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November 25, 2009

A Love-Hate Relationship With Pagers

"I don't own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say my name, and I say 'what?' and turn my head slightly."

I got my bleep back today. I had lent it to my reg for the last few weeks (on the basis that if your patient was having chest pain, you'd probably rather bleep a cardio reg than a final year med student) but he returned it after having been "ordered to give it back" by the medical education office. So now it's back on my trouser loop, jostling for room with my pens, tourniquet and mobile. And, I must admit, I've been having rather mixed feelings ab...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

November 22, 2009

How Do I Choose a Residency Program?

It's nearing the end of November and I've now been to quite a few residency interviews. I'm starting to get a real feel for the different types of programs, and which places might be a good fit for me. However, I am also somewhat overwhelmed by the impending need to create a rank ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

November 22, 2009

Choose your own Adventure

Nestled between two respiratory unit exams, which incidentally could quite possibly be the nastiest physiology out there, was a neat little thing that our administration put together called: "Hospital Day."

If your administration doesn't host an event like this, it ...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

November 19, 2009

You Can't Help Me

My classmate and I heard that there was a lady who had a heart murmur, so we went to see the patient and introduced ourselves to her.

"You can't help me," she said. "I came in because of my swollen abdomen. There is nothing wrong with my heart."

I am sure every one of us...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

November 17, 2009

Why Is Exam Prep So Mentally Challenging?

Last weekend when I began running the half-marathon, I saw a girl wearing a hot pink shirt that said, “Running is a mental sport, and we’re all insane.” Filled with race day excitement, I laughed to myself, knowing how true it was -- well, at least the first part...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

November 15, 2009

Then and Now

I just stumbled upon the very first blog post I ever wrote for The Differential. As I re-re...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

November 12, 2009

Best Reads for Psych Rotations

I just started my last required clerkship, Psychiatry. Unfortunately, it falls in the heat of interview season and I will be trying to master the details of motivational interviewing whie I am myself running around the country being interviewed for residency. I don't know that I'l...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

November 11, 2009

101 Ways to Do Something Correctly

One of the most frustrating things about learning clinical medicine is the umpteen different ways one can be taught to do the same thing. Just like surgical juniors realise that they have to do/ not do certain things when they're operating with any given consultan...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

November 8, 2009

Residency Interview Tips

Residency interview season is in full swing. I've already been to a few interviews, and I have picked up one some common do's and don'ts. Here is a list of residency interview tips that I've compiled based on my own experience and advice from others:

1) Stay Organi...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

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 with...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

 
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