Advice To The Young Physician: On the Art of Medicine

Dear New Physician,

I spoke briefly with some of you at the AAFP meeting in Boston, and to those whom I was unable to reach, I want to bring to your attention a book I have written for young physicians, entitled Advice To The Young Physician: On the Art of Medicine. I wrote the book to reveal how to make the transition from technician to healer based on the lessons of some of medicines greatest educators, such as Hippocrates, Maimonides, Osler, Schweitzer, Peabody and others. The feedback I received from the new physicians I met encouraged me that I had written something that was of great value and not currently available.

Advice To The Young Physician has been very favorably reviewed by medical educators, students and young physicians. Below are a few of their comments:

Advice To The Young Physician targets aspiring and new physicians with the intent to make them better physicians. It hits the mark. An effective mix of the writings of some of medicine’s giants, as well as clinical experiences of the author, the book offers an historical framework and personal context to understand the attributes and attitudes of the good physician. It is a quick read that rewards the reader with a sampling of 4000 years of medical wisdom sprinkled with practical advice for the modern day doctor…”

“Dr Colgan’s emphasis on humanistic medicine molded my outlook and practice as a student. He is a teaching physician after the form of the great leaders he writes about here. He insists we remember our royal heritage, put first our duty to our patients, and honor the calling society has privileged us with.”

“….All too often, students are taught the science of medicine with less care given to the art of medicine.”

“Starting my second year of residency in Family Medicine, I have found my most challenging moments to be those in which there is no formal text, memorized facts, or randomized controlled studies to guide my role as a healer. These are the moments when I am forced to become more introspective, forced to draw on all of my senses to attend to the whole person sitting in front of me. This text does more than offer practical tips (which are very relevant to any young healer). It also helps to reignite a passion that exists for many who start out in training and find themselves worn down and jaded by the formal didactics and stresses that are faced, such as long hours away from family and friends, the heaviness of dealing with pain and suffering, and the culture of medicine, which at times can be cold and seemingly lacking in humanity. The reader comes to see the power of the art of medicine, that which is “outside of the scientific realm,” when caring for the patient. “

“Dr Colgan’s emphasis on humanistic medicine molded my outlook and practice as a student. He is a teaching physician after the form of the great leaders he writes about here. He insists we remember our royal heritage, put first our duty to our patients, and honor the calling society has privileged us with.”

This book is available now through If you would like to read additional reviews, or learn more about this book, I invite you to visit,

or contact me directly by email at:

I promise that you will love this book. You will learn not only what it means to be a healer, but hear amazing stories which will forever remind you why you went into medicine.

If you agree that this book is special, I ask that you consider being a fan of Advice To The Young Physician on Facebook, and tell your friends. I thank you for your time.


Richard Colgan, M.D.
Associate Professor Director
Undergraduate Education Department of Family and Community Medicine
Course Director Family and Community Medicine
Clerkship University of Maryland School of Medicine
29 S. Paca Street,
Lower Level Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 328-352
Fax: (410) 328-8726

2009- 2010 Strolling Through The Match

The materials in this resource were initially developed in 1979 by the students of the Family Practice Student Association at the University of Tennessee in Memphis with support from the department of family medicine and are revised annually by the AAFP. They have been reviewed for consistency and applicability to the career-planning objectives of most medical students, regardless of specialty interest or medical school.

The AAFP developed Strolling Through the Match to help you make appropriate decisions about your professional career and to learn more about the process of getting post-graduate training. This book emphasizes a practical approach and encourages you to gather and summarize specialty information, establish timelines, and organize checklists and reference materials. This guidebook is not a publication of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or ERAS® the Electronic Residency Application Service, nor was it developed under their auspices. The material is intended to complement the information provided by the NRMP and ERAS to medical students about residency selection.

The format of this guide is designed to let you supplement this information with locally-derived materials. You may want to add to or subtract from its contents to suit your specific needs. We hope these materials will complement and expand upon existing programs on residency selection in various medical schools. The AAFP invites and welcomes your feedback on the usefulness of this guide as it seeks to help the professional development of future physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) also recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their contributions:

ERAS–Electronic Residency Application Service
Franklin E. Williams, M.Ed.
National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
Shadyside Hospital Family Practice Residency Program
Thornton E. Bryan, M.D.
Gretchen Dickson, M.D.
Novo Nordisk, Inc.


Special information on the ERAS ­ Electronic Residency Application Service is provided throughout this guidebook. If you plan to apply for residency or fellowship training in one of the specialties using ERAS, please read carefully the sections on ERAS.

Not all of the residency programs within the ERAS specialties will accept applications via ERAS. You will be required to submit paper applications to programs not participating in ERAS. Contact the programs in which you’re interested to find out the method for applying to them.

2009-2010 Debt Management Guide

Debt Management Guide

What you need to know before applying to medical school, once you are acccepted to medical school, as you approach graduation, and about financial aid.