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April 5, 2013

Best Moments of Pre-Clinical Years

The empty cadaver lab.  An evening during my first month here, I climbed the stairs to the cadaver lab. It was desolate -- the neat rows of steel tanks, the air conditioner's steady hum -- just 55 cadavers and me. At our tank I lifted the doors and cranked the lever, until the gaping chest cavity emerged, full of the pink fluid. I began to explore. It was one of those moments I'd heard about or imagined, when I was finally here, learning this spectacular thing.

The desert baby.  Excitement in medicine is a strange kind of thrill. When the job is exciting, it's usually because the stakes are high. The first baby I helped o...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

April 5, 2013

The Art of Discussion

As I listened to NPR on my commute home from school, I tuned in during a discussion on same-sex marriage. During his response to a question that I missed in the earlier segment, the speaker noted that there were three vital things to consider when partaking in a dialogue, especial...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

April 4, 2013

Not Expiration, Death

I've been in medical school for seven and a half months. I completed an entire anatomy course. I've had patient interactions and shadowed clinicians. I've only heard death mentioned twice.

At the beginning of the school year we had a session on the process by which patien...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 1, 2013

Life as a Pre-USMLE M2

My class is currently in our five or so weeks of dedicated USMLE study time. This is longer than some schools and shorter than others, but it doesn't really matter how many weeks we have -- two years of medical education contains an overwhelming amount of material to review. Since...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

March 31, 2013

7 Things That Won't Be on the Peds Exam (But Still Matter)

1. A giant Q-tip/Procto-Swab stolen off the OB/GYN chart can be a great icebreaker for a child reluctant to see the doctor: "Thank goodness you're here! Have you seen the elephant who needs his ears cleaned?"

2. Boo-boos hurt less when they're covered with Disney ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

March 29, 2013

Med School Admissions

In the midst of the flurry of final exams, I had the opportunity to visit my alma mater. Along with other medical students, I was at the City College of New York to represent Mount Sinai at the Premedical Fair, a medical school fair for undergraduates. On Saturday morning we spoke...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

March 28, 2013

Less Hours = More Mistakes?

A recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine on the possible negative effects of work hour restrictions for residents has made headlines in the health section of the news. The TIME article I found was entitled, "

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

March 26, 2013

Practicing on Prisoners

At this school we practice medicine on prisoners. Residents and medical students practice medicine on prisoners. We're commissioned by the state to do this; we are the medical home for every inmate in Texas. Some of them wait months and travel for days to get here. They a...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

March 26, 2013

Leaving Home For Medicine

On my way to turn in a few forms in the hospital today, I ran into a friend of mine who's now an intern here in Cork. After exchanging the usual pleasantries we moved onto the usual small talk.

"So, did you get a job?" She asked me, her tone lowered slightly to emphasize...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

March 25, 2013

Dancing through OSCEs

Last week, I stood in the hallway outside a professor's door, waiting to begin the last five minute patient presentation I'll deliver for the next couple of months. It was the last day of our second year OSCE exams and I had spent the morning reviewing a standardized patient's cha...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

 
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