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August 16, 2009

An Open Letter to the Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013,

Congratulations on being accepted into medical school! Your presence in this class is a testament to many positive personal attributes, not least of all your intelligence and your persistence. Most of you know the statistics on how hard it is to get into medical school, and you being in this class means that your application (which is hopefully an accurate representation of you as a person) was superior to those who did not matriculate this year. This is quite a feat!

I feel that as a far wiser second year (ahem... or not, but I did manage to learn a few things last year) I may be in a position to offer you some advice:

Fi...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

August 15, 2009

Interpreter of Maladies

It would normally be the doctor who breaks bad news to the patient. However, it was me who had to tell a 70 year-old lady that she is likely to have liver cancer at the outpatient clinic about a week ago. I had to do the job because our supervising doctor was a visiting scholar from Ind...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

August 14, 2009

How Surgeons See Women: It Cuts Like a Knife

"And if she were the size of an old oak or sported a beard, or had a lopsided grin or was 40 with three children, one still in diapers, would it be any less tragic? Is it really more tragic because she is beautiful?"

I'd been holding back for six weeks at each comment I'd ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

August 12, 2009

Chalk and Cheese

"I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap."

Part of the charm of having small group supervisions as an undergraduate, where the teaching staff was very variable in their background, was that ...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

August 11, 2009

Reconnecting With Life

I have a confession to make. For the last week, I haven’t done a single thing related to medicine or medical school. I haven’t treated a single patient, been in a hospital, donned latex gloves, taken a history, studied for an exam, performed a neurological ev...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

August 10, 2009

Remember to Live

“Entering the medical field ushers you into a new world of understanding the body and tribulations that it can undergo. Along with it you meet interesting colleagues, mentors, and friends. However, it is also easy to be trapped in this world of medicine. You can easily b...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

August 9, 2009

Nomads

It's somewhat odd how living the life of a medical student frequently feels like playing the part of a nomadic tribesman. At the end of May, with the help of my then-fiancée, I packed up my apartment into a few large boxes and filled my small Camry to the brim, then ...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

August 7, 2009

The Patient's Right to Smoke

I hate to lie, but sometimes, partial truths are as good as full, when patient dignity is at stake.

OK, I'll start with the truth -- I hate cigarette smoke. I hate the damage it wreaks on human bodies and on family finances. I hate my mother smoking and I didn't let her sm...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

August 5, 2009

The Worst Investment of My Life

I wonder if you have ever bought a medical textbook, which cost a fortune, and then two days later you decided it was just the worst textbook ever?

Well for two years, this particular introductory textbook for surgery sat on my shelf. I bought it at the beginning of my third yea...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

August 4, 2009

Surgical Gloves

While I was doing my elective in neurosurgery in Shanghai, I had this interesting experience in the operating room...

I was extremely excited when my supervising doctor told me I could scrub up and watch the neurosurgery he was doing in close proximity. I washed my hands, put on...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

 
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