The Differential
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July 2, 2009

Men, Women, or Both? The Pink Party or Sex Ed San Francisco Style

"Well, sir, with a little gentle lavage I think we can remove what's left of that gerbil and send you on your way," joked the Emergency Room physician lecturing us during the first year of medical school. The lecture by one of the physicians on staff was probably the first time in my medical career that the topic of sex came up, and it made, as you might guess, a lasting impression. It also made me wonder what I was going to be dealing with in the next four years and beyond.

At the time I felt that the story he was telling was irrelevant, and motivated by his desire to be funny. Humor is one way of getting the attention of a bunch of tired medical students, but bey...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

June 27, 2009

What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been

During my family medicine clinical rotation, I treated a 7-year old girl for an ear infection. That might sound (pun intended) like a very mundane and simple thing to do, but technically it’s taken me over three years of medical school to get to this point. And dur...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

June 27, 2009

Documenting My First Shift

How do you measure your time in the emergency department? Here are some options:



  • 3 Admissions, 2 discharges, 2 patients signed out

  • 2 echocardiograms, 2 sonographic Murphy's signs, a probable pleural effusion by ultrasound</l...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

June 24, 2009

Talking the Talk

"...so we bemuse and confuse, by using eponymous names..." - lyric from The Dorsal Horn Concert (Amateur Transplants)

I remember the time, years ago, when I wanted to be a doctor but hadn't started med school yet. My inspiration those days were th...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

June 23, 2009

Reflections on Tickling Patients, Laughter and the End of Third Year

I’m about to be a fourth year medical student -- and I still feel like I don’t know anything most of the time. On the night of the first migrant farm clinic this year, however, I had a rare moment where I suddenly realized how much more comfortable I was interviewing a...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

June 20, 2009

Lose Yourself

"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it. You better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo." -Eminem

Who am I? I am an optimist, a friend, a runne...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

June 19, 2009

Gettin' Hitched

So on the eve of my wedding tomorrow, as I try to quiet my thoughts prior to getting up early to get ready for the morning ceremony, I thought I’d share with you the ways that I hope that next year will be even better than my first year.

1. Clothes. Yes I wear...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

June 17, 2009

Stranger in a Strange Land

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

So, I'm sitting here waiting for the junior resident (yes, I have learnt to use North American terms...) to review and admit this patient. It's 7 pm and I've been in the hospital for 12 hours alre...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

June 16, 2009

Yeah. But Iím dying.

I had the opportunity to shadow a number of physicians this last week or so, and it’s been wonderful.

It’s something about being back in the clinical setting that really helps remind me of the joys of medicine and why it is that I am working as hard as I...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

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 Syra...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

 
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