The Differential
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January 12, 2010

A Trip Inside a Great Mind

I have always wanted to go on a trip inside the minds of people living with psychiatric disorders. What exactly are their thought processes? How differently do they perceive the world from us?

This has become a reality when I came across Tim Page's book Parallel Play. This is an autobiography of a truly gifted individual. He won the Pulitzer Prize on criticism for his writings in classical music and is a professor in journalism and music. What is most special about him is that he achieved the above accomplishments as a consequence of, but not in spite of, his Asperger's syndrome.

The title Parallel Play stems from his feeling that "... at the ag...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

January 7, 2010

Avoiding Disaster on the Interview Trail

Why on earth is she staring at the hem of her pinstripe pants, and not just once, but every few minutes, and not just briefly, but for eternal tens of seconds? There she goes again, turning one ankle and then the other one to inspect the edges of her neatly cuffed pants. Now ...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

January 5, 2010

I Love Almonds!

I recently began an elective rotation in nephrology. The other day we were rounding on our patients when we came to the room of a 40-something year old man, whom I’ll call James. Since I was new to the service I wasn’t yet familiar with all of the patients. My first im...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

January 3, 2010

When I grow up...

"My outer child is holding my inner adult hostage."

When my non-medic and thus currently working friends come to visit, I am reminded of how much I am currently existing in the pupal stage of life. I have been a student for the past 18 years of my...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

January 3, 2010

A Childhood Dream

It is a reflective experience to re-read what you wrote when you were a child.

I came across an essay I wrote in my forth grade while cleaning up my house a few days earlier. It was for my Chinese class and titled "What I Will Be In Twenty years". Here is my translated essay:</p...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

December 29, 2009

Take a Break!

After what went from a hopeful and much anticipated semester to the inevitable feeling of the last 0.2 miles of a marathon has finally become time for a break.

The feeling of decompression was doubled by what started as an irritating event. My laptop that the school...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

December 24, 2009

The Bare Necessities

"Have fun in China...and, for God's sake, try to relax!"

This was my friend's response when I told him I was off to China for the Christmas vacation. Sadly, this is not an atypical reaction. I admit I spend half my time hyper and half my time gett...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

December 23, 2009

Perseverance

Jennifer was sitting in her wheelchair and smiling cheerfully when we met. I suggested that we go somewhere outdoors for the interview. When we came to a small slope I asked her if she needed any help. She rejected my offer politely but I could see from her expressions that wheeling up ...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

December 22, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I don't usually make "new year's resolutions," as it seems silly to make huge, sweeping statements about an entire year that I'll likely not live up to. Instead, I prefer to think of the new year as a time to reflect and think about ways to progress and grow. However, I do love li...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

December 21, 2009

Getting "Other Information" on the Interview Trail

In six hours it's hard to get a sense of what it would be like to be a resident at a given hospital. How do you go about finding out if you will just survive or actually thrive in a given hospital and the community it is part of?  I've been to over half a dozen places now and...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

 
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