The Differential
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January 1, 2011

No More Goals! I'm Working Hard Enough...

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. -- Henry Moore

Every New Year I think about what I've managed to survive in the past year (eg another year of medical school) and plan for the road ahead. Traditionally, I would write some resolutions and goals in a journal, seal the pages, and open them again the following New Year. However, I think I'll do something diffferent this year.

1. I'm not going to resolve to do anything.

2. I'm not going to set new goals.

3. I'm not going to resolve to change.

I feel I've got enough to work on at the moment to be a better and happier person that one more resolution, one ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

December 31, 2010

"Do You Want to Listen to my Heart or Lungs or Something?"

We have a weekly course called Patient-Doctor, in which we interview patients at our school's teaching hospitals to learn how to take a medical history and present clinical cases orally and in writing. We also try to incorporate the idea of "patients as people," inquiring about t...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

December 29, 2010

How has medical school changed your plans?

Well, it's still the holidays, and as such, I continue to lumber around in a cookie-and-pie-induced sugar coma. I think I eat something like two whole pies and about a hundred cookies this time every year, not to mention drinking about a gallon of egg nog. I'm edging myself ever c...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

December 27, 2010

A Quick Note--Slow Down

This blog post will be a bit shorter due to the family and friend marathon that is the Holiday Season--Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Many of my posts have to deal with time: how to manage it, how to keep on top of your tasks, and how to squeeze every moment...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

December 20, 2010

Remember your patients this holiday season

First of all, if you're celebrating Christmas this week, merry Christmas. After several weeks away, I'm now home for the holidays, in Ontario, with my wife. It feels good that I can finally say "at home" without qualifying it with "it feels like home since I lived t...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

December 19, 2010

Are You Feeling Depressed?

After writing my last post, Experiencing Happiness as a Medical Student, there was a lot of interesting feedback from readers. Even before reading their input I wanted to address the subject of depression among medical students f...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

December 18, 2010

In Debt to Mentors

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. -- John C. Crawford

I've come to value mentorship highly. Not only is mentorship essential to success, it's hard to come by; it's not every day you meet someone who will be...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

December 17, 2010

An Arm Inside and Outside the White Coat

The last few months have been filled with firsts. On the second day of school, we received our white coats, initiating us into the profession. A few weeks later, we wore those white coats to interview our first patients in the hospital. We have taken our first (and second and thir...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

December 17, 2010

Delivering harsh messages

We have been told over and over that practicing medicine is both an art and a science, and I have seen through my third year clerkships that this is unquestionably the truth. No matter how competent a physician can be in assessing, diagnosing and treating ailments, it is the docto...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

December 15, 2010

Dealing With Drug Companies

Today, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released its annual Pharmfree Scorecard. Since 2007, AMSA reviews academic medical schools' conflict of interests policies each year and assesses these policies in <...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

 
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