It’s a multifaceted issue IMO. People tend to put MDs on a pedestal with respect to being know-alls, and people are comfortable asking them questions due to the patient-doctor relationship and the privacy found therein. Most MDs and future MDs I’ve met are very compassionate people and have a strong desire to help people, and feel obligated to give an answer, even if it might not be the best one.
I want to re-iterate this, because my post came off more negatively towards MD’s than intended. You are absolutely correct that most of the MD’s I have met are very passionate about helping people. And what bothers me is partly this…
So to me, it basically comes down to some MDs not having enough humility to say that they don’t know…[/quote]
…but even more when an MD actively uses their status as “Doctor” to promote something that would otherwise be dismissed as quackery. Basically, Dr. Oz going on a TV show and saying the Idaho ragweed is a miracle for weight loss is 9,000 times worse than walking into the hospital cafeteria and seeing Cardiologist X with a Mountain Dew and fries.
Point being, I didn’t mean to be negative about MD’s in general, moreso the specifics of doctors like Dr. Oz that go out of their way to promote questionable or nonsense “advice” for personal gain that they are either a) ill-informed about or b) well-informed but intentionally deceptive about.
I think I made that point rather clumsily. My bad.[/quote]
I understood your point and agree, I just thought I would add my two cents. My gf is second year med, and like others have said, you see the same kind of general demographics as the regular population. Interestingly, and not sure if this is just her class, but many of them are excellent at playing a variety of instruments.
The fact that people can’t see through Oz’s bullshit is him taking advantage of an ignorant and uninformed population. Pretty much any doctor that is associated with Oprah or has a tv show is bullshit to me. Not saying they can’t give good advice (sometimes), but I always question advice especially when it directs me to spend money on certain products. Many just want a quick 'n easy fix for their problems, and spin their wheels in laziness.