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January 3, 2013

A Compliment for Alternative Medicine

After break, I'll begin a six-week module in infectious disease and immunology. After spending my summer learning about tuberculosis and malaria firsthand, I have to admit I'm really excited for this block-even all of those antibiotics we'll have to learn seem much more interesting having seen so many of them in context this summer. Although I realize how miraculous antibiotics are (the best birthday present I got last summer was azithromycin for a case of birthday strep throat), I have to say that in general, I really try not to take them unless absolutely necessary. For most things, ironically, I tend to seek alternative treatments. I realize this probably puts me in the...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

January 3, 2013

Next Step: USMLE

It feels like just yesterday when I was an angst-y pre-teen with terrible forehead ache searching through the Student Doctor Network forums for information on how to become a doctor. In my earliest memory, I am treating my first patie...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

January 2, 2013

A Prime Time Pearl

I'm sad to say time spent relaxing on holiday break was all too fleeting. I celebrated the holidays, and admittedly spent the rest of my break catching up with old friends and watching episode after episode of Law and Order: SVU. Detective Stabler's sporadic violent outbursts and ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 31, 2012

Special Moments in Primary Care

The day was done. With all of the day's patients come and gone, Dr. L finished charts while I perused the MKSAP. A nurse tapped on the office's open door, and the doctor looked up from her paperwork burden, her glasses low on her nose and her eyebrows raised high. "Darrell is ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

December 29, 2012

Letting Them Down Gently

When I had to choose an undergraduate institution, I had good options both close to and far from home. When my mother said she'd prefer I not move away, though, I ultimately chose to stay in Chicago. I have never regretted the choice, but it was the first time my family factored s...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

December 28, 2012

Senior Neglect

Henry walked slowly into the clinic, his metal walker -- marked with the scars of countless collisions -- leading the way. A faded brown jacket hung on his frame, barely concealing a tattered green vest and cherry red tie. He was ready for his day at the doctor. Just beh...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

December 27, 2012

Stuck in neutral

Yesterday, as I scrolled through my Facebook news feed I noticed a slew of new albums. One of them contained photos of my friend's bare apartment in New York City and the local flavor. Another album was filled with scenes from mountain peaks and exploring the Los Angeles nightlife...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

December 25, 2012

The Evolution of Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions usually come right in the middle of life chapters. Here are the last few years of my life as a premed/med student, illustrated by my New Year's resolutions:

2010: As a 2009 college graduate, this was what I like to refer to as my "freshman year of li...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

December 23, 2012

Taking the Time to Reflect

It feels so good to be in my office writing this post rather than using this room to study. To be honest, I am very much looking forward to next semester. However, I am also thankful to have this holiday break to reflect on the past four months. Medical school was like a whirlwind...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 22, 2012

Is it Match Day Yet?

I was sitting through a simulation lecture (how to not kill your patient with a CHF exacerbation) when I found myself day-dreaming. I was imagining what it would be like to be in the ICU caring for a patient with COPD as a newly-minted physician. I was going through the s...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

 
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