The Differential
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September 4, 2011

Failure Is a Good Teacher

Success is boring. Success is proving that you can do something that you already know you can do, or doing something correctly the first time, which can often be a problematical victory. First-time success is usually a fluke. First-time failure, by contrast, is expected; it is the natural order of things. -- Jon Carroll

I'll be the first one to acknowledge my failures and welcome criticism/critique from others. But stumbling through the first two weeks of pediatrics has been exhausting. The only motivator keeping me going is the reminder that the only way I'll learn ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

September 2, 2011

An angry patient, a difficult diagnosis

JR* is a 45 year-old man with a pretty unremarkable medical history who's been seen a couple of times in the past month for lower back pain. It has always sounded musculoskeletal -- it's dull, it's worse with activity, it responds well to ibuprofen -- and the last time he was seen...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

September 2, 2011

Up in the Air

To help me celebrate the end of my first year of medical school, my mother bought me a couple flight lessons at an aviation center not far from our home in southern California. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift, stemming as it did from her memories of our family trip to Lake Ta...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

September 2, 2011

Emergency Preparedness & Medical Students?

Last Tuesday afternoon, as I was listening to one of the social workers present a patient who was being admitted to our psych unit from the ED at George Washington University Hospital, the floor began to subtly shake. Over the past few years, many of us at GW have become accustome...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

August 28, 2011

P(ass) = MD?

Extracurricular activities have always been a huge part of my life, but I’ve been so busy with school these past few weeks that I’ve decided to scale back on my commitments and focus on my studies, lest the door to the spec...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

August 28, 2011

Residency Applications in, Interviews Ahead

I finally did it. I pushed the button. It took me forever to do it, but the mounting fear of submitting my ERAS application and applying to residency programs haunted me. Every day I would wonder if my personal statement was just right, if I had any grammatical or typographical er...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

August 27, 2011

Reading Faces

There are some people who have the gift of reading faces. You know who I'm talking about. Those people who can call someone's bluff -- while blindfolded. There are others, though, who need a little more help. But then there are some people whose expressions require almost no skil...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

August 27, 2011

Surviving the Wards: Pediatrics

"Don't take too seriously all that the neighbors say. Don't be overawed by what the experts say. Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense."-Dr. Benjamin Spock

Having completed a rotation in Pathology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, I have finally...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 26, 2011

Melding Medicine and Art

Last August, when reading an article about how to be a faster writer in Slate, I was referred to the example of another Slate writer, Christopher Hitchens, who after a chemo session and a dinner party,...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

August 25, 2011

Where should I apply for residency?

As I said last post, I've met people from all over the world in the last year, as I've wandered my way across two countries in pursuit of an MD degree. We always talk about what's next. Last week I briefly discussed the question of "What do you want to do?" This week I thought I'd...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

 
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