Medicine as a Career Choice: Thinking Like a Doctor

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Online - Sunday, 1:00 –3:00 p.m.

Pamela Eliach, Shibrah Jamil

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 a physician thinks. Discussion also 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. 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

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.

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: 15114 (Saturdays)
  • DOCT0104 | Call Number: 15115 (Sundays)

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


Pamela Eliach

Pamela Eliach is an internist with over 25 years of experience in settings ranging from small private practices to large academic institutions and including resident and medical student supervision and education. She holds an M.D. from New York Medical College and a master’s degree in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology from Weill Cornell Medical College. She is very interested in the doctor-patient relationship, including the use of motivational counseling for behavior change.

Shibrah Jamil

Shibrah Jamil, a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, is the founding chairperson of SMJ Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to improving health and education in economically disenfranchised communities. She volunteers for Doctors of the World Human Rights Clinic and actively supports UNICEF’s initiatives to improve maternal health. Shibrah holds an MD from SUNY Downstate and has over 15 years of experience as a practicing anesthesiologist in a variety of settings. As a medical student she interned with Indian Health Services in South Dakota and participated in a Health Care in Developing Countries elective in Kikuyu Hospital in Kenya.

Back to the Course Guide

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.