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March 30, 2009

Top 10 Tips for Fourth Year

This is around the time of year that third year students are scheduling or rearranging their fourth year schedules. And just so that everyone out there knows that I'm not just a bitter old man who's critical of the match and/or medical education system, here's a top ten list of advice my classmates would offer you third years as you refine your schedules.



  1. Pick electives that you (a) may never get to do again (b) will help you be a better resident or (c) have great hours.

  2. Try to block 5-8 weeks for interviews between October and Fe...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

March 29, 2009

The Clock is Ticking --Time to Choose a Specialty

Match day is over for the forth-year students, but for third year's things are just getting warmed up. Some of my classmates have already figured out where they want to be, but I'm still in the midst of trying to sort out what I'll be applying to in just a few short months. ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

March 29, 2009

All In The Family

I just finished up my second week of my family medicine rotation. The first two weeks I was on night-call at the hospital. I have learned more in two weeks of rotating in family medicine than I did in twelve weeks of internal medicine. The residents give m...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

March 28, 2009

A Little Info About D.O.s

Thank you all for the welcoming wishes as well as the input and questions. I won’t always have time to respond directly in a post, but I would love to have an open forum for earnest questions and feedback.

I’ll try to answer a couple of questions that we...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

March 24, 2009

Paediatrics

“The characteristic of a normal child is that he doesn’t act that way very often.”

Whilst I’m in no hurry to have any of my own, I’ve decided I quite like children. In the clinical I-get-to-play-with-them-then-hand-th...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

March 23, 2009

Strange Days

Like Thomas says, Match Day was an odd mix of an ordinary day and a surreal, life-changing haze. I would like to tell you about it. I have some pictures that turned out weird because the lights were dim, but th...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

March 23, 2009

Relearning Communication Skills

Last week was my spring break. It was a beautiful period of time, and at the beginning I believed that I would be able to return to Minnesota, study for a few days, work out for a few days, and see friends.

Instead, I caught up on sleep, saw friends and studied near...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

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...

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  

 
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