The Differential
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July 18, 2011

A Marathon

I recently completed a 200 mile bike ride for the Ride for AIDS Chicago. Before the ride, a cyclist sent around the following:


I have risen before dawn in this fight against AIDS
I've rallied family, friends and strangers to support me in this fight
I've spent mornings, afternoons and weekends training for those who can't
I have spent hundreds of dollars on equipment, clothing and energy bars
I have learned hand signals, how to clip in, and the importance of stopping at every stop sign
I have yelled "Car Up!," "...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 15, 2011

Don't Get Sick in July

There's a medical myth that says you shouldn't get sick around 5pm (shift change) or on the weekends (fewer providers in the hospital). A big myth is that you should avoid hospitals during the entire month of July. The reason being, the new residents on the wards are too ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 12, 2011

Road to graduation

I looked forward to third year for all of my life. From the moment the first thought of becoming a doctor crossed my mind, I dreamt of taking care of patients. After all, that is what being a doctor is all about, right? 

Well, right. But what third year and being a do...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 12, 2011

Summing Up: Where does the Canadian healthcare system fall short?

This will be my last of three posts on the Canadian healthcare system. Previously, I've discussed the structure of the system -- noting, in particular, that it isn't a "communist" system, nor is it entirely public, despite what we hear...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 10, 2011

If You Had 3 Wishes...

Questions are powerful. They stimulate thought. They encourage discussion. And sometimes, they do so much more. 

During my time on the Adolescent Psychiatry unit, one of my favorite questions to ask my patients was "if you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?" or ...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

July 10, 2011

Climbing Over the Mountain of Stress

Like Carl, who has begun the drawn-out process of preparing once again for board exams, I am contemplating beating my head against something really firm. Although I knew this time of year would be coming and it would be busier than ever, I am re...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

July 6, 2011

Week One of USMLE Studying

Day 1 of USMLE Studying--looking at law school applications.

Day 2 of USMLE Studying--counting the number of bricks in the wall of the cafe...confirmed count of 278.

Day 3 of USMLE Studying--mild concussion...from banging my head against the table..

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Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 4, 2011

Wait lists: The Canadian Boogeyman, Part Two

This week, I wanted to spend a little time talking about wait lists, because they're a recurring theme in the American debate on health care reform -- that is, they are the reason for the "If we have a public option, you'll die waiting to see a doctor" claim.

So: Don't Can...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

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 Med...

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  

 
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