Medicine as a Career Choice: Thinking Like a Doctor

III. August 7–11, 2023
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Magy Dawoud, Penelope Lusk, Bruce Tizes

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 session. 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.

DOCT0101 (D06) | Call Number: 10490

DOCT0101 (D07) | Call Number: 10491

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


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.

Penelope Lusk

Penelope Lusk is a PhD student in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a MS degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked in medical education research at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. Penelope was a 2020-2021 Fulbright scholar at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom where she worked with faculty at the Wellcome Centre for the Cultures and Environments of Health. Her research interests center around the cultural and social theories and philosophies of medicine and education, and she is especially interested in the role of emotions in medical training.

Bruce Tizes

Bruce Randolph Tizes, MD, JD, MPH is a graduate of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (JD), Chicago Medical School (MD), Yale School of Medicine (MPH), and the Bioethics Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Tizes served as Lead Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (New Zealand), and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. His professional life is divided between full-time work as a physician in underserved low-resourced communities, and full-time work in technology businesses with significant social impact. Tizes has served the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the San Carlos Apache and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and in urban settings in New York City and Chicago. He is the CEO of a medical informatics firm, leads strategy at Andela (a global technology social impact venture), and attempts to apply himself diligently at the fulcrum of subjective interest and the public good.

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