Today's podcast is with Shailin Thomas (@shailinthomas), who is a fifth-year student (and third year medical student) in a joint MD/JD program between Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. from Yale University where he stuied cognitive neuroscience—exploring the anatomy and hysiology behind social phenomena. His interests lie at the intersection of clinical medicine and the legal forces that shape it. Prior to graduate school, Shailin worked on both the administrative and clinical sides of health care, and as a research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
While in graduate school, he has served as a Student Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, and as an Admissions Ambassador with the NYU School of Medicine Office of Admissions — helping to recruit the next generation of physician leaders. His writing has been published in a number of outlets, including the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Podcast Episode Summary
1:16 - How he's every Asian-American immigrant's dream for their son (going to Harvard, becoming a doctor and a lawyer...need I say more?)
2:12 - Why he decided to go into an eternity of schooling (and is deciding to go through with residency)
8:36 - How he took his gap years and why he worked at Harvard before he became a medical student
10:16 - How he reasons through topics in health law and how he finds topics to write about
22:54 - The origins of health law and how we can design a better liability penalties and design framework for the healthcare system
31:00 - How to balance deregulation in the healthcare industry with a legal solace for patients to get the right treatment
34:51 - His opinions on healthcare coverage and how they impact patient care; how he addresses my devil's advocate comments about shielding cost from consumers and the implications of moral hazard