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September 17, 2012

Getting In - Part 1

It is late December in 2010. I sit next to the fireplace at my favorite coffee shop and consider the essay prompts before me. At this point, I am desperate - halfway through the application cycle and all I have to show for the countless hours craned over my keyboard pouring out my life story into secondary applications are several rejection letters. I am losing hope and confidence.

Since I have nothing to lose - aside from the $75 secondary application fee - I decide to let the words flow for this prompt. In the first essay, I describe my possible contribution to the institution and in the second, my experience working with students from a high-need school. I proof...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

September 16, 2012

The Sounds of the ICU

The sounds of the ICU are a cacophony. There's never really a quiet moment as the ventilators play their musical tones, the monitors chirp an ignored alert, or the soft lullaby marking another baby's birth is played over the hospital's loudspeaker. A few weeks into this rotation, ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

September 15, 2012

Submitting the Residency Application

I have looked over my residency application no less than 20 times; this has to be perfect before I hit send. No misplaced commas, no verbose passages, no silly errors like writing the wrong institution in the personal statement (eek!). 

I have waited...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

September 13, 2012

Learning Again -- Step By Step

It has been over a year since I studied.

After three years of medical school, I took a leave of absence to work abroad in Vietnam. I postponed Step 2CK, residency applications, not to mention the coveted fourth year schedule of shelf-free electives. In exchange I landed in...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

September 11, 2012

San Diego Safari Park

I just got back from my 1 year anniversary. I am lucky that I get to take some time off from my PhD years to enjoy the sweeter things in life. But on an entirely more medically related note-- 

Has anyone been to the San Diego Safari Park? They have a $10 million veter...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

September 11, 2012

10 Things to Know About Me

See #10.

I thought I'd start off here on The Differential in true medical school fashion: with a li...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

September 9, 2012

Anatomy Lab

Tuesday marked the start of my anatomy course. For many years, I envisioned what the day would be like. I imagined the room would be cold and quiet. I imagined that one of my classmates (or perhaps myself) would have to be excused, overcome with nausea or panic, as the professor u...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 6, 2012

A Good Story

"Do you think I might be in one of your stories?" Mrs. Rivers caught me off-guard.

It was barely 5 a.m., the first glimmers of light beginning to peek over the horizon and sneak around the drawn blinds in my patient's room. I was nearly through with the morning tradition o...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

September 4, 2012

Ciaran and the Tooth Fairy

Ciaran took a mighty swig of cool, refreshing Coca Cola -- he'd earned it. With that special, sideways nod of the head endemic to Irish males wishing to acknowledge either a person or some sort of truth, he announced to the room, "I'd say now that was the best one yet." Ciaran is...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

September 3, 2012

A Physician's Promise

"I will apply...measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice." -Hippocrates

Among the hustle and bustle of the first week of medical school, we spent time in small groups discussing the Mount S...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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