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November 18, 2017

Surviving a "Nightmare Rotation"

Every rotation prior to this one, I feel like I’ve had a relatively good experience. Of course there were things that I didn’t particularly love about each rotation, but I found that I learned a great deal by interacting with the patients and being involved in their care. My current rotation thus far has been a nightmare.

During the first day, my fellow medical students and I asked about our roles and responsibilities. We were told to come in and update the patient handoff, make phone calls in the afternoon to gain collateral information, and call pharmacies for med recs. We would not preround because of concerns about causing stress for the pa...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

November 18, 2017

Do Biases Towards Mental Health Develop in Training?

Recently, we had a patient admitted to the psych unit who came in with delusions that one of the voices in her head was causing her physical pain. It had started a couple weeks ago, with diffuse abdominal pain that she described as radiating into her pelvis. Internal medi...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

November 17, 2017

Mercy

I am constantly experiencing so many things in medicine. I find myself in various situations, thinking of ways to share them on the blog. Rotating recently through a hospital, an idea hit so clearly and in such a vivid way that I had to write about it. The word "merc...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

November 17, 2017

Roomies During Medical Training

We've all seen the sitcoms revolving around roommates and the special sense of camaraderie they always share. It's something that seems so light-hearted and whimsical yet deeply fulfilling at the same time. Well, my past experiences with roommates haven't always been so g...

Posted By: Neil C. Bhavsar  

November 14, 2017

The Best One-on-One Instruction in My Life

If you kept track of the number of choices you make in a day, how high do you think your tally would reach? Believe it or not, our days are filled with thousands of conscious and unconscious decisions that subtly wear down our mental faculties: food alo...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

November 13, 2017

Trying Not to Cry in Front of a Patient

I could feel my eyes welling up. So began the excessive blinking, darting my eyes to different spots in the room, and desperately trying to think of something else. Anything to hold back tears. Tears aren't a good look at 7 am on a Thursday morning when you're in the midd...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

November 12, 2017

Learning How to Break a Promise to a Patient

I usually take great care to explain the clinical status and upcoming plans to my patients, and I do take a fair amount of pride in it. Sometimes, the patients will compliment me on my ability to explain things in layman terms patiently and effectively. I feed off of the ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

November 11, 2017

What I Learned on an EM Rotation

I just started my formal clinical rotations. With this comes more responsibility. One of these responsibilities is that I now have a night shift in one of the main public hospitals in the country. The adult ED there is hectic, and scores of patients comes through at a tim...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

November 9, 2017

How Xbox Helps During Med School

During the first week of classes, every student had an individual session with counselors in the student affairs office. The key message I got from my meeting was that I should find something that isn't med school related, and just do it whenever I can. A lo...

Posted By: Neil C. Bhavsar  

November 8, 2017

Popping the Med School Bubble

Keeping up with politics and harboring discussion with people who have different perspectives was something I often sought out before entering school. Now, most of my discussions with my peers are inundated with questions along the lines of if we have a mandatory lecture,...

Posted By: Neil C. Bhavsar  

 
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