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May 3, 2012

First Things First

Last week I wrote about wrapping up my time here with the Differential as graduation looms ahead. I mentioned that I would conclude by sharing what I wish I would have known when I started on this journey. I also have another motivation for composing such “advice.” My younger sister will be starting medical school this August. It is an exciting time. And I remember the excitement of beginning this journey quite well. So here is what I would say to her or any other person about to jump into the deep end of this crazy pool called medicine.

First, enjoy your final summer before medical school. Don’t worry about trying to get a head start by reading...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

May 1, 2012

JAMA, my new coffee table swag?

I recently became a member of the American Medical Association, so I’ve started receiving JAMA, the weekly journal published by the organization. When I first found the publication in my mailbox I was caught off guard. I was taken aback because the subscription was directly ...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

May 1, 2012

Passing the Torch

First year students think they know nothing and really know nothing.

Second year students think they know something and really know nothing.

Third year students think they know nothing, but know something.

Fourth year students...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

April 28, 2012

Of Strokes and Squeaky Ducks

The lead in my pencil broke as I filled in the last bubble, but I was past caring. I was done with second year. No more sitting in traffic on my way in to lecture, no more smuggling food past the hawkish librarians. With just USMLE and COMLEX standing between me and my first rotat...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 27, 2012

Does Medicine Discourage Gay Doctors?

"There is no anger in his voice when he talks about his experiences." -- Dr. Pauline Chen on

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 27, 2012

Physicians Mistreating Students

Though it feels like Step 1 was just the other day, the newly minted third year class assembled for three days of orientation this week for the start of Year Three. Between sessions on correctly scrubbing and gloving, LMR access, white coats, pagers, interview templates, and roles...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

April 25, 2012

Four More Weeks

Four more weeks. That’s all I have left. I have four weeks of an elective called Whole Person Care and then a week off before graduation ceremonies. Last week, the Loma Linda University School of Medicine posted a picture of the crews setting up the canopies for graduation...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

April 24, 2012

Counting Down the Days

Months ago when I talked with my number-loving grandfather, he would offer a triple-digit number of tallied days remaining until my graduation from medical school. The numbers quickly became double-digits and is now rounding out to less than a month.

Each time I see him, h...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

April 21, 2012

Leisure Sickness: How Dubstep and Snowboarding Ruined Me

The other day I returned from my Easter vacation (I missed you the whole time, dear readers), a music and skiing/snowboarding festival in Austria.

I came home with three things:
1) Sleep debt.
2) Unfortunate, unresolving bilateral numbness in the halluxes.

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

April 20, 2012

A Suicide Note

It was dark and raining -- the way it always seems to be when these things happen. Local police were already there when we arrived. A sobbing mother stood in the open, her tears mixing with the cold rain. White beams and flashing red lights illuminated the darkened apartment, and ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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