The Differential
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August 1, 2012

Let the Journey Begin!

I would like to begin this journey into the unknown by telling you a bit about myself. I am currently undergoing some major life changes! Last year, I graduated from college. I attended the City University of New York-City College, where I majored in biology. I absolutely loved college. Undergrad is where I mastered the art of time management and multitasking, as well as made great friends. In addition to attending school full-time, I also worked 20-40 hours per week and I was a member and then President, of a premedical club that focused on raising awareness about health disparities; I tutored children from failing public schools, mentored freshman undergraduates, volun...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

July 31, 2012

What's Your Passion?

I'm not sure how many people know what their number one passion is. Is it your career? Is it learning to become a physician? While that's often what we must say for interviews and school, I'm not so sure it's always so clear cut.

I know my passion has been ebbing and flowi...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

July 31, 2012

Any Fool

Morning rounds in the cardiac intensive care unit are an exciting display of speed, understanding of the patient, and dissemination of specific and generalizable knowledge. The overnight intern or resident (or medical student) shares the pertinent details of the history, physical,...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 30, 2012

When I Grow Up

My earliest memory of being in a hospital is from when I was five or six years old. It was Tuesday, and I was playing hooky. My Mom took me by the hand as we crossed the street, and I followed along nervously, convinced that the Hospital-People would know that I was supposed to be...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

July 30, 2012

Crisis in Medical School

You wake up on a Monday morning with the sun rising in your window. You are a second year medical student, and your first thoughts this morning are of your responsibilities for the day. You're tangled in the twisting arms of a looming board exam and your more immediate obligations...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

July 25, 2012

Fallen Angel

When Angel walked past the gates of the county jail, she soaked in the warm sun and breathed deeply. Six months after a handful of hypodermic needles and a bag of yellow powder put her behind bars, Angel was free again. For the first time in years she was clean, and she smiled whe...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

July 19, 2012

'I Am Not Your Mother'

In the ICU, information is at a premium, and the faster it can be obtained, the better. So when a patient gets wheeled in with new onset of crushing chest pain, you need to know EVERYTHING about that patient that could cause chest pain: what were they doing when the pain ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

July 17, 2012

Dax Cowart: A Right to Die?

This morning a man named Dax Cowart stood before my class and defended his right to die. He stood with his arms dangling at his side, amputated at the wrists, peering with fake plastic eyes in our general direction. He spoke elegantly, with a charming sense of humor and unwaveri...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

July 16, 2012

Diving Into a New Research Project

Arrived back in Ireland the other day, seemingly bringing the good weather with me after what I have been told has been a dreadful summer (You're welcome, Cork). My week's mission: get my research off the ground before galavanting off to London for an elective in general pediatric...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

July 15, 2012

Going the Extra Mile

Agnes had a stroke early this morning. Her rescuers arrived within minutes and hurried to buckle the aging woman into a stretcher as her husband, Hank, looked on. He watched quietly, holding a squirming poodle and nodding distantly as Agnes was wheeled away and the flashing lights...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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