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May 2, 2013

Riding the Roller Coaster

The thing I find most amazing about medical school so far, is its ability to push me beyond my limit. In September, I was stressed out about my workload and couldn't even imagine more work. Now, I feel as though I do in fact have more exams and quizzes which means more studying. The difference between now and September is that I have found more of a rhythm. I've even learned to live with almost always being tired (though I still complain about it).

My medical school (perhaps all medical schools) is good at slowly but surely increasing the workload so that when I meet a challenge, I am actually prepared to conquer it. For example, last week we had a midterm in micro...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 30, 2013

This is Your Brain on Med School

During our final week of formal instruction before our dedicated USMLE study time, my classmates and I broke into small groups to collectively reflect upon our first two years of medical school. Our group met with our Curriculum dean who was, understandably, interested to hear how...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

April 28, 2013

Life in a Box

"When a man is finally boxed and he has no choice, he begins to decorate his box." -- John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday

What follows will be my attempt to decorate a box. The walls of Step 1 have finally swallowed me; I need a more spirited and colorful atm...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

April 28, 2013

The Good Old Days

I sat outside last night as a misty rain hung in the air. The dim light from the small lamppost fell across the porch and I settled into a feeble wicker chair. My books and notes stayed inside, their edges dog-eared and coffee stained. I sighed and tried to relax after the longest...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 28, 2013

The Most Expensive Vacation You'll Ever Take

"Raise your hand if this is your last class of medical school." - Transition to Internship Director

At this time, half of my class is frantically looking for housing for residency while the other half is vacationing trying not to think about looking for housing. M...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

April 22, 2013

One is the Loneliest Number

I am officially one week into my dedicated Step 1 study time. Each morning, my alarm startles me out of bed. I eat breakfast, go to the gym, then hide away to study. I watch the sun ascend each day as I scribble lists to memorize on a white board. As the day progresses, my visits ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

April 22, 2013

My First Code

Tonight I watched a woman die. I had never met the woman before. I did not know her name. I never even saw her face. Yet this woman taught me what it means to be an extraordinary physician.

I was shadowing in the emergency department for the first time since beginning medi...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 22, 2013

I Confess: I'm Squeamish

"I wanted to go to medical school, but I just can't handle blood."

For some reason, this is one of the most common responses I get when I tell people that I'm in medical school. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Blood may weed out more potential applicants than both organic ch...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

April 21, 2013

The Other Side of Medical Student Hypochondria

I hurt my ankle.

It's Luna's fault -- after three years of digging in the same spot, she finally found her way to the other side of the fence. One look outside the back door and I caught her trotting off into the neighbor's yard. Knowing of her penchant to start fights and...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

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....

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

 
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