Michael Wilkes

Michael Wilkes

Host, Second Opinion

Michael Wilkes is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He recently stepped down as Vice Dean at the School of Medicine and is now Director of Global Health. For most of Wilkes' career as a doctor he lived and worked in Los Angeles.

At UCLA he was a founder of UCLA's innovative Doctoring Curriculum which now serves as a model for UC Davis School of Medicine and many other medical schools domestically and internationally. Dr.Wilkes works frequently with medical schools and public health systems in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

He is also an active education and health services researcher working in the area of medical education, technology assisted learning, clinical genetics, doctor-patient communication, end of life care, and conflicts of interest in medicine.

Wilkes is trained in internal medicine and has had additional training in adolescent medicine and public health.

He is an award winning journalist having worked for the New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, and The Los Angeles Times, and of course his more than 20 years in public radio!

Michael Wilkes on KCRW

Long grueling work hours and pharmaceutical gifts are still part of medical training.

A new batch of interns and residents, but some things haven’t changed

Long grueling work hours and pharmaceutical gifts are still part of medical training.

from Second Opinion

Medical decisions are complex and we often rely on our values and preferences rather than exclusively on the science.

When making medical decisions we often act irrationally

Medical decisions are complex and we often rely on our values and preferences rather than exclusively on the science.

from Second Opinion

By messing with the largest and one of the highest functioning health care systems in the nation we are putting our vet’s health at risk.

Is something wrong with the VA?

By messing with the largest and one of the highest functioning health care systems in the nation we are putting our vet’s health at risk.

from Second Opinion

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