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September 11, 2010

Sacrificing Now for Tomorrow

The issue is that when you make a decision in your self-interests now, we don't know if you'll sacrifice your self-interests when you have a patient tomorrow. -- Professor of Medicine

This was said during a discussion between students and curriculum directors addressing the unwieldy issue of "professionalism." I honestly have never had anyone give a remotely satisfactory definition of professionalism. Is professionalism wearing a suit and tie and "acting adult?" Is it not posting photos of your wild and crazy weekends? Is it not speaking your mind because you think it'll offend or it's less than sensitive?

What I've found is that professionalism is...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

September 10, 2010

It's interview season again!

It's that time of year again, when crops of eager, well-dressed, well-groomed premeds flock to interview sites across North America in the hopes of securing one of a very few spots at the medical school of their choice. Med school interviews are a necessary evil- they give the app...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

September 9, 2010

To Cheat or Not to Cheat? Seriously?

"If everyone will be seated, we can start passing out exams… and baseball caps must be turned around." -- Medical School Exam Proctor

It’s announcements like these that have permeated my experience as a medical student thus far in very subtle but disc...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

September 7, 2010

The road less traveled

Adorning my living room wall is a print of one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, Wheat field with Crows. I had seen it in college long before I had ever gotten sick but once I became anorexic, I had to obtain the painting for my own collection. It is mistakenly be...

Posted By: Brooks Brodrick  

September 6, 2010

Step 1 Advice for International Students

I am writing this post primarily for international medical students who are planning to take the step 1 during their clinical years. I just had the exam last Sunday and I was absolutely thrilled that the exam was over! I want to share some thoughts and advice with you and I hope they wi...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

September 5, 2010

Why do you want to be a doctor?

Certainly the cliché of an answer to the question exists and is frequently used: "I want to help people." Although this response may be perfectly valid, it does not do the question justice as there are many professions where "helping people" is paramount. We all have our va...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

September 3, 2010

Pre-meds: Tips for Secondary Applications

It's that time of the year again when the days get shorter, the temperatures become cooler (in the northern hemisphere at least), and secondary applications for medical school start rolling in. If you are so fortunate to get a secondary application, or applications, to a ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 31, 2010

Trauma: Day 2

It'll be a short post this week, and much more stream-of-conciousness than I usually like, but I just don't have the time to sit still for very long. That should be instructive in itself, at least insofar as it gives you an idea of how my new rotation (surgery) is going.

R...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

August 29, 2010

Pompous Prolixity

My father once shared some wise counsel:

"The concurrent situation stipulates a convergent and well modulated withal application of imperturbability. In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities, amicable philosophical and psy...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

August 29, 2010

Fighting Burnout

I came home for the weekend, mostly to see Inception with my mom. It had been a long week. Without going into too much detail, here are a few moments from my days at the hospital:

1) An elderly woman peed all over the floor as we lifted her from her chair to the bed.

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Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

 
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