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The best way to prepare for a career in medicine and the importance of curiosity at Medicine X | ED

To prepare for medical school, it would make sense to study chemistry and biology, or perhaps even statistics and computer science.


But several speakers at Stanford Medicine X | ED Saturday morning pointed to two fields of study they say could provide excellent foundations for careers in medicine: Landscape architecture and journalism.

In fact, Stanford clinical informatics fellow Chethan Sarabu, MD, went even further: A major in landscape architecture is the best undergraduate major for future doctors, he told attendees of a breakout session, admittedly "a little tongue-in-cheek."

"I hope to convince every one of you to go study landscape architecture," a smiling Sarabu said of his own major.

Sarabu pointed out that modern landscape architecture is rooted in efforts to improve public health. He shared the story of Frederick Law Olmsted, whose mission in designing Central Park 160 years ago was, in part, to improve the mental and physical health of New York City residents. (Olmsted also played a key role in the creation of the Stanford campus).

"Landscape architecture provides a lens to see opportunity and to design what may not exist," he said.

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Autor: Becky Bach   Quelle: SCOPE - Stanford Medicine's Blog, April 29, 2018
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