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November 27, 2010

Riddle Me This

A friend recently challenged me with a riddle:

"A dad and his son had a car accident, the father died and the son was rushed to the hospital... The Doctor said: "I can NOT do the surgery, he is my son." Explain

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For some, the answer to this riddle might be obvious, but I must (shamefully) admit it took me close to a minute to realize the answer: the surgeon is the boy's MOTHER.

Why did it take me so long to think of a woman as a surgeon? Why didn't the image of a fema...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 22, 2010

Get Ready to Give a Holiday Consult

The holidays have many traditions steeped in the history of your particular family. A new tradition will be born with your return from medical school: the Holiday Consult.

With your newly minted knowledge of medicine, be prepared for your family to turn to you for answers ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 21, 2010

Practical Advice on Powerpoints, Papers, etc

This week, I'm focusing on a topic I hope will be useful to many of you: Data mining for clerkship Powerpoints, papers, and the like. We all have to do them, and most of the time, half the battle is finding good source material for your slides. I don't find that I h...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

November 20, 2010

How Are You Choosing a Specialty?

The cut was made, some dissection performed and the baby was pulled out. I was holding our patient's uterus in one hand and assisting my attending with the other during a scheduled cesarean section. All I could think was how this doctor's job is simply amazing. How many people can...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

November 14, 2010

Speak up, or shut up?

Imagine you are a third-year medical student. The service you're on is one of several you consider prime career candidates, so you want to do well. Here, as in most rotations, that means you'll need good evaluations from the clinical staff. What would you do if the clinical staff ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

November 13, 2010

Creative Scheduling


This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope... If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son. -- Kate McCallister (Home Alone)


The major holidays ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 7, 2010

An Evening of Differential Diagnosis


The diagnosis at the time was certain death. It is said that he took the news stoically. -- Course Director


This week I thought I'd share a humorous and serendipitous moment from the weekend:

Several of my clas...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 6, 2010

When did you know?

As I entered the gross anatomy lab within my first week of classes -- white-washed walls, stainless steel dissection tables, and fresh white lab coats moving about the room -- I knew I was in medical school. The feeling of making progress hit me when I saw the sea of cleanliness, the closest thing to a sterile environment and the resting place of our first patients. 

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

November 6, 2010

Multilingual medicine

Remember that part of your medical school application where you were asked to indicate which languages you spoke? How many of you answered that question honestly? Or, how many of you thought you answered that question honestly? -- "no, really, I do speak Japanese, it's ju...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

November 2, 2010

Vote!

"But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies." -- Jon Stewart

On Saturday afternoon, I found myself at the Stewart Rally to Restore Sanity/

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

 
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