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November 8, 2009

Watching Over Your Shoulders

Most textbooks on clinical examination suggest that male doctors and students be accompanied by a female chaperone when examining female patients. But what is written in textbooks is sometimes not practiced in real life. In Hong Kong, I often see male doctors examine elderly ladies without a chaperone.

I think most doctors in Hong Kong consider having a chaperone something necessary but not absolutely necessary. That is why my classmates and I were shocked when we found out a male doctor was sentenced to jail for 9 months for allegedly sexually harassing a teenage girl while examining her without a chaperone.

It was sensational news and the story made it...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

November 5, 2009

Catching the Flu

With most of North America entering into colder weather, it means that flu season is upon us. What is great is that we, at least in Eastern Tennessee, have a plentiful amount of flu vaccines, particularly for the students here at my medical college.

Yet, even with t...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

November 4, 2009

My First Death

"Nothing is certain in life...except death and taxes."

When I was applying for medical school, my teachers were all very concerned with the emotional stresses of the job, for example, when a patient dies. If you haven't experienced something like ...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

November 4, 2009

The Dancing is Forever

"You remember the extremes Wittgenstein says There is no such thing as ordinary Experience" -- from Marie at Tea by Alicia Ostriker, March 1995

I'm up way too late. I tried to sleep but the coffee I've been chug-a-lugging all day just won't quit. I tried to sleep ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

October 31, 2009

Don't Fear the Reaper

I recently came upon an interesting Op-Ed in the New York Times about the meaning of life. In the article, the author describes an exper...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

October 27, 2009

Mandatory Flu Vaccines! What's Your Take?

While my fellow blogger Kendra is down with Swine Flu and I'm home taking care of my daughter who has the same deal, I can only be grateful that I got the H1N1 vaccine while I was on an away e...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

October 27, 2009

The Responsibility of TV

"The most important single influence in the life of a person is another person ... who is worthy of emulation."

My Saturday evenings pretty much revolve around trashy TV, with 'Casualty' being the programme which rounds off a vegetative night on t...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

October 27, 2009

Respect

In the movie "The Ugly Truth" there was this "perfect guy" character. He was tall, handsome, and intelligent. Interestingly, of all the professions the scriptwriters could choose for this "perfect guy", they chose to make him a doctor.

It seems like the word doctor<...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

October 27, 2009

Pre-test Rituals

How would the average medical student score on a mini mental examination during test week? I have a feeling that several of us would not fare so well.

Exam-induced anxiety has the ability to make even the most down-to-earth medical students a little nutty. Just seeing my c...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

October 23, 2009

I Don't Dig on Swine Flu

This is not an easy post to write. I feel as though I’m on the edge of death, and my brain feels like a pile of steaming sludge. But I thought it might be valuable to share my experience right now with the world (

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

 
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