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September 22, 2012

10 Things I Learned This Month

Today marks the end of my first month of medical school! I'm still alive! Keeping in trend with my fellow bloggers, I thought it would be fun to write a list of my own. Here is a list of 10 things I've learned during the first month of medical school:

1. If one person in my class gets a sinus infection, we all get sinus infections.
2. The trapezius muscle is innervated by the spinal accessory cranial nerve XI.
3. Medical school has put my time management skills to shame, forcing me to create new ones.
4. The scrotum and labia majora are derived from the same embryological structures.
5. As of now, my brain does not function before 8AM.
6. T...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 21, 2012

The Curious Case of the iPhone

I think medical innovation and devices will be an important future aspect of medicine. Generic yet truthful, sure, why not. I just saw a device that would attach to the iPhone to allow it to be used as an otoscope. I've seen iPhone devices that would let it be used as an ECG. They...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

September 19, 2012

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

It's been a long run of pediatrics for me between my four weeks of medicine here in Ireland and the four weeks of surgery in the UK. There's a certain magic in the air that only comes out when you're dealing with kids. The other day I met a young girl with a neck mass. Her name w...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

September 18, 2012

An Introduction

My first post on The Differential brings back some of the same first-day-of-school nerves that we medical students are so used to. After looking around at what all of the other new posters did, I'm going to follow suit and write an introductory post to let you know a little bit ab...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

September 17, 2012

Donning the White Coat

My White Coat Ceremony took place on Friday. At first, I was not excited simply because I was too preoccupied with last week's quizzes, tests and the upcoming embryology final exam. However, the ceremony came at a perfect time when I am already nearly consumed by school, to remind...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 17, 2012

Check Yourself For Gunnerrhea

Gunner is a strong word. For most of you reading this blog, I suspect there's little need to explain its meaning. But for you others -- who are perhaps so fortunate as to have no use for such a word in your vocabulary -- a gunner is a medical student who is maliciously se...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

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...

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  

 
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