that the prospect reader wants to become a medical doctor. The author of this eBook believes that, in this day and age, the question should be not how you can get into Medical School but whether or not you should ever consider going to Medical School in the first place.
This book paints a very different picture of the medical profession than the one most students, and their parents, envision when they set out on the long arduous pathway to achieve a MD degree. In some ways deciding on a medical career today is similar to entering a bad marriage that was doomed to failure from its inception because of some fatal flaw in one or both of the participants or because the supposed benefits of the union were wildly exaggerated.
When considering a medical career today one must carefully weigh the options available in today's multifaceted work place wherein there are literally endless opportunities to become financially secure in a variety of challenging occupations. More importantly, today's prospective medical student should consider very carefully whether the ultimate financial benefits of a medical education can even remotely compensate them for all the years of study and hard work it will take to become an MD, let alone the massive debt most of them will have to take on to achieve this rather dubious goal.
This 10 chapter 6653 word fact filled eBook deals with all of these important issues in a straight forward fashion. If you, or your son or daughter, is considering a medical education this may be one of the most important books you will ever read!
Finally, this book should be read by young people, students in their junior or senior years of high school. If you stumble onto the book after having completed a year or two of premed in college and then decide that a medical career is not for you, a significant amount of time and money will have been wasted taking courses like chemistry and physics that may have little or no application to other fields of interest.
The Merrill brothers, Dr Merrill's father and uncle, were pioneers of the Seventh Day Adventist Colony in Eel Rock, California in 1933. Eel Rock is located on the banks of the wild and scenic North Fork of the Eel River, about 20 miles upriver from its' junction with the South Fork at Dyersville.
Because of the educational limitations of this sparsely populated rural area, the Merrill's ultimately moved to Myers Flat on the more populous South Fork of the Eel River in 1948. Dr Merrill was one of only 72 graduates from the South Fork High school in 1955. He subsequently graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honor and a degree in Physiology Four years later; when Dr Merrill graduated from the University of Southern California Medical School; he became the first student from South Fork High School to become a MD.
After completed his internship and a year of surgical residency in California, Dr Merrill moved to Minnesota where he performed his Urology Residency under the late Don Creevy at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center in Minneapolis. After completing his residency, Dr Merrill performed a NIH special fellowship in Urology at the University of Minnesota and subsequently joined the staff of the Urology department at that institution.
In 1973 Dr Merrill was recruited by the University of California Davis to administer their Urology training program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinez California. Dr Merrill served as Chief of Urology in that institution until its closure for seismic considerations in 1991.
Although Dr Merrill spent most of his professional life as an academician teaching residents the skills necessary to become successful Urologic surgeons, he also spent some time in private practice. He was a pioneer in the field of impotency and in the early 1980s was one of the leading implant surgeons in the world having pioneered the Mentor inflatable penile prosthesis and several other implantable medical devices.
This book, however, is not about Dr Merrill or his medical career. Rather, it deals with the deterioration of medicine, as he sees it, over the years that he has been a physician. It is Dr Merrill's hope that his observations over the past 60 years will be beneficial to those who are considering a career in modern-day medicine.