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January 12, 2010

A Bad Case of Senioritis

It’s that time of year again. The sounds of sniffles, coughs, sneezes and blowing noses abound. Cold and flu viruses are hiding around every corner, and people are forced to use up their sick days to avoid spreading the bugs.

I have found myself to be one of the unlucky sick. But rather than falling prey to a cold or flu virus, I seem to have come down with a nasty case of senioritis. Is it possible that you have the same illness? Symptoms include:

1) Dreading getting up in the morning, even when you are only going in for a short day at the hospital.

2) Abusing your alarm clock's snooze button every day.

3) Lack of "third-year med stud...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

January 12, 2010

Fast-forward 30 years...

"It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be."

My parents' Christmas holiday was supposed to pan out like this: mum and dad leave together to go to China on the 13th December, they have a little trip somewhere, together, and th...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

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. T...

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  

 
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