The Differential
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October 22, 2012

Shutting off the Brain

I just watched the new Big Bang Theory on television and saw a joke about doing real life operations on cadavers at UCLA (... go USC!). In any case, I think it's great that science and medicine are getting more recognition in pop culture. 

Even better, it's a great way to really just unwind after long days at work. Sometimes my boss mentions how it's good to be available and still working even when you get home. On the flip side, he recognizes how important it is to still find enjoyment outside of work. 

I find I can work better the next day when I can basically shut off my brain and just veg out a bit. I know that I often can do this with just ha...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

October 21, 2012

Whining About Binders Full of Women

"...because I recognized that if you're going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible." --

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

October 20, 2012

The Cost of Victory

A few weeks ago, I finished my month in the SICU, a medical gauntlet for which I was unprepared. Ten minutes into my first day, I started CPR on an ailing patient, one procedure, at least, that years on the ambulance and months in the ED had made familiar. Twenty minutes late...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

October 18, 2012

Behold the Hidden Curriculum

There's a concept in education called the hidden curriculum. It's the curriculum that's not printed on any course syllabus -- the questions our board exams won't ask. The lessons arrive lightly, often without our knowing, and yet deeply influence the way we function. The ...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

October 17, 2012

Zoonotic Zebras

I've spent a lot of time learning about why stereotyping is wrong. I've learned this from my parents, from Elmo, from grade-school teachers, and lately, my medical ethics lectures. I realized how dangerous stereotyping can be last year when a doctor told me, "I'm not going to both...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

October 15, 2012

Zebras

She was a 65-year-old female with abdominal pain and vomiting that started the previous evening. Her past medical history revealed a 40 pack-year smoking history and emotional distress over the passing of her husband. When prompted for a history of present illness, she repeated he...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

October 15, 2012

The Thrill is Gone

I haven't written much lately, and while the days are long and the mornings are early, I can't say it's because I've been too tired or busy. I still waste plenty of time catching up on weekly sitcoms and historic space jumps, and always have hours left over to spend annoying my li...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

October 13, 2012

Genetic Disease: Would You Want to Know?

I wore a patient gown for the first time in a year. It was cotton. I wrapped it around myself twice to compensate for its size, along with the deficit of clothing underneath.

The women's health practitioner sat across from me in the exam room. I wanted to be in her place -...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

October 11, 2012

Playing Doctor

This morning I donned a neartly-pressed white coat and entered the wards of Healthcare University Hospital, or HUH? to the unenlightened. It's unclear to me if this is a happy accident or a sneaky joke played by UCC's Medical Education Unit paying homage to the blank stares and ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

October 11, 2012

Getting Through Boring Lectures

I've been reading more about presentation style and how it can change the audience's ability to retain or learn from the presentation. With many of the lectures and presentations I sit through, I start to get antsy just a few minutes into the presentation and find myself quickly r...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

 
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