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February 13, 2010

It's not you, it's me...or is it?

"If you're not actively involved in getting what you want, you don't really want it."

When you meet a new firm for the first time, do you get 'first-date' jitters? A slightly nervous excitement and the hope that they're a firm who like students, who'll like you. That you'll find the next n-number of weeks pleasant, fun even. That you'll smile when you see your firm, and mean it.

At the start of all new relationships, you set out ready to please and be pleased. You try to make a good impression and, even though perhaps it doesn't seem to be as important to you right away, you hope that they'll make a good impression on you. And, you...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

February 12, 2010

Taking Time Off From Medical School: When, Where, How?

Looking over the responses to my last post, I thought this might be an appropriate topic to discuss. It's not that I don't share the group sentiment that there's some major things in the culture of medicine, apparently all over the world, that need to change so students can feel b...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

February 9, 2010

MMR, a high-profile retraction, and effective communication

Earlier this month, the Lancet- which is one of the oldest, most respected medical journals in the world- retracted a study that purported to link the measels, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism (original...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

February 8, 2010

A Little Bedside Manner Goes a Long Way

Today at the hospital there were two cases, which reminded me how important a doctor’s bedside manner can be for patient care. The first case was a patient presenting to the ambulatory surgery area for a procedure. One of the other medical students approached the patient (I&...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

February 4, 2010

Estimated Time To Cancer Surgery - 4 Months

The next patient was about to enter the door.

Since the patient first presented to this specialist clinic, he had already waited for two months for an “urgent” CT scan. After the scan was completed, they waited for another two weeks for this follow-up appointment.</p...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

February 3, 2010

Advice for New Medical Students

It's January 16th, 2010, but thanks to the University of Vermont's accelerated medical curriculum, I'm nearing the end of my pre-clerkship courses (I write boards in February and start clerkship in March; for all of you on traditional, two-year pre-clerkship schedules: It's okay t...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

February 3, 2010

In pursuit of busi-ness

"The busy man is trouble with but one devil; the idle man by a thousand."

Busy = stressed. Stressed = not bored. Bored = unhappy. So, to be happy, I need to be stressed? Ok, I appreciate the flawed logic. But, I have just switched firms from one w...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

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...

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  

 
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