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February 6, 2012

Lessons from the Superbowl

I returned to the hospitals of Cork this morning, fresh off watching a mind-bending (and, in Ireland, late-night) Superbowl between the Giants and the Patriots. I had convinced myself that this rematch from the 2008 championship (when David Tyree's helmet managed to thieve Perfection itself from the Adonis-like locks of Tom Brady and his hooded muse Belicheck on the sideline) was the universe struggling for a way to course-correct. Yet, by the time a reluctant Ahmad Bradshaw -- perhaps for first time in Superbowl history -- provided the championship-clinching score AGAINST HIS WILL (I'm upgrading my claim to the first time in sports history, feel free to challenge), I sa...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

February 6, 2012

Can Med Students Be Materialistic?

I drive a nice car. I received it as a gift for my 21st birthday and I’m really thankful for it. It's the only car that I have, so I brought it to medical school where I needed a vehicle to get around the area. 

All first year medical students at the University ...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

February 5, 2012

Kinship with all beings

What does it mean to truly care for another person? I’ve been confronted with this question several times over the past few months.

Unfortunately, in life there are no training wheels. Every opportunity we to have to care for another human being is real. Whether you ...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

February 4, 2012

Remember to Look Back

At least now we know what we don't know. -- classmate

Another rotation, another shelf, another sense of "I know nothing!"

As I make my way through the various rotations -- Pediatrics, Surgery, Neurology, cha cha cha -- I keep feeling as if I know less and ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

February 1, 2012

The End of Interview Season

Yesterday I had my last residency interview. Even after an ultra-abbreviated 3-week season, I'm tired, and I'm glad to put this part of medical school behind me.  I prepared for each interview by reading everything I could get my hands on about the program, running through (b...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

January 30, 2012

Submitting to the Rank List

Three and a half years after I started this journey into medical school it has come down to this, establishing the next step in my career. As of last week, I submitted my residency rank list for final review before match day rolls around in a couple weeks.

For those who ma...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

January 25, 2012

Epic Poetry and the Medical Student

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
of that man skilled in all ways of contending,
the wanderer, harried for years on end,
after he plundered the stronghold
on the proud height of Troy. --
The Odyssey (Richard Lattimore translati...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

January 24, 2012

Keeping in touch with old friends

Like in any other graduate program but even more so probably in medical school, time is often the limiting factor for keeping up with relationships outside our immediate community. It's all well and fine to keep up with the friends we see every day in classes, labs and tutorials. ...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

January 23, 2012

A Canadian Curveball

For all the Canadians reading my blog, if you missed it, over the holidays federal finance minister Jim Flaherty dropped a bit of a budget bomb on t...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

January 23, 2012

The Humanity of Medicine, Part 2

I recently had a conversation with a non-medical friend regarding a hypothetical situation. I was asked what I would do if my greatest enemy lay dying in front of me. Would I help them? In a life-or-death situation, as a physician, would I help someone who had harmed me or someo...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

 
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