The Differential
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August 3, 2011

How I Started on the Path to Medicine

For each person who enters the medical profession, there is usually a string of events that led him or her to that point. As an Asian-American child born and raised in Los Angeles, I suppose there are many who would have expected me to be pushed towards a career as a doctor or a lawyer. After all, that is the stereotype, right? According to the stereotype the Asian-American child is the model student, quiet and obedient. He/she takes piano or violin lessons, and is STRONGLY encouraged to pursue a career as a doctor or a lawyer. 

However, it was different for me. Ok, I did take piano lessons. And I did do well in school and rarely (if ever) got in trouble with...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

August 3, 2011

Want More Medical School Debt? Why the Debt Deal Matters....

Before I begin ranting about the debt deal, I want to first acknowledge the overwhelming response to the women in medicine post several weeks ago. I appreciate all the comments - especially the critical ones - and will revisit that issue in a forthcoming post. 

For th...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

August 1, 2011

Empathy on the Night Shift

It's 3:00 in the morning, and I've been up for almost 24 hours. The man in bed two is having chest pain -- sort of. "It's kind of... here," he says, gesturing to his stomach and rib cage. "I don't really know what it feels like. It doesn't hurt... no, it doesn't hurt. Maybe it hur...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 31, 2011

Farewell to The Differential

Dear readers and friends,

I'm moving to a different blog on Medscape called The Match Game. I have had an amazing experience writing for The Differential, and I appreciate all of my readers, loyal followers and drop-ins alike, and have loved readin...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 28, 2011

Tenacity & Transitions

The Glee Project is a reality television series in which young performers compete for a guest starring role on the hit show, Glee. Last week’s theme was “Tenacity,” and t...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

July 26, 2011

Taking a break from myself

Sometimes I try to pretend I’m a normal person. Not that medical people are extraterrestrial or something crazy like that, but we do have an immense amount of information running around in our heads and the thoughts that cross our minds are undoubtedly colored by me...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

July 25, 2011

"I'm too smart for primary care"

Admit it: You've heard it. If you're sitting on a couple of killer board scores and stacks of solid clinical reviews, you may even be thinking it. And why not? Most of what we see in medical school is designed to drive us into the arms of specialty medicine -- lectures given by sp...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

July 24, 2011

The Personal Statement

The time has finally come for the dreaded text to make its way on paper. I have yet to meet a medical student who has honestly enjoyed writing this self-touting and whimsically ornamented piece. When you think about it, what purpose do a few keenly crafted paragraphs really say ab...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

July 23, 2011

The Language of Modern Medicine

Words are powerful. I’m sure you all agree. After all, you are reading this in a very word-centric medium -- a blog. (Or am I supposed to be more proper and call it a weblog?) I assume that most people who enjoy reading for pleasure also appreciate the beauty of language. ...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

July 22, 2011

The Hidden Costs of the Defense of Marriage Act

On July 20th, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held the first hearing addressing S.B. 598 The Respect for Marriage Act. The Respect for Marriage Act attempts to right the wrongs committ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

 
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