Medicine as a Career Choice: Thinking Like a Doctor

Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall

III - August 5th - August 9th, 2019 (Course Filled)

Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 10:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 2:10–4:00 p.m.
Adam Hill, M.D.

“I loved learning about human nature and how it intertwines with medicine.” — Nandhini Ravishandran

Course Description

Becoming a physician has long been considered a noble profession—mastering the intricacies of the human body and working to heal when illness occurs. But it’s not all guts and glory. It takes a particular kind of mind; one that can focus on the smallest details while keeping the big picture in sight. A doctor must see the forest and the trees.

This course is an investigation into how a physician thinks. This unique world is dissected through brain games, offsite visits, interactive lectures, thought experiments, and guest speakers. Discussion covers what it takes to get into medical school, what it’s like to go through medical school and residency, and what it means to be a doctor in today’s society.

Topics Include:

  • Logic and reasoning
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Human psychology and its influence
  • The crossroads of media, myth, and medicine
  • Ethics
  • Malpractice
  • Medicine's history and future

Participants gain a deeper knowledge of the medical world as well as what it takes to think like a doctor and acquire mental tools that can be utilized in any aspect of life.


Adam Hill, M.D.

Adam Hill is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago, prior to completing his residency in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai. He currently divides his practice between the emergency departments at Elmhurst Hospital Center, a level-one trauma center in Queens affiliated with Mount Sinai, and Alice Hyde Medical Center, a critical access hospital in rural, upstate New York. He is active in resident and medical student education and is co-director of the wilderness medicine elective through the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Hill is a fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine holding additional training and knowledge related to medical emergencies in remote environments.

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