The Differential
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January 16, 2011

Coping with Emotional Exhaustion

I have seen some awful things in my short time as a medical student. I know, for example, what it looks like when a biopsy says the cancer is untreatable, and a man loses the hope he'd held out for recovery. I know how desperation looks, whether it belongs to a homeless woman choosing suicide instead of another winter's night in a parking garage, only half asleep for fear of what the cold or others might do if she fell all the way, or to a wife whose young husband has had a stroke from which he likely won't recover. I have seen a man die, and I have cared for several others who went that way eventually. These are terrible things to see, not least b...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

January 15, 2011

Delayed Dreams

What's so hard about helping your friends?! -- Red Bastard

Some dream of being musicians, others of riding in a hot air balloon. Me? I just want to help others achieve their dre...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

January 14, 2011

What of Spirituality?

"At times it felt as if death were everywhere. In anatomy lab we finally uncovered the facial shroud and opened the skull to dissect the brain, and that was okay. I talked to a patient who had nearly died the previous evening and would certainly die within the next months, and...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

January 12, 2011

Can We Really Understand Our Patients?

Knowing I had recently completed a rotation in OB/GYN, a friend asked me how they (medical schools) make male medical students understand what their pregnant patients feel like. It was an interesting question. And it got me thinking about understanding what our patients go through...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

January 9, 2011

Fourth-year Schedule Anxiety

I'm a little hypomanic right now. I could probably use a benzo or a short course of lithium. Seems to work for my patients, at least. The reason I'm bouncing off the walls is because it's time to start official fourth-year scheduling at UVM. I say official because I've already got...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

January 9, 2011

From Surgery to Family Medicine: A Change of Pace

It’s good to be writing for the Differential again. My surgery rotation was as time consuming as my current iphone addiction, and didn’t leave much room in my schedule for blogging.

As usual, when there are things to write about, there’s no time to put it...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

January 7, 2011

Financial Burden

This is to remind you that if you have not already applied for federal student aid for the 2011-2012 school year, you can do so now using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. -- Financial Aid Office

Not again. It's that time of the year...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

January 6, 2011

Would You Donate Your Body to Medical Science?

It started with a simple question my classmate asked me: "After taking anatomy, do you think you're more or less likely to want to donate your body to medical science?" I paused, sat back. It was -- to borrow a cliché -- really complicated.

How much did I know about...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

January 5, 2011

A Re-Introductory Post

It has been a while since I blogged here. The faces on the sidebar have changed. Likely, many of the readers have changed as well. But the general audience is still the same -- people who are interested in the experiences of a medical education.

The

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

January 2, 2011

Work Harder, Better in 2011?

Many resolutions have been made for the new year ahead and hopes are high that this year will be more promising than the last. After listening, once again, to the rousing beat of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Fast...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

 
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