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November 29, 2012

Moving through the ER

The first night of my emergency medicine rotation started with two suspected strokes, a concerning hyperkalemic, and a febrile seizure. Interesting patients, conditions, and scenarios to learn from as a medical student, but all troubling to witness from the perspective of a family member.

The febrile seizure was remarkable for the hysteria of the mother; wailing over her post-ictal child. As the medical student on the periphery, I could not help but get annoyed as the mother got in the way of the nurses and other providers attempting to assess her child. Yet, as one wishing to be a father in the future, I admired the mother for holding vigil by her child's...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

November 29, 2012

Med School Matchup

Like most, starting medical school for me meant moving to a new city and a new home. Aside from Luna's, most faces I saw each day were new ones, and outside of my anatomy group it took a while to learn the names of my new classmates. It was a bi...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 28, 2012

Physician salaries

Recently, I posted this infographic showing a breakdown of the training and salaries of physicians on Facebook with the commentary, "...one takeaway: don't go into medicine for money." Imme...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

November 28, 2012

The Quantum Mechanics of the CK Score Report

That's it. My fate as an American is sealed. Moments ago, I received an anonymous tip from ECFMG online services informing me that my USMLE Step 2CK results are available. Naturally, I haven't checked it. The timing doesn't suit as I'm running off to shoot a quick interview and ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

November 27, 2012

Med School Incest

A physician I once worked with described medical training as a four-year parade of love affairs.

"It's an incestuous parade," he added with a reminiscent smile. The truth is it's an incestuous stampede -- the student body trudging through recklessly, plucking its ...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

November 26, 2012

A Medical Student's Best Friend

Luna and I first met at the kitchen table. A few minutes earlier my Mom had come home and set her purse on the wooden stand. She spied from the corner of the room as a wet nose and tiny whiskers peeked from the bag, surprising me as I worked on a week's backlog of paperwork. In no...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 25, 2012

Having an Efficient Holiday

Balancing work or school and personal life is never easy. Around the holidays it requires a bit more finesse than usual. Thanksgiving was my first real holiday as a medical student. Was it any different from my other holiday experiences? Yes and no.

I still spent time with...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 23, 2012

How Pathologists Celebrate Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! As much as my classmates and I were looking forward to Thanksgiving break, I have a sneaking suspicion that no one looks forward to this holiday as much as Pathologists. Here is how I envision them celebrating Thanksgiving.

Pathologists leave their teac...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

November 21, 2012

Medical education is failing us

With the advent of portable technology and thus access to a world of knowledge through the Internet at our fingertips, it would seem that memorizing the biochemical pathways could be written out of the medical curriculum. What is the applicability to our future patients in knowing...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

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 i...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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