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August 27, 2010

Life is funny

Some of you may remember a post I wrote a few months ago about staying at home to study for Step 1. I wrote about how I chose to stay home after my experiences in life taught me to appreciate the value of family and not to take those I love for granted. Well, life is funny. My grandmother passed away last Sunday, approximately two months after Step, just like my grandpa died two months after my MCAT.

As I thought about what I could say about her at her funeral, I kept being bombarded by this simple thought - I just loved her so much. I delved deeper, and I realized there are a million reasons for this - she was funny, she took care of me, she was proud of me, she b...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

August 26, 2010

Choosing Medicine Every Time


At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgement.--Benjamin Franklin


As I stand equally between Will and Wit, I find myself ruminating about what it means to be a quarter-century old. Now, I am aware that ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 24, 2010

Getting kicked out

No, I didn't get kicked out of med school. Sorry to disappoint. But I do get kicked out of my patients' rooms -- or not allowed in -- with alarming regularity.

The last time I was on OB call, it happened two times. The last time I was in clinic, five. On gynecology it happ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

August 23, 2010

Camouflage

I was at the student dorm the other night talking to a medical student here in Boston. He is going to start his second year in a week. I wanted to find someone to study together for step 1 so I asked if he has started studying for it.

"Have you started studying for step 1?" I as...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

August 22, 2010

Choosing a Medical Field of Interest

When I was a child, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. Unfortunately, I never realized that was really the "genus" of my career and someday I would have to narrow things down to the species. With what seems like months before setting up residency interviews, I am facing the dile...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

August 20, 2010

Back to School

Second year of medical school starts next week I'm so excited, I cannot wait!

I've greatly appreciated being my own task master over the summer, and feel I've accomplished much by having more unstructured time--political organizing, research proposal writing, and ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 19, 2010

The power of me

Throughout first and second year of medical school, we are repeatedly warned of the lowly status that awaits us as we enter our clinical years. So, we bury our pride away in the depths of our white coat pockets and begin third year prepared to take our place at the bottom of the t...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

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 physic...

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  

 
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