The Differential
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August 16, 2010

Do you like getting pimped?

I thought I'd write a short post this week on pimping, which, if you're not familiar with it (how can you be in medical school and not be familiar with pimping?) is the process that occurs "when an attending physician (the Pimper) poses a series of difficult questions to a resident or medical student (the Pimpee)." Many of the people in my class seem to prefer that they not be pimped, which I totally get: If you're trying to ace a rotation, it can look bad if you put your foot in your mouth on rounds with more regularity than Old Faithful. But if you know your stuff, you can look l...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

August 15, 2010

Do Humanities Make A Human?

If you are reading this, there's a good chance you're a medical student.

If you're a medical student, there's a good chance your loved ones forward you medicine-related-articles on a regular basis. And, there's a good chance you - regretfully - don't have time to read them...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

August 15, 2010

Hi, I'm Student Doctor Batt ...

Awkward as it may seem, we all have to start somewhere and learn from our mistakes. The more exposure we have, the better we become and our skills develop for the better. During the first two years of medical school, the skills sessions made up for the drawn out hours of sitting i...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

August 13, 2010

Ambulance Chaser

I was driving home by the usual route: West on Orleans, right on Charles and straight on to bed. But when I turned onto Charles, I was confronted by a flurry of lights and a mass of metal. I cursed the inconvenience of it all. My mind then quickly fell silent as I realize...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 12, 2010

If I'd only known...

It was a typical afternoon in the lab for me. I was making Tris Buffer Solution and secretly swearing under my breath. I am not a chemist, and I loathe making solutions and pHing them. I had hoped to never make another solution in my life but no such luck because I have a few ling...

Posted By: Brooks Brodrick  

August 9, 2010

Spending Time Efficiently

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandburg

I detest losing time, and I grow increasingly impatient when others waste it. Inef...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 7, 2010

Jaw Dropping Medicine

As students, our word can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient's condition. What happens though when practitioners don't agree with our strategies and ethical practices? It can be a sensitive situation for students to risk clinical performance and ro...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

August 7, 2010

Getting the most out of 3rd Year

 I have no idea how to ace third year. I've only done one rotation so far. (But, I got you to click the link, huh?)

What I can offer are tips that worked for me the past month of neurology. Some of this has been passed down from fourth years. There's also some wisdom ...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

August 6, 2010

Starting to feel like a doc

Earlier this week in clinic I interviewed a patient who complained of forgetfulness. He said that he misplaces his keys often, occasionally forgets if he took his medication and sometimes forgets the names of people he just met. I asked him some basic questions about how long it h...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

August 6, 2010

Letting Go -- A Reflection

You lie on a ventilator, your every organ shutting down, your mind teetering on delirium and permanently beyond realizing that you will never leave this borrowed, fluorescent place. The end comes with no chance for you to have said goodbye or "it's O.K." or "I'm Sorry" or "I l...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

 
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