The Differential
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May 22, 2012

What Should We Call Med School? Cathartic

I'm sure you've heard of the tumblr, What Should We Call Med School? If you haven't, it's a collection of gif video files and captions that capture the experience of struggling medical students everywhere.

As someone interested in Narrative and interpersonal connections, I was captivated by the blog because it uses so few words to illustrate the complexities of being a physician-in-training. I also became interested in the blog because it is just plain hilarious. I have friends at medical schools all over the country who find joy in the self-deprecating humor championed by the site. Its a testament to unive...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

May 19, 2012

Bullous Pemphigoid and the Exam Week That Was

End of Year Exams arrived in Cork last week and conclude Monday. After a week where I consumed 6.5L of Pepsi Max and the entire Scream trilogy, here are some highs and lows:

1. Monday (Obstetrics/Pediatrics/Reproduction/Embryology).

Low-light...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

May 14, 2012

This is no 'Gray's Anatomy'

It was 4 pm on Sunday, and I was sitting at my computer, closely watching a Youtube instructional video on tying the perfect surgical square knot and mimicking the graceful hand turns with my strip of twine. Simple as it sounds, it took me a half hour to finally intuit the logic o...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

May 14, 2012

Med Students Helping Med Students

It's great to learn something new and even better to be able to pass that information along to others through instruction. This method of learning and teaching helps us better remember that which we were taught while helping those who come after us. Student tutoring implements thi...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

May 12, 2012

Patients' Loss of Control

"...They won't let you take off your wrist band until all your evaluations are over. So I've been wearing it for two days. It's like a freaking noose!" - My friend undergoing chemotherapy

Having never been a patient admitted to a hospital, I often times find mysel...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

May 11, 2012

Second Things Second

At this point you’ve burned through your last “free” summer. Medical school is beginning. And the excitement of opening that acceptance letter has been replaced with the excitement of beginning  new phase of your educational career. What do you do next?</p...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

May 11, 2012

'Twas the Week Before Boards

 

 

 

 

‘Twas the week before Boards, and all ‘cross the land,
Not a student could focus, not even to Gol-jan.
First Aid lay in tatters, its pages all torn,
especially the chapter on before ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

May 6, 2012

Dr. Mom

When I was a kid I used to love those green and white spearmint mints, the hard candies that come as a welcome surprise when the waitress drops your check off at the end of a meal. Even now my heart leaps when she brings too many or my older sister leaves hers behind. My parents, ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

May 5, 2012

The Evolution of CPR

During one of the days last week in which I suffered through Leisure Sickness (just over it now, with a week to go before UCC's all-important end of year exams), I dug deep and got myself recertified in BLS for the I-don't-know-how-many-th time since first learning CPR as a Boy ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

May 3, 2012

Teaching the Next Class

"I want to you to look after the second-year." -Medicine Intern

It was a Sunday call and I was looking to kill some time waiting for an admission. I decided now was as good a time as any to ask the intern for some feedback; how's my doctoring? She gave me...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

 
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