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November 18, 2012

That First Physical Exam

Each week my Art and Science of Medicine (ASM) class catalyzes, bit by bit, the transformation of student into physician. Up until now, we have been focusing on taking a history. However, the remainder of the semester will be spent learning to conduct a physical exam.

As it coincided with our anatomy curriculum, we learned the musculoskeletal exam. This exercise solidified in my mind a lot of what was challenging to memorize just a few days prior. Whenever the material is tied to a patient encounter it is always easier to learn.

However, no ASM class is without just a little bit of awkwardness. Rather than practice on patients, we practiced on each other. W...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 16, 2012

An Eye-Opening Encounter at Preceptorship

My classmates and I spend one afternoon a week with our community preceptors. These doctors, bless their hearts, have opened up their practices in order to help us blossom from first year medical students into physicians. Most of the time I feel somewhat like a baby duck, followi...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

November 14, 2012

Applying for Internship

Yesterday I took my first official step toward working here in Ireland as a doctor. The application took just 5-10 minutes to complete -- no personal statement, no online document submissions, no credit card information. Being conditioned from my own medical school applications ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

November 14, 2012

Why We're Failing as Future Physicians

We're doing it wrong.

Everyone who reads these articles has some relation to medical school. You've been there, are there, hope to be there, or know someone who spends way too much time there. We're all intimately familiar with the endless studying, the biochemical memoriz...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 14, 2012

Non-medical passions

"What profession would you pursue if you couldn't do anything related to medicine?"

I distinctly remember being asked this question during one of my medical school interviews. At the time, I responded that I would be a teacher - specifically, a math or science one...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

November 11, 2012

The Last Summer

Though the first semester of medical school has not yet finished, we've already been encouraged to make plans for the upcoming summer. I've been thinking about "the summer after the first year of medical school" for a long time because it will be my last "real" summer. It will be ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 11, 2012

Keep Your Heart Young

Some mornings I wake up without the alarm clock, just moments before it's set to scream. I can't say why this happens. But when it does, I reach out triumphantly to hit the switch before it can offend me with that awful sound -- and I'm so satisfied with myself. Such satisfaction&...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

November 11, 2012

The Hospital After Sandy

It came as little surprise when hospitals up and down the Delaware River Valley emailed medical students last Sunday night and urged us to stay home as Superstorm Sandy worked her way up the East Coast. With generators failing, temperatures falling, and beds filling rapidly, many ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 9, 2012

Is There a Med Student on Board?

I was driving through a construction zone earlier this week, going over my seemingly endless "to-do" list in my mind, when a flying cone caught my attention. The car in front of me had swerved, hitting the cone and sending it into the air. As I watched, the vehicle continued to ve...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

November 8, 2012

Indecision 2013: Match Day

In the flurry of the 2012 election, we have forgotten a greater debate that has been brewing for medical students across the country: where to go for residency? 

It is the early part of the interview season for the 2013 Residency Match (anyone else feel uneas...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

 
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