The Differential
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June 18, 2010

MS-(D)one

It's official! I've completed all of my first year course work at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I can now call myself a "Second-Year Medical Student." Huzzah! I'm well aware that my marathon towards being a doctor is still a long and arduous path, but finishing the first leg of this journey makes becoming a doctor all the more a reality (it still hasn't sunk in completely). And not that I've gotten through the first year of a completely new curriculum that keeps the students guessing what will be happening from weeke to week, I am quite happy to finally have a moment to take a breath and reflect on all that I have (and have not) learned and accomplished in...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 16, 2010

Goodbye and See You on the Trail

Alas, I'm starting residency next week. It's time to make room for fresh views from the next generation of medical students to express their views and share their opinions. I've really enjoyed writing for the Differential and will continue writing and blogging through residency. F...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

June 12, 2010

Joy Ride

I got hit by an SUV while biking home Friday evening. A few bruises and abrasions here and there and a few stiff joints, but nothing to stop me from blogging about the experience.

There were numerous thoughts racing through my head as I realized the SUV and I were...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 11, 2010

MD vs MB

"The English never smash in a face; they merely refrain from asking it to dinner."

Whilst I am quite happy, at present, to remain and practice in Britain after I qualify, many people I know have their sights set States-ward. And thus have the USML...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

June 9, 2010

Lesson learned from the Big "C"

My dad has prostate cancer. I know he wouldn’t mind me talking about it because he tells everyone. He talks about it with family of course but he will talk about it with strangers we just meet as well. I think he is proud of how he has handled it. Being intimately involved f...

Posted By: Brooks Brodrick  

June 7, 2010

We bought a house... now what?

Last week, I got a healthy dose of real life injected into my carefully-constructed med school bubble.

I'll explain: Several posts ago, I wrote a long couple of paragraphs about home, and how difficult it can be to find for people who relocate every few years for a job or ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

June 5, 2010

Staying Human in Residency

When I interviewed for medical school four years ago, one of my interviewers asked what I was most afraid of. Without hesitating I blurted, "losing my humanity." I hadn't read Shem's House of God, but I knew that a lot of people suffered burnout in the medical field and grew disda...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

June 3, 2010

Moral and Ethical Brokers

Scientists have recently managed to create synthetic life (as mentioned in Alex Folkl's blog post). I personally thin...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 3, 2010

Getting Perspective on Exams

"The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective."

Exam-term always brings out the whinging side of me (and everyone else I know). Working in the library, I've heard all sort of groans and grumbles, and my intention with this ...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

June 1, 2010

Success on the family medicine clerkship

I said I'd wait until I got my family medicine grades back to write about family medicine. Well, I just got them back, and they were good, so I thought I'd share some tips for success in family medcine.

1. Read about your patients

This is good advice for every rota...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

 
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