The Differential
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March 9, 2009

Feeling at Home in the Hospital

When I hit the hospital floors in July of last year, I felt so alien I wanted to get out of my own skin. The computer system, the new interns, the residents who were fresh out of their intern year, the new attendings in the hospital. It was all so new, I wanted to quit again, even though I knew it was well past the time for quitting. Somewhere between the end of classes, studying for boards, and the month I'd taken off, I'd forgotten everything I learned in the class that was supposed to prepare me for being in the hospital. Oral presentations, soap notes, looking up lab values, interpreting labs. It was all foreign. What was an assessment? A disposition?

Thr...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

March 8, 2009

When Language Runs Dry

Recently, I came across a quote from Virginia Woolf:

The merest schoolgirl, when she falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language at once runs dry. -- from <...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

March 7, 2009

An Atypical Sunday Morning (Part 2)

"You're going to visually inspect my breasts in four positions,” Sarah explained. "Then you’ll check my lymph nodes and then palpate my breast. You can use whatever method you want, just make sure you cover all the breast tissue. And don’t forget to check fo...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

March 5, 2009

Making a fuss

"There is too much said about the number of women Don Juan loved and nothing about their quality; so much about morals, and none about his taste."*

I remember having to go to see the doctor in my nearby hospital every now and again when I was much...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

March 4, 2009

Participate in a Live Medical Blog Carnival

Each week on Medscape, we publish a column that profiles medical bloggers who are hosting Grand Rounds that week. Grand Rounds is a "blog carnival" that highlights posts from physicians, nurses, med students and others. This next Grand Rounds will include a live Webinar to be held Monday evening, March 9. It promises to ...

Posted By: Christine Wiebe  

March 4, 2009

When Patients Don't Tell You Their Diagnosis

"If you listen to your patient, they will tell you their diagnosis." - Sir William Osler

An 89-year old female presents to the emergency department.  This morning, she was talking on the phone to her daughter, when suddenly she began ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

March 1, 2009

Vertigo

Last week, I had to go home early.  Why? My current rotation makes me dizzy.  And it's not just the rotating part.  It's the rounds!

On my schedule each week is pre-rounds, morning rounds, quick rounds, palliative care rounds, Dr. B round...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

February 28, 2009

Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

The deadline for making changes to my rank list of residency programs has passed, meaning that I and other graduating medical students have almost three weeks to wait until the next several years of our lives are determined in one fell swoop on match day.  ...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

February 27, 2009

The Best and the Worst

The best teachers I have had in medical school…
…let me see patients on my own
…actually listened to me present details and ideas
…paged me when there were interesting procedures to watch
…told me about their paths to w...

Posted By: Anna Burkhead  

February 27, 2009

An Atypical Sunday Morning

My Sundays are usually the days I am able to sleep in – and any day I get to sleep in is a good one. I appreciate these opportunities. So you understand my disappointment when the only time I could schedule myself in for Pelvic/Breast Lab was on a Sunday morning at 8:00...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

 
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