Medicine as a Career Choice: Thinking Like a Doctor

Fall - September 24–December 4, 2022
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Saturday, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Online - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Hannah Brooks, Magy Dawoud

Course Description

Becoming a physician—mastering the intricacies of the human body and working to heal when illness occurs—has long been considered a noble pursuit, 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 different types of physicians think within their discipline and what it means to be a doctor in today’s society.. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Potential topics to be discussed include the following:

  • 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
  • Medical School and Residency

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. Please note that the field of medicine is far reaching and each class will vary depending on the instructor and their scope of knowledge and work within this vast field.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

Please note, this course may have multiple classes being offered in a particular term. Students should only register for one class and with one call number.

To view detailed information on a particular offering, click on the call number to be directed to the Directory of Classes catalogue.

  • DOCT0104 | Call Number: 17534 (Sundays, Mornings)
  • DOCT0104 | Call Number: 17535 (Saturdays, Evenings)

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


Hannah Brooks

Hannah Brooks has enjoyed a clinical and academic career as a board-certified general and breast surgeon for over 25 years. In 2018, Dr. Brooks pursued additional training in clinical cancer genetics with the City of Hope Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics, and transitioned into cancer risk assessment and genetic testing and consultation. She holds an MD from Albany Medical College and completed her general surgery residency and chief residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein COM in New York. She has participated in tumor immunology research at Cornell University Medical Center and Sloan-Kettering Institute, and has published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of surgery and oncology/immunology. Dr. Brooks is a recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams Award for compassionate care of cancer patients and their families.

Magy Dawoud

Magy Dawoud, MD is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and did her residency training at Cooper University Hospital. She has had 20 years of clinical experience, giving bedside instruction, while overseeing medical students and residents in the ER. She has been working for a telehealth platform seeing patients online since the pandemic. Since 2007 she has been performing independent medical exams, including volunteer work for Health Right International examining torture victims seeking asylum in the US. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, painting, and reading.

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Specific course details such as topics, activities, hours, and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University. Not all instructors listed for a course teach all sections of that course.