Chisolm, Margaret S.
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Dr. Chisolm is Professor, Vice Chair for Education, and Director of the Paul McHugh Program for Human Flourishing in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction medicine, Dr. Chisolm has over 3 decades of clinical experience in these fields. In addition, she has served as PI or co-investigator on multiple nationally funded research projects, and has published over 80 scientific, clinical, and medical education papers on psychiatric disorders and humanistic medical practice, as well as articles (and one book) on the use of social media in medicine and a psychiatric textbook. Her current educational research is focused on the use of the arts and humanities in medical education to explore the big questions: what it means to be human, to be a physician, and to lead a good life (for doctors and patients).


The True Purpose of Medicine: Advice for Medical Students

As you enter into the medical profession, I encourage you to "start with the end in mind" by studying the Hippocratic Oath. The oath articulates the true aim of medicine, guiding physicians to provide treatments that align with the purpose of medicine and so are right for a doctor to do, and to refuse to provide treatments that go against this purpose and are wrong for a doctor to do.

Date posted: 2019-09-07