The Differential
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June 16, 2009

News from the Hood and the Emergency Room

I couldn't resist taking another walk on the southside a few weeks ago, but have only now started processing some of the new photos I've taken. A recent article in the local newspaper here says that one in five of the houses is vacant in the the three poorest census tracts in Syracuse. Here is where there is a lot of drug dealing and violence according to the article in the local paper. Working in the emergency room I've seen my share of stab wounds and gunshot wounds walk or roll through the ambulance door. I find myself alternately drawn in and repulsed by the violence. Drawn in because I want to understand it, help to stop it, repulsed because it scares me that people c...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

June 14, 2009

On the Eve of "PGY1"

Much has transpired since my last post: I finished medical school. I received my medical degree. My wife and I packed all of our belongings into 14 feet of a semi trailer. We drove 3000 miles in 3.5 days. We unloaded said trailer into our new home. And tonight ...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

June 10, 2009

The Kids These Days

A few weeks ago I found myself with very little money and hungry for breakfast while on vacation, so I ended up eating an egg and cheese biscuit at a McDonalds.  As I sat inside eating my sandwich, my attention turned to the “playground” area.  I realized tha...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

June 8, 2009

Under The Strawberry Moon

It is the full moon in June, named the strawberry moon by the Native Americans, and it just happens that it corresponded with the first strawberries in my garden. I made a Rhubarb pie and added the first five barely pink ones for extra flavor. It was my breakfast three days runnin...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

June 8, 2009

Elective Time

"People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home."

Now that my exams are over, I can concentrate on the more important things in life, such as sleeping and shopping, but most of all, getting ready f...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

June 5, 2009

M*A*S*H

I felt like I might have been on a modern set of M*A*S*H, complete with characters that would have fit right into that sitcom. Last weekend I volunteered in a RAM, Remote Area Medical, clinic.

The area in which my school is located is fairly rural, and Appalachia ha...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

June 3, 2009

Slum-Doctor Millionaire

Some people are fortunate enough to live in a country that provides free (or very cheap) medical education to its citizens. Other people living in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have parents who can pay for their medical school tuition.  For everything else, there's financi...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

June 2, 2009

Miles To Go Before I Sleep...

I've one more week of capstone classes before graduating. A commenter on my most recent post suggested I reconsider what she correctly identified as my blase attitude t...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

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!...

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  

 
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