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September 15, 2009

Obstetrics and Gynecology Haikus

I am now into the third week of my obstetrics and gynecology rotation. My days and nights are packed with pelvic exams, breast palpations, gravid uteri, metric tons of KY Jelly, and the rhythmical sounds of fetal heart beats. I'm absolutely in love with ob/gyn, and my knowledge base has increased exponentially. However, the hours are long, leaving very little time to think, much less write a thoughtful post for the Differential. So, please accept some poetry this week, instead of my usual rant or rave about medicine and medical school. Below are three haikus...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

September 15, 2009

Bed 19, Pediatrics Ward

When I was in my Pediatrics rotation, my classmates told me to go see an interesting patient and examine his abdomen. The only information they told me was that he was in bed 19. We went there but the bed was empty. There was a child on bed 18 and another child sitting on a stool watchi...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

September 14, 2009

Live with hope. Die in peace.


In memory of Patrick Swayze, I repost something I wrote last year after his interview with Barbara Walters. Although his body succumbed to cancer, may his hopeful sp...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

September 14, 2009

The Rumor Mill

One of the greater adjustments that I experienced socially from college to medical school was the issue of returning to a class of around 150 from a class of thousands at the university I attended. Along with the small class size comes familiarity and with that a strange se...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

September 10, 2009

Long Live the NHS!

"In the NHS, don't you have to wait for 6 weeks to see a dentist? And have you seen the British teeth?"

With President Obama pushing for healthcare reform in the recent headlines, a plucky team of BBC reporters went to interview, among others...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

September 10, 2009

Day 2 of Away -- I Think I'm Gonna Stay

I probably can't keep this up for 28 days, but I had to share that I'd finally managed to put in an I.V. on a living patient. I must have made 25 attempts in the last few months and only ever did it on an ortho resident who let me practice on him. I've also allowed myself to be pr...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

September 8, 2009

September 6, 2009

Med Students Are Also Teachers

I distinctly remember the first day of my surgery rotation. Actually, it was a night call.  It was my first real rotation at a busy urban hospital. I knew nothing about how the hospital worked, or how to find information about patients. I didn't know how to per...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

September 5, 2009

Dealing with Change Constantly

Last week a third year student I'd met in the Mindfulness and Meditation class called me to talk about how I'd gotten through third year. She said I was the only one she'd heard say it was hard. For most people, getting out of the classroom and onto the floors is a huge relief, bu...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

September 5, 2009

Facebook and Tobacco

I think most of us have clicked the "Become a fan" or "Join Group" button on Facebook or other social networking websites. Most of those groups you joined probably have silly names or you became a fan of Brad Pitt. However, do you know you can actually join groups like

Posted By: Eric Tam  

 
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