The Differential
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April 20, 2012

The lady's not for turning

Why does it always have to be about birth control?

So asked a conservative medical student friend of mine, bemoaning the sensationalized state of health care discussions and feeling as though, in getting tied up over birth control and Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh, everyone was missing the larger points in health economics, large scale restructuring of federally funded programs, free markets etcetera. Why is oral contraception so important?

There are dozens of answers to this, and different women will claim their own. For some, it is as simple as being able to control their reproductive health. For others, it maybe to fight recalcitrant a...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

April 20, 2012

Step One = Step Done

In the immediate aftermath of my Board exams, my mum and I took less than a day to organize and pack before heading down to the Bahamas. For five gloriously sunlit days, we dined, dipped, dove and dominated (the blackjack tables) in easy fashion. It was exactly the kind of larger-...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

April 17, 2012

Big Bucks!

A few days ago I read an article on LearnVest, a website dedicated to increasing financial literacy in women,  about “Six...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

April 16, 2012

The Other Side of the Gown

As I got into bed Thursday night, I noticed a strange sensation — pain in my abdomen. It was like nothing I had every experienced before. It was a sharp pain that was localized to my right lower quadrant. I brushed it off, though, figuring it would go away. 

F...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

April 14, 2012

Holding Hands

"Why don't you go down with Ms. N when she gets her line placed?" -- Intern

Ugh! I had so many notes to complete and another patient I knew I'd have to admit by the end of the day. I did not have time to hold the patient's hand while she had a new venous catheter ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 13, 2012

A Day at TEDMED 2012...

Today I had the opportunity to attend TEDMED at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. It was... quite a (positive) experience.

Over three days, this meeting brings together extrordinary leaders from across medicine and health to spe...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

April 11, 2012

Springtime in Philadelphia

My days are, I imagine, much like many of yours. Hours of studying the same pages, wondering how the twice-rewritten and thrice-highlighted text could still escape me when the question bank comes calling. My copy of First Aid is thoroughly battered. The pack of colored pens a...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 8, 2012

Crunched for Time

We get the page that there's a patient in the emergency department. We get the brief one liner and I run down to the ED to collect a preliminary history and cursory physical exam; I haven't the time for any in-depth at this moment and can always come back once they're on ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 5, 2012

Medical School Is Making Me Go Blind!

Over the past few weeks I've been experiencing a number of headaches. My headaches would happen during class or while I was studying at my computer, but they were really faint so I didn't think too much about them. I tried not to medicate myself with NSAIDs all the time because I ...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

April 4, 2012

When Mr. Cushing Died

The pager went off just as I closed my copy of First Aid for the day. I’ve been working pretty hard, so I assured myself that I could afford an hour or so away from the books. Also, I felt bad about the extra shifts that the other crews have had to pick up during my study sa...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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