I came across this excerpt from Atul Gawande while browsing the TED articles.
It made me realize that only the basic factoids for a foundation in medicine are taught in medical school. The article should open the eyes of my peers; it is ok to accept and understand the fragility of life without thoughts of failure. Compassion, empathy, resourcefulness, etc. aren’t easily teachable concepts or behaviors. One would hope that aside from understanding things on a cellular to anatomical to physiological to pharmacological level, a basic lesson in emotions, communication, and coping would be equally as important as learning the fundamental medical knowledge to clinically treat patients.