There is a lot of talk these days about empowering patients to observe their own treatments and be their own advocates. This is supposed to give us a safety net and and reality check in a health care system that is increasingly stressed and error prone.
Since long before Drs. Kildare and Welby, there has been a mystical veil around matters medical. Doctors belonged to a rarefied order with its own language and rituals that only the most robust of minds could enter. It all left a lasting impression in the minds of many observers that mere mortals should not aspire to become physicians.
What would you predict? Would you expect them all to flunk, or perhaps a few to at least earn a C, or maybe an eager beaver or two to earn an A or B?
Keep on reading to see.