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June 29, 2011

Starting 4th Year

My third year is finally over. Ok, well it's almost over. I still have to take the USMLE Step 2 CK & CS exams. But as far as my school's coursework, I'm done (assuming I've passed everything, that is). Yesterday the whole class came together to take the National Board of Medical Examiner's Cumulative Clinical Science Examination (CCSE). It was strange seeing the whole group in one place again. At 4 hours and 15 minutes, the CCSE is about half the time of Step 2. So I am calling it a half-step. 

After we finished the exam, the School of Medicine provided us with lunch. They ordered burritos from a local eatery and provided a bottle of water or can of soda...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

June 27, 2011

The Canadian Boogeyman

In my last post, I said that I'd be spending a lot of time reading on Canadian health policy in June and July, and that I'd share what I learned, if it proved interesting. It has. For the next few posts, I thought I'd discuss a couple ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

June 26, 2011

Alert and Oriented

What is your name? -- Joshua Batt.

Where are you? -- The hospital.

What is today's date? -- Uh, um... you got me there.

The days of the week have officially blended together and shift-work that runs through the night into the early hours of the morning is p...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

June 25, 2011

Poor Communication, Bad Doctor

"I had a slipped disc and all my doctor did was send me home with some pain medications," he complained to me about his doctor.

I sat, nodded, and allowed the man to express his frustration with doctors. He went on to say that he had seen chiropractors who tremendously he...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

June 25, 2011

Illness on the Wards

*cough cough hack* I'm writing this one on a sick day from the wards. It first started as a slight tickle in the back of my throat and then progressed to a scratch by Monday night. Tuesday morning started with some hacking and phlegm but I was fine, FINE, I say! I managed...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 21, 2011

June 20, 2011

Find time to slow down

For the last week -- and for about 20 more days between now and August 1st -- I'll be spending my time reading on Canadian health policy. I'm making room to do this because I'll be applying to do my residency in both Canada and the US this fall, but to this point, m...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

June 18, 2011

GSW to the Chest

I remember the first time I saw a team frantically working over a patient only to call the time of death minutes later. That memory, though from a couple years ago, still feels fresh in my mind. This year, I saw it again. It was late in the night. Actually, it was after midnight...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

June 18, 2011

Trying to USMLE

In little over a week I start studying for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1, fondly referred to as "The Boards"

*Shiver*

While I've been on my Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation rotation, I've been gathering materials for the wee...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 16, 2011

Hostile Relations Hamper Medical Teamwork

I was seeing my adorable 22-month-old patient with a tetralogy of Fallot variant, status post multiple cardiac repairs, this morning when a nurse who had just started his shift walked in. My patient's sweet 4-year-old sister said, "Oh the doctor's here!" I was laughing to myself a...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

 
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