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March 22, 2009

Fat and Fit: Is It Possible?

Bob Hicok's collection of poems, This Clumsy Living, contains one about the letter his father wants him to write to his mother, pleading with her to eat less. (She is, to his father's thinking, too fat.) But he cannot bring himself to write that letter, and instead tells us things about his mother: that she floats, that she weighs by extension of herself more than half a ton, including her 7 children and their 14 eyes. The final line of the poem is a simple prayer, lord make me round. My take on the poem ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

March 22, 2009

Twittering in Medicine

If you're reading this right now, chances are that you read a lot of blogs, and hence have heard of Twitter, a social networking and micro-blogging site. I must admit that I am not the hugest fan of social n...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

March 18, 2009

Just Another Day

So today is Match Day.

At noon Eastern Daylight Time, American fourth year medical students, their friends and family will witness the agony and ecstasy generated by the release of results by the National R...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

March 18, 2009

Discovering Your Doctor's Limitations

My friends and I just got back from a trip to St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands. I know, I know, the life of fourth year medical students is so hard! We went snorkeling, hiking, sailing, napping, and had a few unfortunate incidents involving sea urchins.

When we retu...

Posted By: Anna Burkhead  

March 17, 2009

An Introduction for the New Guy

Hi. I'm Ted.

So, I'm the new guy.

I figured before I started to pour my little blog-shaped heart out to the masses, some form of introduction might be nice.

I've been involved in healthcare in one aspect or another since I was 16, and it became incre...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

March 16, 2009

Elk Jerky

I ate elk jerky for the first time this week. My patient's 14-year-old grandson shot the elk in the foothills of the Cascade mountains last season. The family butchered the meat together and hired a friend to cure and spice it. But I didn't know all that when M...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

March 15, 2009

The Weight of Knowledge

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

White coats are evil and spread diseases. This is why we no longer wear white coats in our hospital. This is also why every medical student walking past has the tendency to jangle. I am o...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

March 15, 2009

Owl in a Day's Work

There are only a few days left before Match day, and I'm pretty excited to find out where I'm going. It's been a long process (I began working on my application back in July and August of 2008).

I've also been thinking about how close the beginning of in...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

March 14, 2009

Confessions of an Addict

It’s time to come clean. I have a dirty little secret that I’ve kept from many people for a long time. I have intentionally not written about it publicly, as I was afraid of all the condemning comments and accusatory reactions. I'm a med studen...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

March 14, 2009

Honor Your Mother and Other "Meathead" Patients

In clinic a few weeks ago, I observed a doctor in the throes of trying to explain to a patient that she had asthma. The patient was a newly diagnosed asthmatic who'd never heard of "restrictive" lung disease, or "reflux with a component of aspiration." She kept asking questi...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

 
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