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By: Merge magazine's editorial advisory board
Posted: September 1, 2010, from the September 2010 issue of

Abstract: Merge magazine’s advisory board members weigh in with advice and recommendations for medical students, as well as those who are just beginning on a path to a medical aesthetic career.

Emphasizing passion and patient care, Merge magazine asked the members of its new editorial advisory board for their best advice regarding students and physicians interested in pursuing medicine and medical aesthetics. Here are their answers.

Q: What advice would you give to college students wanting to go to medical school?

I’d tell them to make sure they know what they’re getting into. Speak with practicing physicians and work hard to understand as best they can the types of demands that medicine places on you physically, emotionally and socially.
Brian Biesman, MD

I mentor students in high school, college and medical school because I am an academic plastic surgeon, and my goal is to help them understand that this is a very honorable profession. But that honor isn’t going to come extrinsically; they need to know that each day their focus is their patients and patient care, working to get those data-driven outcomes while maintaining a healing heart and practice style. They need to be able to combine that healing with running a business, but they really need to understand that their initial goals shouldn’t be financial.
Laurie Casas, MD, FACS

Enjoy the journey itself. The opportunity to spend four years dedicated to learning about the human body is a luxury and only the beginning of a lifelong adventure. While the learning opportunities continue throughout their careers, it is ultimately intermixed with the actual—and sometimes stressful—practice of medicine and family life. Time spent just on learning and self-development during medical school is a very special time of growth.
Joel Cohen, MD, FAAD