The Differential
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May 29, 2009

Practicing What You Preach

"How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?"

Doctors smoke, drink (too much) and, quite often, eat too much junk; a healthier sector of the population we generally are not! And yet the medical profession is forever warning of the evils of these three indulgences. A particularly memorable moment at my GP attachment was when the doctor, who was overweight himself, commented that the patient really could do with losing some weight to reduce his cardiovascular risk. The patient looked somewhat bemused and then slightly amused... he did not seem convinced of th...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

May 28, 2009

How Much Do I Know?

As I’m reflecting back on this year it becomes somewhat challenging to really quantify the amount of knowledge that I, and my classmates, have accumulated. I suppose there are some ways to do this -- like credit hours or time spent in class or books read, but that doe...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

May 27, 2009

Notes on Denial From San Francisco

When my mother had a seizure a year and half ago, I thought for sure she must have an arterial-venous malformation that bled. It was something I'd at least heard of; we'd not yet gotten to brain tumors in my medical school curriculum, although we soon would, at about the time the ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

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...

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  

 
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