The Differential
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May 25, 2009

I Wish You Were My Doctor

I’m currently finishing up a gastroenterology elective rotation.  Last week, I was working at the clinic, and I interviewed a patient who primarily complained of chronic diarrhea.  After evaluating the patient, the attending physician agreed that the patient needed a colonoscopy, so I made him an appointment for a week later.  

I happened to be in the colonoscopy suite the next week when he came in.  By the time I saw him, he was already gowned up and lying on a stretcher, waiting to be wheeled into the procedure room.  I walked over to him to see how he was doing, and I could tell that he was very anxious about the colonoscopy. ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

May 23, 2009

What's Different?

Do you feel changed after your birthday?  

Put me in the "it's just another day" category.  Well except that I was born on a national holiday...  It's been a long while since I could answer, "what's different about me today?" any dif...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

May 18, 2009

In Their Shoes

"Never say never."

I entered medical school thinking that I was very clear about The Big Issues of Life, like euthanasia, abortion, etc. etc. But, as someone older and wiser predicted (ok, my mother), my feelings have somewhat changed. Recently, b...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

May 18, 2009

End of the Year

We’re drawing our year to a close here at DCOM, and because it’s a fairly new school and I am in only the second of the classes to be admitted here, there is a lot of excitement around each of the new steps that are taken by the 2011'ers.

As they get rea...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

May 17, 2009

Motherhood and Dirty Dishes

One of my biggest concerns about going to medical school was how I'd manage it with two young kids. In realilty I knew I could manage it just fine because I had a fabulous husband who is a very dedicated and engaged father. I wasn't so much concerned for the kids getting the paren...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

May 17, 2009

What Really Matters

Lately, my social life lately has been highly dependent on my skill as a box packer. Now that the match has identified my next professional step and I've found

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

May 17, 2009

Hate Is A Four Letter Word

My last post, “That Is So Gay” generated a huge number of comments, and since I don’t have the time to reply to each commenter individually, I decided to write a follow-up post to address a few issues....

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

May 10, 2009

The Power and Pitfalls of Persuasion

"Maybe you have physiologic anxiety," I said to the young woman sitting on the exam table in front of me. I sat on a stool in order to avoid looking down on her. She was a young African American woman, recently returned to the area to be near family. She had recently started a new...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

May 10, 2009

Goodbyes

Graduation is a time of new opportunities and of goodbyes. Since I still have 4 weeks of medical school remaining, my calender has been occupied mostly with farewells. Dinners with friends who are unlikely to travel to that metropolitan cultural center of New H...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

May 10, 2009

Relationships in Medical School

As none of you know, save for those who know me personally, I'm engaged.

It's great, she's a wonderful woman and we are a great match -- the only downside to our relationship is that we're 15 hours apart. You see, we met in college in Minnesota and now that I'm in T...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

 
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