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August 6, 2010

The Bear Palm and The Fish

There is a Chinese saying by Mencius, who is a very famous scholar in the same school as Confucius, that goes: "One cannot have both the bear palm and the fish. If I have to choose, I will choose the bear palm over the fish."

When I first learnt this as a child I thought this must be one of the weirdest sayings ever. Bear palm? That is gross. And what is so special about fish? I want neither of them. But obviously they were both very precious more than two thousand years ago in China. This strange saying illustrates a simple fact of life: you must always make choices in life.

I have never really made any choices between the fish and the bear's palm so far in term...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

August 4, 2010

An amazing experience on obstetrics

If you've been following my blog with any regularity, you might conclude that I can be less-than-upbeat about certain things in my medical school life (getting up at 4am, for example, or packing up house and moving every time I turn around). I think that's probably an unavoidable ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 31, 2010

What's in your pocket?

Returning from the underworld of board exams and facing patients with a newly obtained set of knowledge, I am joining my third year peers in the clinical setting.  Rotations are gaining momentum and preceptors are enjoying every opportunity to put us, "neophytes," on the spot...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

July 27, 2010

A Tribe Called Medicine

One week into my first rotation. Third year, the training wheels are off.

I'm studying in a coffee shop on the Upper East Side.

And, Scene:

Enormous headphones are half -drowning out the neighboring conversation. I try to focus on what I'm reading - a diffe...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

July 26, 2010

What's on your summer reading list?

Today, I thought I'd spend some time on something a bit off-topic: Summer reading lists. Summer's a great time for catching up on all of that reading you wish you'd done over the long, cold winter. Nothing but long, lazy days, relaxing in the sun, with no responsibilities, and not...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 26, 2010

The resilience of psychiatric patients' wives

Working with veterans with psychiatric issues has been an emotional struggle for me. I’ve seen a spectrum of problems, often service-related, some less so, but my consensus feeling is that these people, mostly men, have tough lives, and because of this, many of them can be t...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 23, 2010

Should--A Reflection

I feel as though I hear "should" far more often lately. "It should be here," said in reference to an anatomical feature. "The round ligament should be here." What do you say when it's not? How often is it not there when it should be? I sometimes ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 21, 2010

Ethical obligation or tattle telling?

According to a study that was published in last weeks Journal of the American Medical Association, a surprising 17% of the 1,891 doctors surveyed had direct knowledge of an impaired or incompetent physician in their workplace. One-third of those doctors had not reported t...

Posted By: Brooks Brodrick  

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?</p...

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  

 
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