The Differential
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March 8, 2010

When I grow up, I want to be…

For the past several months, I have been racking my brain and asking everyone around me the question that troubles, intrigues and confuses me and probably most other medical students in this time in our training – what will I be when I grow up? Of course, I know I will be a doctor, but what specialty will I choose?

At this point, I can honestly tell you that I have no idea. I came into medical school with certain thoughts on what I would like and dislike, and while I have not completely debunked those ideas, I have found that really honing in on what I like and don’t like is much more difficult and choosing a specialty is much less black and white than ...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

March 7, 2010

I Believe in Numbers

A recent article on radiation safety in the New York Times highlighted the risks of high tech treatments that can go awry. Errors in radiation can occur from human error at all levels. Computer pro...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

March 6, 2010

How Will Medicine be Practiced in 10 Years?

I have bought a new smartphone recently (yes, the one that everyone is getting). Flipping my finger blissfully through my new phone made me realize something: smartphones and tablet computers are going to change the way we practice medicine.

Imagine a doctor going to the ward 10...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

March 5, 2010

Book vs. Ward

"There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta."

How is medicine best learnt? We spend the first 3 years of our degree with our noses in books. We spend the last 3 on clinical attachments and the bookwork is ta...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

March 4, 2010

My most memorable patient encounter

He came into the emergency department by ambulance in the early afternoon- an older guy- maybe a bit older than my dad, so, late 60s- with grey hair and a paunch. I didn't get to speak to him. No one did, in fact, because he had arrived VSA, or "vital signs absent," which meant th...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

March 3, 2010

I Saw an Angel

As a medical student, I've heard the phrase "culturally competent care" tossed around with wild abandon. We've received lectures emphasizing the importance of recognizing and appreciating the cultural impact on healthcare. I've read many articles describing methods to integrate cu...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

February 26, 2010

Ranking Residencies on a Gut Level

It's been a day or two since I finally submitted my rank order list. Somehow I didn't think it would be so hard to make. I confess to having stewed about it rather more than I would have liked. I changed it around more than once based on all kinds of rationalizations, but ultimate...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

February 24, 2010

Good Luck in the Match!

Thanks so much to everyone for their lovely and encouraging comments on my last post about my residency match! As to the questions about “pre-matches,” I don’t want to pass along inaccurate information...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

February 24, 2010

Surviving the USMLE Step 1

The USMLE Step 1 is an American medical licensing exam written by students between their second and third years of med school. It covers all the basic sciences, and in the last decade or so it has become very clinical in focus. Technically, all you've got to do is pass -- the Step...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

February 22, 2010

England is a very small country

"A good friend is cheaper than therapy."

In the last few days, final year students up and down the country have been learning of their fate for the next 2 years...job allocation day came and went. The end of medical school is that little bit more ...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

 
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