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April 9, 2011

U.S. vs Canada: Healthcare Showdown - Part I

For the past few days, I have been traveling as part of the American Medical Student Association's Seacouver Study Tour with an awesome group of 20 other physicians-in-training from across the U.S. The premise of Seacouver is to provide medical students with a first-hand look at the American and Canadian health care systems. We've heard from experts on the U.S. system -- including Dr. Bob Crittenden, Dr. Lori Whittaker, Dr. John Geyman -- and then spent an afternoon interviewing Americans at Pike Place Market in Seattle to capture (on video) their thoughts and experiences ...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

April 6, 2011

Paging Dr. Wikipedia

It's 3 in the morning. You're a third-year clerk, and you're 21 hours into your on-call day on a busy internal medicine service. Suddenly, a page from the emergency department: Mrs. J, a 78-year old woman with a history of heart disease, is coming in with what sounds like a C...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

April 5, 2011

Now We're Getting Somewhere

Because it was 3:30 am and I had exhausted the contents of cute kittens on the Internet, I found myself on PubMed. Just for fun, I decided to type in the name of a common medical condition that a family member has to see if anything interesting had come out on it.

I couldn...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

April 4, 2011

3rd year, Psychiatry, and Learning About Myself

One of the most important tasks of most 3rd year medical students is to rule in and rule out specialties that we are interested in. Sure, some students enter medical school fixated on their one magical specialty. But most of us, I think, go in with a semi-open mind and many are q...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

April 3, 2011

"She's Gone"

"She's gone." - the Attending

This is a little raw, so give me a moment to expound...

There comes a time when all that we've managed to do fails our patients and they are lost. Or they inevitably expire as we all will some day. But our duty to our patients...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 3, 2011

How Do You Avoid Deadly Drives?

There is no surprise that as medical students we become sleep deprived and overly exhausted from the work in which we are involved. Waking up early to round on patients or preparing for an early morning quiz is not uncommon. Then we somehow make it through the long day of seeing p...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

March 29, 2011

Sickness in Color

I'm starting to understand why graphic pictures on cigarette packs are so effective.

We are studying pathology, which is the human body gone wrong. The photos -- taken from autopsies -- are gross, meaning their structures can be seen with the naked eye. Cirrhotic livers ...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

March 27, 2011

Med School in a Nutshell

First year: The initial tactic is to appear like a solid student with the determination only death could stop. In only a couple of weeks classmates are finding study partners, corners and references to put their new medical student energy to good work. It's hard, ...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

March 27, 2011

Do as I say. not as I do?

It's 7 in the evening, and I'm taking advantage of a momentary lull in the endless deluge of patients waiting to be seen to grab a bite to eat. Dinner at the hospital is far too expensive for my budget, so I brought mine from home. As you might expect, it reflects everything you'd...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

March 27, 2011

Fake it 'til you make it

I was scrubbed into a bilateral radical mastectomy last week, doing the regular retracting, cutting suture and observing. My general surgery attendings are pretty conservative when it comes to student involvement in procedures, so I've gotten accustomed to going through entire pro...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

 
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