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October 5, 2009

A Thick Skin is a Gift from God

"On average, a doctor qualifying today will get sued once every 10 years... so you should expect to be at the centre of a court proceeding at least 3 times during your career."

Assuming you/ your career makes it through the first time...!

On the radio the other day, I heard an advert that basically ran something like this: "When you or a loved one goes into hospital, your medical problem is usually dealt with competently. Sometimes, however, things can go wrong which can leave you feeling traumatised." The advert then goes on to say how this particular firm of solictors who were 'accident and injury specialists' could help you "get...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

October 4, 2009

Top 10 Mistakes Made in Clinical Rotations

Last week, I watched a med student argue for 20 minutes with a patient about whether or not they were ambulating enough. His actions inspired me to make a top 10 list of mistakes that I've seen students make during their clinical rotations:

1. Arguing with a patien...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

October 1, 2009

Rites of Passage

This afternoon I had to perform one of the most dreaded events of medical school – the digital rectal exam. I’m relieved to say that the anxiety preceding the DRE was far worse than the actual patient interaction.

After it was over, I experienced one of those e...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

October 1, 2009

How to Correct Your Professor?

I was taught by this professor a while ago. He is a good teacher and I really liked his way of teaching. A number of things he taught us, however, were different from the current textbooks. It seems that no one has ever talked to him concerning this issue.

And here comes the que...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

September 30, 2009

Frustration

Yes, gentle readers, I too occasionally find myself nearing the edge of my rope and generally it’s for a lack of perspective.

I apologize, I’ve gotten ahead of myself, let’s start where I should have -- at the beginning.

It’s been a l...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

September 29, 2009

First Needle Stick

My husband fell off of a roof ten years ago. It happened while he was setting up a safety rope that would have, once set up, prevented him from falling. Somehow he got tangled up in it and fell anyway. He managed to grab a hold of it as he was on his way down and it came taut just...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

September 26, 2009

Right to Life or Right to Care?

This week, I was assigned to cover all the gynecological surgery cases at my hospital. I spent my days and nights observing and assisting procedures such as D&Cs (dilation and curettage), TAH BSOs (total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy), cone biopsi...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

September 24, 2009

The Beauty of Geriatrics

Every specialty has its beauty and I have recently discovered the beauty of geriatrics.

The first patient at the clinic was an old gentlemen who had dementia. His mini-mental state examination (MMSE) score was 13/30. He was accompanied by his wife and one of his sons. ...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

September 22, 2009

The Light at the End of a Long Tunnel

"The odds are that the light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of the oncoming train."

Medical school has made me old. Well, anything lasting 6 years will, I suppose. The point is, half of my friends have gone out into the world and done r...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

September 18, 2009

What Art Offers

"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit."  -- John Updike

I was an artist and an urban planner before going to medical school. It was here in Providence, RI, where I’m now doing an elective in Emergency Medicine and still obsessing ab...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

 
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