The Differential
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February 1, 2010

Am I burnt out?

No, not at the moment. I'm strangely happy for a medical student. Interviews are over. I passed step 2CK. I'm not really worried about CS. All my required clerkships are done. I'm taking cool electives. Even as I glide into that second half of my fourth year, a time when the whole fourth year class is overcome by that special brand of bliss that comes when you can let up a little, the hard-working second year student who I'm tutoring reminds me all too well that burn-out is not that far in my past and will likely be something I'll experience again.  Do you know what I'm talking about? Do you know the signs? If you happen to be there just this instant, are you afraid y...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

January 31, 2010

Responsibility

All members of society must take responsibility for their words and actions, and as physicians, we must take this responsibility all the more seriously, for we must be role models for our patients.

Throughout our careers we will have thousands of people coming to us for ad...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

January 29, 2010

How Do You Deal With the "Match Attack?"

I'm sure that all of you med students out there who are not currently applying for the U.S. Residency Match are horribly sick and tired of hearing from those of us who are. And I'm very sorry to continue the assault. But in our defense, we really can't help it. For those of us try...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

January 21, 2010

Yo Hablo Poquito Español

I consider myself very lucky to have completed most of my clinical rotations during med school in one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York City. The neighborhood in which I’ve spent the majority of my time happens to be predominantly Latino. 

The fi...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

January 19, 2010

Where is the medicine?

In the last couple of months, I have completed 4 practice drug charts, written 2 essays on meeting dying patients, attended a whole day's worth of 'Management and Leadership' seminars and am now no longer able to avoid writing the essay on teamwork. I feel as thou...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

January 19, 2010

Why Don't You Get Lasik, Doc?

I was attending my ophthalmology rotation last week and this question popped into my head one day: Why do most ophthalmologists I meet still wear glasses? Isn't it ironic that ophthalmologists themselves don't get Lasik while they perform it everyday?

Hence I thought about the p...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

January 15, 2010

Sneak Preview of the Doctor I'm Becoming

Physics, much less particle physics, was never my strong point, but I do have an intuitive understanding that observation changes behavior, whether at the level of electrons or whole organisms. Almost a year ago I wrote a piece about starting to feel at home in the hospital. Adapt...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

January 14, 2010

Drugs in India

I just got back from a big shopping trip to India with my mom. While we were in Mumbai, she had a respiratory infection, so we went to the pharmacy for some azithromycin. I wondered if her license was valid in another country, but didn’t think too much of this, because my mo...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

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 unlu...

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  

 
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