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November 6, 2012

Even more on the election

As we sit here awaiting the news of the election, I've wondered how much will actually trickle down to me as a medical student. I know many doctors have strong opinions on both candidates and their stance on healthcare but I often feel as students we are somewhat insulated from politics. Whoever wins, we will still have to go to school, to worry about exams, and ultimately the Step 1, 2, 3, and then interviewing for different positions. How much will really change from the election? 

Granted there will be much debate about many other policies and the healthcare system in general but part of my indifference to politics is the idea that with so many levels, how ...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

November 6, 2012

5 Pros of Having a Long Distance Relationship

One. I'm less distracted.
Since my significant other is 2000+ miles across the country, I don't have to worry about him interrupting my study time or making a mess that I have to clean up. I don't end up staying up ridiculously late watching movies or shows. ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

November 6, 2012

The Assassination of Medicine

My father and his father were mechanics. They learned their trade and made a living with grease-stained hands. I have sometimes enjoyed a sense of generational symmetry, for the work of medicine has often seemed to bear neat resemblance to the work of my patriarchs. Ligaments and ...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

November 5, 2012

Electing to Remain Patient-Centered

I have to be honest. I was taken aback by the comments generated in response to Sara Teichholtz's last October-post. First, I should come out and say it: I support the ACA. I'm with you, Sarah! If you want to call me a crazy liberal be...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 2, 2012

The long, slow trek

I just heard from a couple different people that they can't wait to get to college, or they can't wait to graduate college, or they can't wait to graduate medical school! I use to be in their shoes. Now, I tell them don't always be so eager to looking forward as later you may some...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

November 2, 2012

Gossip Central

I thought high school was the worst time dealing with gossip and whispering and secrets behind people's back. And then I went to medical school where there's only about 150-200 people who spend almost every day with each other. 

I realize that wherever I go, there wil...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

November 1, 2012

The Harm of 'Doing No Harm'

One morning last July, I stood in the emergency department in a teaching hospital in Nepal. We were standing by the bed of a middle aged woman who was lying on her back, breathing rapidly in obvious pain. A case of acute abdomen, the physician told us, gently palpating her abdome...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

October 30, 2012

The Problems With US STEM Education

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are approximately 50 million students in the public school system. When we compare our students to others internationally, there is a sobering discrepancy in our science an...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

October 29, 2012

Medical Students: What's Your Cause?

I'm not much for politics. Whether from complacency or exhaustion, I just can't seem to get too worked up about Democrats, Republicans, or Libertarians. I lean left on one issue and right on the next, but do my best to avoid political discussions at parties or around the lunch tab...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

October 26, 2012

Asking the Awkward Questions

For the past few weeks in my Art and Science of Medicine course, I have been learning how to take a substance abuse and sexual history. After a brief didactic instruction, we role-played with our classmates.

Even though we were just pretending, it was still anxiety-provoki...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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