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February 24, 2009

The Third-Year Med School Purgatory

I was absolutely elated by the overwhelmingly positive response that my recent blog post received. The feedback and the poll results definitely proved one thing to me: I am not alone.  Not only am I not completely insane for having doubts about wanting to become a doctor, but the vast majority of folks (98%, according to the poll results) have had some doubts about med school at some point in their life.


Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

February 23, 2009

When I Grow Up

Someday, a long time from now, when I grow up, I want to tell the story of how I ended up in medical school: how I first studied painting and printmaking, and then became an urban planner, and then ultimately metamorphosed into a doctor. I can trace the story back to my und...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

February 23, 2009

"Pleasant" Patients

"Be pleasant until 10 am and the rest of the day will take care of itself."

Having sat in countless clinics and having heard countless letters being dictated, I’m familiar with the opening “Thank you for referring this 57-yr-old lady w...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

February 21, 2009

A Little Bit of "Good" Stress

As my sophomore year was about to begin, I received an email asking the returning students to schedule a time to come in and perform a complete physical exam. During the first year, all the students partner up, and by the end of the first year we must pe...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

February 16, 2009

Sexual Harassment In Medical Training

Surgeon: "Would you like to close up the incision?"


Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

February 13, 2009

A silver lining to the financial meltdown?

The other day I was watching an interview with Bethany McLean on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. I have almost zero knowledge of the financial industry, but I'm a big fan of McLean: she broke the Enron story, wrote the definitive book on the debacle (The Smartest Guys i...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

February 12, 2009

A Game of Gross Proportions

"Sometimes it’s not true that the more you put into it, the more you get out."

One of my colleagues recently had a nightmare of a day. I’m sure everyone’s had them… You wake up feeling keen and then everything seems to con...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

February 11, 2009

Animal Therapy

Need to lower your patient's blood pressure? That's easy, right? Write a prescription for a diuretic or a beta-blocker! The patient-centered doc might focus on other issues first: stop smoking, eat better, exercise, get a pet. Wait a minute! Get a pet? What's t...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

February 11, 2009

Med Student Taboo: Admitting Doubt

This is a post I started a while back after talking with someone I respect. He used to teach neuroscience here at Loma Linda University and now helps out with the freshman neuroscience small-group sessions. We were talking about medical school and what medical students go thr...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

February 10, 2009

Getting Worked Up

Recently, I had to take my car to the shop for some work. I was told that it would be an all-day job. A few hours later, I got an excited phone call from the mechanic – something about the brakes. My utter ignorance about car innards combined with my fairly certain idea ...

Posted By: Anna Burkhead  

 
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