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November 29, 2011

When Extracurriculars Overtake Curriculars

This weekend, our second-year class is staging a completely student-written, directed and produced show at a local theater. Continuing a 50+ year tradition, we are taking inspiration from a movie -- The Hangover, to parody the medical school, roast our professors and highlight various pop culture moments from this past year. This year's show is truly hilarious. I say this not only as one of the writers of the show but as an admirer of the wonderful and multitudinous talents in my class that will be on display.

That being said, I am writing this after returning from a dress rehearsal that lasted over six hours. As a novice to the theater, I am told that this is not ...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

November 28, 2011

A new perspective on teaching

I just finished teaching a month of infectious disease pharmacology (which I've written about briefly in a previous post). This was a requirement of my MD -- it was this or do research for a month, and since I didn't rea...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

November 28, 2011

On to the Next Round: ED

One of the things that medical students need to get used to is the constant movement. By this I am referring to the switch we encounter every few weeks when we go to a new service. As I write this blog post I have just completed a month on the GI service and am about to begin my...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

November 26, 2011

Thankful for Medical School

I'm in Colorado visiting the would-be-in-laws, enjoying a few days away from the demands of medical school: hiking, visiting friends, and, most importantly, sleeping. Given that it is Thanksgiving, I've found myself reflecting on the past few clerkships thinking what I ha...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 25, 2011

On Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I decided to stay in Boston, far far away from family, and felt quite alone in my deserted hallway and quiet streets. I had plans for Thursday dinner, but apart from that, I had told myself that I was just going to devote dedicated time to reading and writing. I had my pla...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

November 22, 2011

Crossing the (Residency Application) Rubicon

In 49 B.C., Julius Caeser led his army across the Rubicon, a river in northern Italy. This was illegal, and punishable by death -- a fact Caeser apparently recognized in his famous "Alea iacta est," or, "The die is cast." In crossing the Rubicon, he'd committed to a war ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

November 20, 2011

Will There Be a Residency Slot for You?

Not to be alarmist -- but, with the Supercommittee deadline next week, there is a very real possibility that the number of residency positions available nationally could be cut significantly.

As you may recall, back in August, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

November 19, 2011

Life In the Consult Lane

For the last three weeks I have been assigned to the gastroenterology (GI) service. It’s been pretty crappy at times. (I’m so, so sorry. I just had to throw that line in this post somewhere.) At other times it has been pretty good. There have been a number of afterno...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

November 19, 2011

Time of Death: 00:32

MVC...5 minutes -- Pager

Motor vehicle collision. Helicopter transport. Multiple units of blood. CPR so long it makes your arms burn thinking about it. What's the plan...?

"Upstairs, now!" -- Attending

Racing to the elevator. Hats, booties...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 16, 2011

Can Doctors Really Understand Patients?

Today, we had a patient clinic and heard from a scientist who was in the throes of lung cancer. His story was narrated in a matter-of-fact, sometimes humorous voice. It could have very well been a Friday lab meeting where he addressed his team about a new experiment.

The s...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

 
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