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September 14, 2011

Study: Medical Students Overwhelmingly Support Health Care Reform

Shortly after the passage of the Affordable Care Act almost a year and a half ago, the American Medical Student Association's Health Care for All Campaign embarked on a study of medical student attitudes of the new law. Yesterday, this study was published. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a coauthor of this paper. 

To some extent, I think what we found was not terribly surprising. With more than 1200 students from a diverse sample of ten schools nationwide responding to the survey, there was incre...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

September 12, 2011

Everybody panic: It's a pandemic!

Earlier this week, I went to the show with my father to see Contagion, a newly-released flick that is Hollywood's latest entry into the pandemic/panic genre. Most other films of this ilk are zombie movies -- for example, 28 Days Later -- or post-apocalyptic supernatural thriller...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

September 12, 2011

The Intima, a Journal of Narrative Medicine

As you may know, I spent the year prior to medical school getting an MS in narrative medicine at Columbia University. The program allowed me to study the interpersonal aspects of medicine, health care, and healing through the humanities. Practitioners of narrative medicine believe...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

September 10, 2011

Curiosity led me to Internal Medicine

I looked down at my patient sitting in his hospital bed. He was an elderly man. He was sick enough that it warranted an admission. However, he was not too sick to have a smile. He was a pleasant man, tossing out witty comments and a smile here and there. 

I asked wh...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

September 9, 2011

Finding the Energy

You just have to eat your own smoke. It's exhilarating! -- Neurosurgeon

Before going to medical school, I took "time off" and worked for a few years. During that time, I had three jobs -- concurrently. I was a clinical research manager during the week, a MCAT tea...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

September 9, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I was a health management intern at the Mass General Hospital this summer via an opportunity provided through the joint auspices of Harvard’s Medical and Business Schools, and the experience was simply tremendous. I was able to shadow health executives a few times a week, in...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

September 6, 2011

Beyond the Sexual History

This week, JAMA published a Stanford study seeking to assess LGBT-related content in medical school curricula. Not surprisingly, these researchers found that there is plenty of room for improvement. Based on data obtai...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

September 6, 2011

Preclinical Years Provide Perspective

After being in medical school for five weeks, I can see how difficult it can be for preclinical students to “see the light”. That is, it can be easy to lose sight of the end goal of practicing medicine when you are struggling to memorize hundreds of biochemical pathway...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

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...

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  

 
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