The Differential
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July 29, 2009

Chewing the Fat on Socialized Medicine

Thank you to those who replied to my previous post about socialized health care. I especially enjoyed reading the comments from those of you who were working for the UK's NHS as well as those from other countries who offered their perspective on how their systems work. My personal hope is that the US system will be reworked to help eliminate some of the massive inefficiencies and wastes that are found in the insurance side of things yet not force us into a government run health system. As a few of you pointed out, our VA system here tends to have a reputation that is less than glowing and it would be really discouraging if the rest of our health system would be seen...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

July 27, 2009

And, ACTION!

Right now, I’m waiting for a friend to get x-rays in the walk-in clinic at the UT Medicine Diagnostic Pavilion. Why? Apparently, med students are hardcore about everything, even amateur filmmaking.
   
A few hours ago, I think we may have been intox...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 27, 2009

A Sigh of Relief

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism."

When I found out I passed my pathology exams in June, I was pretty relieved and pretty chuffed I wouldn’t have to spend my elective reading about bacteria and such! However, I was nowhere near as t...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

July 24, 2009

Yelp! I Need a Doctor!

It's 2:00 in the afternoon and I have been running errands all day in Manhattan. I just realized that I haven't eaten lunch and I am having a serious craving for sushi. But I don't know the area that well, and I want to make sure I find a place that serves fresh sushi, w...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

July 22, 2009

Litmus Test for Risk-Taking, Challenges and Adventures

While continuing to stuggle between radiology and emergency medicine, I met an EM physician who has offered me a dream opportunity that encompases aspects of both fields -- to write a grant and visit a clinic in Sudan for a few weeks. If my mother knew I was considering going, I t...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

July 20, 2009

Hail to purple. Hail to white.

Here is an entry devoted to all my fellow Northwestern fans.

Of the several anecdotes our pharmacology professor gave us in the first week of lecture, my favorite was about a fabulously fun compound called rhodamine. He described a healthy child taken to the doctor with on...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 17, 2009

Taking Work Home

The phone rings.

“Arti, I have a butterfly rash. OH MY GOD, it has spread to my arms. I feel like I’m on fire.”

“Are you turning into a clown? You already have big feet.”

With that, my best friend decided to consult my brother,...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 15, 2009

Asking Why

"Some doctors are the type who, when their patient turns blue, are happy with the thrill of the code and saving them. But, if you're the type of person who asks 'Why did my patient turn blue', then you should consider Academic Medicine."

Such was ...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

July 15, 2009

Fear Factor - Applying For a Residency

It' s that wonderful time of year for fourth-year medical students.  ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) has opened, and students are beginning to fill out their applications.  As a fourth-y...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

July 14, 2009

Lessons From Patients: Living with Clear Intentions and a Healthy Fear of the Unknown

Today I kissed my children in the morning while they slept. Today I held a woman's hand while she labored. Today, with my teacher I delivered a perfect baby girl. I taught a third year medical student how to put on sterile gloves. I pushed my 62-year-old aunt on a 50 foot rope swi...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

 
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