Elsevier on May 27, 2016

What does medicine mean to future doctors?

From March 31 – April 3, Elsevier attended the American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) annual convention in Washington, DC to meet with its member medical students, premedical students, interns, and residents to find out how these future healthcare providers define “medicine.” AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.

138 students wrote down what medicine means to them or how they define medicine and displayed their thoughts in our “Future Doctor” photo booth.

The answers were as varied as each of the students themselves…


…although there were some attitudes and definitions that were shared by many of the students, including “helping”, “improving life”, “making a difference”, and “love”.


Almost 60% of the students shared a more emotional meaning of medicine, speaking to the more compassionate side of healthcare, while the others shared a more practical and pragmatic meaning.


Visit the Medical Clinics 100 Instagram page to see all of the “Future Doctor” photo booth pictures as well as pictures from “Past Doctors” who have contributed to the evolution of medicine over the past 100 years.