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June 19, 2012

Postpartum rounds to Newborn nursery

Finished 6 weeks of Ob/Gyn and rolling right into Pediatrics. A friend of mine, who has the opposite schedule, remarked today about how amusing it was that from a Pediatrics perspective, the days after childbirth fall under the purview of the Newborn nursery, while from the Obstetrics perspective, they're postpartum, representing the end of all the action. What a wonderful crossover!

Doctors always ask students what field they're seriously considering, and when I mentioned today that I really enjoyed my time on Ob/Gyn, a pediatrician asked me whether when I assisted in labor, helped deliver a baby, and handed it off to the nurse for assessment, I wanted to stay wit...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

June 18, 2012

Studying for USMLE Step 1 M1 Summer?

UVA's undergraduate medical curriculum has 1.5 years of preclinical training. As such, we take USMLE Step 1 exam during January of our second year-- earlier than most other medical schools.

I took the MCAT twice-- studying for the that exam was a struggle that ruined my se...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

June 14, 2012

What About Yang?

Mastering ventilators currently ranks high on my list of challenges thanks to my current elective in trauma surgery back in America, land of opportunity. Slowly, I'm piecing things together but I haven't had this much trouble trying to understand something since I first tried to...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

June 13, 2012

A Second Chance

"Guess what...Ms. Smith is back in the ED." -- Resident

I was heading out the door for the day when a resident informed me that a patient I had discharged just two days before was back. She was sitting in the emergency department with her all too familiar complai...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 10, 2012

A Dose of Reality

I am more than half way through my medicine sub-internship, a 4-week taste of what it is like being a medicine intern. Of course, I am supervised by a senior resident, but I essentially function as a "junior intern;" I carry the same number of patients as the interns, I a...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 10, 2012

Breaking Down

I did something stupid last week - something that's caused every single person I've told to physically wince. I'm telling you this as a simple fable - don't do what I did - but also for a larger lesson.

I wear two rings, one on each hand. On my left is a simple gold r...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

June 10, 2012

From the Ambulance to the ER

A few nights ago I got called to what can only be described as The Middle of Nowhere. Paved roads had ended for miles by the time the flashing lights of the State Police identified our destination. It was a small blue trailer buried within acres of forest, and a bit of a hike with...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

June 4, 2012

Third Things Third

I must first apologize for the lateness of my post. I had intended to wrap up my posts by the month of May. However, as graduation drew closer and closer, I found less and less time with which I could spend writing. And so, I submit these last few posts in the month of June. Bec...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

June 3, 2012

I'm a Fourth Year?

"You're a fourth year now." -- Attending

Please do not say that. Do not say that I am beginning my last year of medical school. Do not say that I am the senior medical student. Do not say I determine the patient's plan. And please do not say I will be a...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 2, 2012

Blood Diamonds

After spending the past few months dissecting a cadaver, Ive started thinking about the human body and what happens to it when someone dies. I think it is always important to honor the lives of the departed. Whether someone chooses to be buried or cremated, or chooses to donate t...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

 
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