Malcom Kushner writes:
'The University of Chicago recently announced a donation of $42 million to create an institute dedicated to the improvement of doctor-patient relations.
How will the $42 million be spent? The article in The New York Times suggested much of it would go to developing new classes to "empower med students to be nicer to patients."
Really? That seems like a waste of money. Why create new classes when a whole curriculum of tried-and-true courses already exists. It's called vet school.
Think about it. Veterinarians are always nice to their patients. And their patients never complain about doctor-patient relations. So if med students could get the same training -- problem solved.
Of course I could be completely wrong about this.'
[AS: Yes, being wrong about this is a distinct possibility.]