The Differential
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October 15, 2011

Symphonic ER

"... what struck me was the symphony of human sights and sounds from other ER beds that basically served as ongoing background music during the several hours I was there." -- Dana Parsons

The last evening of my pediatrics rotation was spent running between the minor care clinic and the emergency room. After whizzing between rooms, one of my attendings commented how efficiently I worked and how well integrated into the medical team I'd become. It wasn't always that way. 

When I had a moment to think about my time on pediatric emergencies, what astounded me the most ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 11, 2011

Reading for Fun

I heard somewhere that the average medical student doubles their vocabulary during the course of their education. If the average English speaker knows about 15,000 words, that means I'll probably have a solid 30,000 words under my belt by the time I graduate medical school.

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Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

October 11, 2011

Am I Experiencing Stockholm Syndrome?

The only people for me are the nerds, the ones who share my study space, who want to QBank together, watch lectures at 2x speed, desirous of efficiency and being high-yield, the ones who never yawn but bring coffee for you if you do, who read, read, read, like the fabulous med...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

October 8, 2011

What Makes a Specialty 'Exciting'?

"...consider the most boring and uninteresting, or the worst possible, patient/day you could have in that field, and if that is still bearable and even perhaps a little enjoyable, that is a field you can love the rest of your life." -- Mentor

There have been times...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 7, 2011

Offending a Stay-at-Home Mother

A few weeks ago I interviewed a standardized patient as part of an exercise in taking patient histories. Although I was the medical student in charge of the interview, 5 of my classmates observed the interaction and helped ask a few questions. I talked to the patient about the ons...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

October 3, 2011

Depth or breadth during fourth year?

I'm writing this after asking my faculty advisor to approve yet another fourth-year family medicine rotation for me. In total, I will have done two months in FM this year, and one month in my third year. The third-year rotation was required, and the two months this year were, I th...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

October 3, 2011

Conflicts of Interest: Is Disclosure Enough?

On numerous occasions over the last three years, I've sat through lectures where physician speakers begin with a slide disclosing their financial relationships... and more often than not, these speakers blow through the slide, usually by stating hurriedly "and these are my disclos...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

October 2, 2011

Student, Know Thy Role

What is the role of the medical student on a medical care team? The roles of the other players (attending, senior resident, interns) are fairly clear. But what is the role of the medical student? Some may even wish to differentiate between the level of training the medical stude...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

October 1, 2011

When is it too much...?

I saw the corners of his eyes and mouth fall. I understood. He was waiting for me to offer him a prescription, or to order more tests. -- Pauline M. Chen M.D.

A NYT...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 1, 2011

On Keeping It Real

I was having lunch with my friend Milan, a first year at Harvard Med, when he said something really interesting.

I had asked him what he loved most about medical school so far, and what, if anything, had blindsided him.

“It’s funny,” he said. &ldq...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

 
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