The Differential
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October 15, 2010

Listening to the Beat


"Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart." -- Unknown


We're one week into cardiology, and already I feel as though my heart is beating differently. I feel it calm, I hear it pound in my ears, and I sense it relaxing after ejecting a significant stroke volume into my aorta. I'm not fixating on a particular pathology of my heart--an in class echocardiogram dispelled that mild fear. I'm sharing that peculiarity of medical school in which each organ system I study becomes that much more real for me.

In pulmonology, I became extremely ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 12, 2010

What I learned from a patient - #1

Mr. S is the sweetest patient I've seen so far. He's blind, sick and often in pain or nauseated, but still manages to greet me with a smile and to joke around with me every time I come to his bedside. He tells me he'd do anything for me, and, well, I'd do pretty much anything for him, too, because he's perfectly lovely. But, I feel helpless as I hold his hand and describe what I see out his win...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

October 10, 2010

The 3 Kinds of Surgery Students

As I write this, I'm an hour away from beginning my second-to-last shift on emergency surgery, after which, I will take a day off before completing my surgery orals and shelf exam, and then, it's off to Ontario to visit my wife. I'm almost finished, in other words, the realization...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

October 8, 2010

How Do You Study?

"The bitterness of studying is preferable to the bitterness of ignorance."

I hate studying.

I don't know how to do it well.

And apparently it's required in medical school.

I came to medical school having not a clue how to study. I don't rec...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 3, 2010

Suicide Epidemic

It's painful now, but it's going to get so much better. -- Terry Miller (Dan Savage's Husband)

I would be remiss if I didn't write about this past month's epidemic of youth suicides due to bullying.

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 3, 2010

The Psychology of Clinical Rotations

With a new month comes a new rotation. The awkward "honeymoon" phase starts all over again with high-brow first impressions and eager intentions. Everyone is on their best behavior and waiting for that opportunity to shine, at least once you get through orientation.

After ...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

October 3, 2010

Brilliant idea

Yesterday I was talking to my new attending. We were discussing my goals for my Internal Medicine rotation, which are pretty average - improving my physical exam skills, learning to understand the pathophysiology of physical signs and symptoms, organizing presentations, etc. Like ...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

October 2, 2010

The medical treadmill

Hello, med students, residents, and anyone else reading this blog. Feeling stressed? I know I am. Aren't we all? I got some fantastic advice a couple of days ago from a professor here at UVM during a lecture on colorectal dysfunction (of all things). I thought I'd pass it on to yo...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

September 27, 2010

Life changes

It's been a good news/bad news kind of week. The good news: My Canadian permanent residency was approved by the good people at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (this is the first step to Canadian citizenship, which is a long-term life goal of mine, and an important step career-w...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

September 25, 2010

Health Care Reform at Six Months - Feat or Failure?

This week marked the six month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Passed by Congress on March 23, 2010, the ACA was hailed by many as comprehensive health care reform legislation that would expand access, improve quality and maybe even control costs. At more than 1000 p...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

 
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