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April 21, 2013

Battling On: Final Med Exams Week 2

Week 1 of examinations came and went. Here's what happened:

Surgery: Our examiners turned my hopes for an endoleak on its head by giving me an upper limb ischemia question. Not even an axillofemoral bypass could reperfuse this dream deferred.

Obstetrics: UROGYNAE. It happened. For three hours I wrote as fast as my plodding mind would take me and stumbled over the finish line with a few vaguely coherent sentences about twin pregnancies.

The stakes are ramped up for round 2 and I've been menaced all weekend by a tension headache -- a somewhat unfortunate departure in stress responses from my signature pre-exam eyelid twitch.

By the time most ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

April 16, 2013

Shared Anguish

Today while sitting in class, I learned that two explosions occurred at the Boston Marathon. Although the details of what caused the explosions have yet to be determined and the tragedy is still so raw, I felt the need to write.

In 2001, I was just beginning my last year o...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 14, 2013

Senior Suicide

Last night I was called to a ramshackle trailer home tucked away in the back of a sprawling senior citizen complex I've come to know very well. The red and blue of the ambulance's rotating lights reflected off of neightbors' windows and the car hoods of passersby as we turned down...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 14, 2013

Battling Final Med Exams: Round 1

Exams start tomorrow and, like last week, I'm still listening to Phil Collins. This time, though, I'm basking in the glow of the epic series finale of "Spartacus." (Spoiler alerts, I guess.) I am fired up after all that talk of freedom and dispatching nefarious Romans. Will I end...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

April 12, 2013

Thirty-eight

Today I sat through my last preclinical lecture, ever. Our curriculum includes a two-week course on "Integrative Evidence-Based Medicine" prior to dedicated USMLE Step 1 study time. On Monday, I will complete my in-school exam of my preclinical years and then dive headfirst into d...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

April 11, 2013

What Graduation Became

Graduation is supposed to be a time of great joy and pride, a time to celebrate with friends and classmates as we achieve our dream of becoming members of the medical profession. But for me and many others of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Class of 2013, graduatio...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 8, 2013

Lessons from Death

This year, our clinical medicine course began with a series of sessions on death. While learning the intricacies of end-of-life care, we also had discussions about our own final wishes. Before this session, we each filled out a packet put together by one of the many organizations...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

April 7, 2013

The Work-Life Balancing Act

Catherine Rampell recently blogged for the New York Times about the ways in whichgender roles affect the economy. She cites a study by ec...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 7, 2013

Best Friend Wounded

She was covered in blood when I pulled in the driveway, her tail wagging at the sight of my car all the same. It was immediately apparent that something had gone wrong -- a fight, I guessed, based on the dark red stains and my dog's penchant for sticking her nose where it doesn't ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 7, 2013

Prepare Yourselves, Exams are Coming

I am a bit tired.

Phil Collins is playing in the background. In front of me, I have both a can of Pepsi Max and a cup of tea, each nearly empty. Thankfully, I both shaved and went to the gym yesterday, doing what little I could to ward off such old frenemies as The Study...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

 
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