The Differential
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March 13, 2012

The Secrets We Tell

"You won’t tell my Mom, right?” The young girl looked back at me with her eyes open wide, pleading with me not to reveal her secret. The boo boo on her elbow had come after she’d been playing in the off-limits lot next door, not the backyard like she’d told her mother. I laughed a little as I assured her of my confidence, and she smiled as I turned an imaginary key to lock my lips.

Every day patients entrust us with their privacy and ask us to guard the skeletons in their closet. More often than not these wiles are relatively benign  —the butterfly tattoo that a teenager conceals from her parents, a pack of cigarettes tha...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

March 8, 2012

Hemostasis in a Post-Party Rock World

The other day, while I was talking about clots, I ended up thinking about LMFAO and Lil Jon. This isn't as crazy as you might think: they released a song a few years ago bearing a title that rhymes with "Clots" (You can

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

March 6, 2012

Today is Match Day

Okay, I know for most of you reading this, today (March 6th) isn't Match Day. But for me, it is: Today is the day the Canadian match results are posted. In 25 minutes, as a matter of fact. I was going to wait until after I found out the results to put up a Medscape post, but 1) I'...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

March 5, 2012

Residency Already?!

This will be a bolus of information that will likely get your adrenaline up. -- Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs just met with my graduating class to talk about choosing a specialty, residency applications, and Match Day 2013.

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Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

March 5, 2012

A Privileged Position

It was hot. The midday sun beat down from above and the humid air enveloped us in its wet blanket. The children from the next village over ran naked through the dirt streets before leaping into the cool water of the garbage-strewn river that separated us. I drank liberally from a ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

March 4, 2012

Pardon My Spanglish

In high school many of us make the decision to learn a second language. I chose to learn French. There was something about it that was more exotic to me than Spanish or German and I loved its singing swoon. Now able to speak French, I find myself at a loss trying to communicate wi...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

March 1, 2012

The Other Side of Evaluations

As a student, I am well aware of how it feels to read evaluations. I remember during second year how we were required to watch a video of our OSCEs and give ourselves feedback about what we did good and what we did bad. We then also had the opportunity to read the staff comments...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

February 29, 2012

What Good Is Step 2 CS?

This morning I received that now-familiar, anxiety-inducing email from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) at 10:42 am with the subject line "Score Report Available Today after 11:00 am ET." And, per usual, I spent the next 18 minutes ...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

February 28, 2012

A Reminder

Our shift had ended an hour ago, and we’d finally dropped the last patient -- a crash victim -- off at the hospital. The cool night air washed across my face as the city sounds mixed with the chatter of the radio, and I settled deeper into the battered passenger seat of the ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

February 27, 2012

Paying the Piper

I sat down yesterday and went through online exit counselling for my student loans. All told, I've got some debt still hanging around from my undergrad days, and a whole mess of medical school debt on my tab. I won't disclose the final figure on Medscape, but I will say that it's ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

 
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