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May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! Mommy, I Hate you!

Ever since I broke the news to my ten year old that we would be moving half way across the country, well over a thousand miles away from where she is happily ensconced in her life, I've been getting the evil eye. Somehow, no matter how I put it: "It will be an adventure;" "It was where you were born;" "The tree we planted for you is now twenty feet tall--you've got to see it;" "There's a very cool beading store where you can take classes and meet other kids;" it just doesn't seem to help.

My husband stands by me and says we are going as a family and it's what is best, trying to shoulder some of the responsibility for the move, but the kids know that it's my trainin...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

May 9, 2010

Exam Prep Courses: Are They Playing on Our Fear?

"The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure."

In the last few weeks, there have been a flurry of revision courses for those of us preparing to take Finals. Of many formats and designs, they have one thing in common - they offer, for fe...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

May 3, 2010

Day one, inpatient pediatrics

Wow. Today was my first day on inpatient pediatrics, and all I can say is, I feel a bit untethered. The day started at 7:15 with a quick introduction to the medical team, lecture at 7:45, and attending rounds at 9, followed by lectures at 11 and 12, and a (mercifully) free afterno...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

April 30, 2010

Writing and Medicine: the Intersection of Two Arts

I'm at a conference this week titled "The Examined Life," at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Iowa is a corn-locked state with only a few scattered acres of native prairie that might wave like the s...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

April 28, 2010

Attention Passengers, This is Your Doctor Speaking

The words still sound so strange and foreign as they escape my lips: "My name is Dr. Kendra Campbell." I have officially graduated medical school. I am an MD.

I had always imagined this moment to be much more drastic and finite. I thought that I would magically feel and ac...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

April 26, 2010

A rotation in Ecuador

In between my first and second years at UVM, I completed an 80-hour preceptorship in family and emergency medicine. I spent half of those hours, and more, in Sangolqui, Ecuador, and the other half in Guelph, Ontario. Since most North American medical schools offer their students t...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

April 26, 2010

A Few Tips on Studying

The following "tips" are some of the things that I have learnt both over the years and recently. I hope they will be useful, especially for those who are early in or not yet started their clinical years.

1. Organize your knowledge

One of things that struck me when I firs...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

April 26, 2010

So... should I pray with my patients?

Thank you for the thoughtful comments on my earlier post about praying with patients. I did a little more research into the topic of religion and medicine. There are a few important issues raised by the readers and ...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

April 25, 2010

The same education?

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."

Cambridge runs a collegiate system for undergraduate education - though your lectures/ practicals (the majority of your teaching) are departmental, your supervisions (the small group bas...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

April 20, 2010

Med School and the Art of Time Management

I was very interested to read all the comments generated by my last post about giving up one’s life for med school. I was actually surprised by the number of commenters who disagreed with my assertion that you do ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

 
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