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October 19, 2009

Homeschooling During Medical School

The immigration officer couldn't have been more than 25 years old. She stared at me as sternly as she knew how and coughed out, "When I ask you a question, I expect you to answer it!" Apparently "Detroit" was a wholly inadequate answer to the standard "What is your destination?" question, even after the third repetition. From her incredulity, I gathered Detroit is not a destination city for most people crossing the bridge between Windsor, Canada and Detroit, Michigan.

My two kids were strapped down in the back seat with a stack of pillows between them and a huge bag of library books on Diego Rivera, Niagara Falls, the Great Depression and cars. They were just finis...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

October 17, 2009

My Responsibility -- and Yours, Too

As Americans we love our rights, and the concept of “rights” has snuck into our language to often replace the word “privileges.” So with all of this confusion I figured I’d try to take a stab at figuring some of it out and I want to know what y...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

October 15, 2009

Gratitude

Second year freaks me out. Not because of the workload, not because of boards looming before me, but because I’m constantly bombarded with the fact that life as we know it is so fragile.

Every day we learn about pathology and pharmacological side effects and all the ...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

October 15, 2009

Post Break-Up Stress Disorder - DSM V Diagnostic Criteria

I have hardly ever had insomnia before. But a month after my break-up, I found myself restless in bed and woke up at 5:30 in the morning.

I think I have PBUSD, a variant of PTSD. I suggest that PBUSD be added to DSM V when it is published. Here's my suggested diagnostic criteria...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

October 15, 2009

Does my bum look big in this video?

"Education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance."

As part of the minefield that is communication skills teaching at our school, we get video-taped. We're told that this is so we can observe ourselves when we're practicing communicatin...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

October 14, 2009

Residency Interview Success and Debacle

My ob/gyn rotation ended on a Saturday night. After running errands on Sunday, I  stuffed my luggage and two doggies into my incredibly small 2-seater car and drove from New York to Baltimore, where my first residency interview was to take place. I spent the whole day Monday ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

October 10, 2009

Respecting Women and Their Bodies

"I love your tummy," my son said, pressing his face and hands into my stomach, "It’s so soft!" He’s just turned six and he’s always found an astonishing amount of comfort in the softness of what I jokingly refer to as my jelly belly. I don’t have to work ha...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

October 8, 2009

Work Hard

In school, there is this pervasive mentality that studying is uncool. Maybe it starts with the cliques of many high schools, where for some reason your height in the social hierarchy is inversely proportional to your GPA.

In college, the mentality continues but with a new ...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

October 8, 2009

Bodily Fluid in the Air!

It erupted like a volcano the moment I sliced it.

"Pishhhh"

The dark brown juicy contents of a thyroid cyst spurted into the air, became a fountain that was 1.5m tall, and splashed onto the high-definition plasma TV, the wall, the floor and the surgeon's body. I swear I ...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

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...!

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Posted By: Lucia Li  

 
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