Three TED Talks Med Students Should Watch

Internal is a little rough, so I want to share three TED talks that have opened my eyes this year. You might find it interesting that only one of these relate directly to healthcare.

1. How To Get Naked With Your Doctor by Pamela Wible M.D.

So this is the medical one. This talk addresses the wellness of doctors as well as the wellness of patients, and how they are more intertwined than we could imagine. Not only does she address the taboo of physician suicide, but she shows how a doctor can practice the kind of medicine they want, make a living wage, without shooting their patient in the foot. This talk really inspired me and is a great help for those times when you feel “stuck”. Check out her blog here.

2. The Puzzle Of Motivation by Dan Pink

This one requires a little patience. It’s very interesting, but it takes a while to figure out why it applies. It really helps you to think of the way you self-motivate and the way you plan your future in terms of incentivising. (It really starts picking up at about 12:40.)

3. Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career by Larry Smith

This guy is witty and makes great points. It sounds a bit down-in-the-dumps initially, but pay attention. This is great for high school students and undergraduates too!

Let me know what you think of them!


  1. The Rider says:

    Nou net tyd gehad vir Larry Smith se insetsel. Maar dit is baie kragtig! Ek is nou halfpad deur my loopbaan, en dis interessant hoe baie sulke gedagtes en boeke nou oor my pad kom. Dankie vir die deel hiervan, dis regtig noodsaaklik om op koers te bly in ‘n mens se lewe!

    1. Ek is bly dis ook van toepassing later in mens se loopbaan. Mooi bly!

  2. So good! Love Ted Talks, thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome, I’m glad you liked them.

  3. KP says:

    As a newly minted medical student, I thank you for posting this!

    1. You got in? CONGRATS! That’s awesome!!! And I’m glad you liked the talks 🙂

  4. pippajhh says:

    Loved the first talk, I will definitely be checking out her blog!

    1. Oh, I’m glad! 🙂

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