Doing everything we can: On effective altruism and medicine

By Keyur Doolabh

Ask any medical student why they decided to go into medicine, and at some point you’ll hear the phrase ‘I want to help people.’ Human motivation is a complex thing, but I don’t doubt that it’s true -most of us want to give back to the world. And on face value, medicine is a pretty good career for it; those same medical students will probably be involved in many life-saving efforts that have earned the medical profession a reputation for doing good.

But as well as being philanthropists, doctors are also scientists at heart. So what’s the evidence about how much good your average doctor will do over their career?

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Medical Student’s Guide to Eating Free in the Hospital

By Robbie Gillies & Marcus Yip

There is no such thing as a free lunch, right? Wrong. This is a myth. In fact, the only certainty in life is that as a Med Student, you will perpetually be both hungry and poor. In recent years a shortage of viable free-food available to students in the hospital has driven the evolution of a cunning and audacious scavenger. For the savvy Med Student, those that are prepared to apply their strong work ethic to mastering the art of ‘free eating’ are finding that the world is their sandwich platter. These are their methods.

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