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May 9, 2009

That Time of Year... Again

It's "exam term" in Cambridge -- words which conjure up some of my worst and best memories of university. Unlike at school, where exams were a bit of a blip, exams practically become a way of life this term for most people. Last year, we had a morning of MCQs and 2 OSCEs (practical/ patient sessions) which was quite a nice break from the undergrad exams, but this year, we're right back on track with Pathology, Paeds and OBGYN finals 3 weeks away. And, I'm getting reminded of all that was horrible and all that was good (believe it or not, there are some good things about exam term) about this term.

The Good:

1) The fact that *everyone* is ju...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

May 6, 2009

My Commencement Address

My med school didn't ask me to deliver a commencement address. This was probably a good idea on their part. Besides, sharing the stage with former-almost-nominee-for-Surgeon-General Sanjay Gupta could have only made me look bad. Anyway, if someone had asked me, here's what I...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

May 6, 2009

That Is So Gay

I am a very easy going person. I infrequently get upset or irritated by people. But there are two things that really tend to get me all worked up: racism and homophobia. I tend to like most people, but once they start making racist or homophobic comments, it's very ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

May 4, 2009

Swine Flu Hits Home

I just got home from my weekend away in the Adirondack Mountains just before the onset of blackfly season and just as the spring flowers were opening in the understory of the hardwoods. It was a much-needed get away after the hectic end of my surgery clerkship. The shelf exam was ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

May 3, 2009

Cross Country Home Search

The span between Match Day and internship is brief. For many fourth year students it is three months. Some medical schools graduate their students in April or May. Others push into June. I'm in the latter category, leaving 8 days between graduati...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

April 28, 2009

My Other Addiction

This week is going to be a stressful one.  I have exactly one week off from the hospital, and during this week, I have to move the rest of my belongings from an apartment in Baltimore, Maryland to my parents'  farm in Virginia for storage.  I have a few very heavy p...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

April 27, 2009

Letting us in

"I have never liked working... To me, a job is an invasion of privacy."

I was at Uro-gynae clinic today and spent half of it standing outside the room with my colleague because several patients did not wish to have students sitting in on their con...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

April 26, 2009

Shaking the Shadows, Reconnecting through the Weather

Sometimes it seems like it's emotional trauma all day, from the twitching jaw muscles on tearless fathers to the wives in the waiting room. They cry from fear, sadness, anxiety, they cry that they missed the moment their husbands were wheeled away. This one cries more than the oth...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

April 25, 2009

Livin' in the Hills

Typically when someone walks into a bar with a gun in plain sight tucked in a shoulder holster, it would cause at least some level of alarm.

Typically when someone walks into a bar with a group of 8 people, all dressed like Confederate soldiers, it would cause at le...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

April 25, 2009

A failure to communicate

Dr. Pauline Chen raises some interesting points about interpretation in the hospital in this NYTimes column. After sharing th...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

 
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