The Differential
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October 23, 2011

Houston, We Have Patient Trust Issues

I bit my tongue as a patient ranted to me about her distrust of “western medicine.” She felt that all they do is hand out drugs and that this doctor, in whose office we sat in, was able to get her off her heart meds by using diet and lifestyle changes. Out of respect for the person I was shadowing, and the fact that I was only -- you know, shadowing -- I held back. (I should probably say that the doctor I was shadowing did stop the patient and say that western medicine has made incredible advances and there is nothing like western medicine in the areas of acute care.) My assignment for the afternoon was to follow someone who practiced Functional Medicine. I w...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

October 22, 2011

"Don't Use Gay Doctors"

Which would you prefer, a nurse who's proud of her lesbianism, who has rainbow identifiers on her work clothing, or a nurse who does not?  -- Linda Harvey, founder of M...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 21, 2011

Medical Hauntings: Orifices and Oozings

In honor of the approaching Halloween festivities, I decided to get in touch with my ghoulish side for a minute.

Think of a human orifice. Now think of fluids, drainage or "stuff" that might come out of that orifice.

Unbelievably gross I know, but by leaving it to ...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

October 20, 2011

Should Biochemistry Be a Prerequisite?

I met with my dean the other day to discuss my progress and my experiences in medical school thus far. During our meeting, I took advantage of the opportunity to vent a bit. I told her that I felt that it was not possible to learn all the biochemistry we were expected to know. Giv...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

October 20, 2011

"Dark and Twisty" Doctors?

This week in medical school, my classmates and I started the cancer thread of our curriculum. While reading Robbins Basic Pathology on the subject, we all stumbled upon an interesting passage:

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Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

October 17, 2011

Is Professionalism (for Women) Skin Deep?

This Friday marked the end of our Neuroanatomy block, and I celebrated by taking a day trip to New Haven to visit a few friends at Yale. Over some crazy expensive froyo, my friend Apoorva and I got into a conversation about her hair. In high school, Apoorva was my way-too-fabulous...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

October 17, 2011

Residency applications: Off and running

I find the whole process of applying to residency both terrifying and more than a little ridiculous. It's terrifying because the last four years finally, inevitably, come down to this: One application and a handful of interviews will determine my future. It's ridiculous for the sa...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

October 17, 2011

Prevention is the Best Medicine

“Over half of all serious disease in the U.S. could be prevented with healthier lifestyles.”

The powerpoint slide stared at me like a big red pimple. You know the one. The one on the tip of the nose of the person you’re talking to that makes you just wa...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

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

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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  

 
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