The Differential
Blog Address: http://blogs.medscape.com/thedifferential
July 19, 2010

Old-school Skills vs. New Technologies

What would happen if I stood on the left side of a patient while auscultating the patient's heart?

If I examine a patient on the left side in front of a doctor from Hong Kong, I would probably get this response: What are you doing? Is that the proper way to examine a patient?

but I am not in Hong Kong right now, I am doing an away elective in Boston. Interestingly, the resident I was shadowing on the first night chose to stand on the left side of the patient to ausculate the patient's heart. I was very surprised because she is the first person that prefers to auscultate the heart from the left side.

It is one of the central dogmas of physical examination ...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

July 19, 2010

Hitting the wall

Midway through my OB/Gyn rotation, I think I've hit the wall. In case you've yet to experience a surgical-ish rotation, let me describe for you a typical day in the life. I get up at 4am. The birds aren't even up this early. The coffee cart at the hospital, whose sole purpose in l...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 17, 2010

Praise your patients

“I’m really proud of how well you have been taking your medications and of far you have come in terms of mood and healthy lifestyle since I last saw you,” the psychiatrist I observed on Friday said to his patient. This patient has suffered from major depression, ...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 16, 2010

Your Future Colleagues

"I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues."--Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The next time you're in class, take a look to your left and a look to your right--your classmates are going to be your future colleagues. You'll be r...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 16, 2010

A 12-step Program for Step 1?

Hello from the No Man's land, between the boards and third year. I just got back from post-USMLE rehab.

While I was studying, I found unlimited advice about Step 1 preparation. Mysterious experts with personal websites weighed in on everything -- what to do early second ye...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

July 13, 2010

Goldilocks and the many meds

This one causes insomnia. This one causes constipation. This one makes me tired. This one makes me dizzy. This one makes me hungry. This one leaves a metallic taste in my mouth. This one makes me uncoordinated.

You would be hard pressed to name a psychotropic drug that I h...

Posted By: Brooks Brodrick  

July 13, 2010

Yoga and Health

Yoga at work, for work? I certainly could get used to this.

Third year is finally here, and my first clinical rotation is in psychiatry. As part of the rotation, I get to do yoga with my patients one afternoon a week. Even though my yoga practice has dwindled to only a cou...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 11, 2010

Do I need to do research... or something else?

Joel Schofer recently wrote on a topic that's very close to my heart - research in medical school (and otherwise) - and I thought I'd share my two cents here. Bear in mind that as far as residency applications go, I hav...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 9, 2010

Protecting Your Time

This time, this hour, this is my time. -- C.J Cregg. West Wing (Pilot) by Aaron Sorkin

I have a horrible habit, one I've had as long as I can remember, of not saying "no" when I know I probably should. Not surprisin...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 7, 2010

We've Only Just Begun

On October 4th 2004, I unpacked my suitcase in Downing college for the first time. The very next day (of our supposed Freshers' "week") we received our first piece of work - a set of problems based on the Nernst equation. I ran into some of my colleagues in the li...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

 
« previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 next »
About This Blog

Medical school and residency can be a stressful, demanding time. These medical students share their insights and experiences, good and bad, in order to create a community of support and understanding for medical students everywhere.

Contact the Webmaster
Poll: Are you still in contact with your roommates from 1st year? Yes, they're right next to me.|Yes, but we don't room together anymore|No, we didn't get along|I didn't have a roommate|

  • Alina Khurgel
  • Kolin Meehan
  • Neil C. Bhavsar

    Medical Student 
    New Jersey Medical School

  • Rick Tumminello

    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Sung Woo Koh

    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

  • Heather Kagan

    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    www.heatherkagan.com

  • Stephanie Nguyen

    Temple University School of Medicine

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson

    O&Med School of Medicine|Havard Developed Pilot Program

     

 
 


 
All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2017 by WebMD LLC. This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.