The Differential
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May 9, 2011

A Specialty Choice Emerges

Unless you are among the lucky few who know from the onset of medical school what you want to specialize in, you get to wait for that special moment somewhere in your third or fourth year that tells you which way to go. I thought that moment would never come and have become increasingly worried as time continued forward. Fortunately, I do not have to wait any longer as my aha moment has finally arrived.

I had prepared well in advance for this month's rotation and anticipated it with great excitement after hearing all the stories from other students. All year I have been craving that feeling that told me this is the right specialty for me. Each rotation had...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

May 7, 2011

Did I Let Down a Patient?

Last month I wrote about following through with the little things; it was mainly about doing what you say you'll do, no matter how small the task.

Well, recently I felt like I let down another patient. It wasn't my fault -- a...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

May 7, 2011

How's My Doctoring?

Every so often, rather unexpectedly, I get an email that says the following:

Dear Carl Streed,

A participant in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University has submitted an evaluation ABOUT YOU...

I cannot begin to put into words the maelstrom of tho...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

May 1, 2011

Fourth year!

I was going through some of my old Medscape posts the other day, and I happened across the couple I'd written earlier this year about feeling burned out. At the time, I was living in Connecticut, away from my wife, family, and friends, and I was pulling a combined total of about 1...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

April 30, 2011

Something New, Something Familiar

Should I stay or should I go?

That's a question I've been pondering the past year as I start planning the trajectory of my career beyond medical school. It may seem premature for some, but I didn't end up where I am now on a whim. And trying to strike a balance be...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 25, 2011

Verbal abuse or tough love?

In a hot operating room, glaring overhead lights shine onto an opened abdomen framed in blue paper. Four figures surround it: An attending, an intern, a medical student, and an O.R. tech. Light glints off tools that are passed from tray to hand. The medical student retracts the bl...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

April 25, 2011

Keeping Up with the Demand of Third Year Shelf Exams

Finding time to study for third year shelf exams, not an impossible task but it requires a bit of orchestration. Do I squeeze it in between patients? Perhaps I forego my plans for the weekend to rehash the subject material a third time. How many books and articles can I read befor...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

April 24, 2011

Are We Bad Communicators?

“Do you think it’s possible for her to get a liver transplant?”

I looked at the man who had just asked me that question. I was puzzled. A liver transplant? His wife lay in bed, tubes running into and out of her body. She had been diagnosed with Stage IV ...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

April 22, 2011

Choosing a Medical School

Eeny meeny miney moe, to which school should I go?

May 15th is fast approaching and with it the most important decision OF YOUR LIFE! Well, not really. Assuming you're one of the lucky ones who gets to choose, May 15th marks the Association of American Medical College dead...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 21, 2011

"What Do You Think Caused Your Disease?"

Our first assignment for medical school involved reading and discussing Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which describes how a clash of two cultures (medical and recently immigrated Hmong), miscommunication, and misunderstanding led to tragedy. Po...

Posted By: Shara Yurkiewicz  

 
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