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May 19, 2013

Transferring Schools: Israel, Here I Come!

In the very near future, the affiliation underneath my name is going to change. Since last fall, I have been going through the medical application process once again, this time as a transfer student. Earlier this month, I withdrew from FAU in order to join the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. It's a big change, and one that I'm overjoyed to share, but also one that deserves at least a little bit of explanation.

I should begin by saying that the decision to transfer did not start with the intent to transfer. As I've discussed in the past, my interest in international m...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

May 17, 2013

Alleviating Stress in Medical School

At one point during this academic year, I saw myself becoming unusually stressed out. Juggling high-stakes exams, extra coursework (for my master's degree), my personal life and seemingly endless winter days began to take its toll on me. I was managing to stay on top of things, bu...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 15, 2013

Important Parts of Medical School

On May 15, 2011, I committed to attending Mount Sinai for medical school. I remember the joy of receiving my first acceptance in October, and the fiasco that later ensued as I agonized over which school to choose. I waited until the very last moment, 5 PM on May 15, to make my fin...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 15, 2013

Pandora's Box

In the fall of 2010, I was introduced to the BRCA tumor suppressor gene through my Ethics and Enterprise course. I remember wondering why we were watching a documentary called, "In the Family" in lieu of our usual guest speaker. The movie features the filmmaker, Joanna Rudnick and...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

May 12, 2013

Finish Them!

Exams are over, the orals have concluded, the dust has settled. Rumor has it that in a shadowy underground lair on Monday, the medical school officials will meet to finalize our marks and rank us one last time. But the clandestine schemes of our current and future supervisors ma...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

May 11, 2013

My Video Game Moment

Raz had been in Room 7 for the past three days. He was brought in to our psychiatric emergency facility after an outburst worried his mother that the boy could be a danger to his younger sisters and brothers. In retrospect it was beginning to look like any other teenage eruption, ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

May 8, 2013

Boston Strong

My family is 100% Bostonian. My father was a Boston cab driver for ten years after moving to the city at age 18. He knows every inch of the city and has watched it change over the years. My mother moved to Boston shortly after getting a Master's degree and has lived there ever...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

May 5, 2013

The Final, Final Exam

I started the exams off listening to Phil Collins. He was the musician I needed -- soothing me with hits like "In the Air Tonight." Tonight, Andre Rieu's take on "O Fortuna" has been on repeat and, truth be told, I think the "incredibly dramatic crescendo-ing music" motif is one ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

May 5, 2013

Farewell

"He was going to miss the place and all the good things he had learned. He was more confident in himself, though, and felt as though he could conquer the world." -- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

With residency peaking over the horizon, I believe it is time for me to leave "T...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

May 5, 2013

Winding Up a Biological Clock

When I was in middle school, I painted this vivid picture in my mind of the next 10 years. It included finishing high school, going to a premier college followed by a well-regarded medical school. Along the way, I would meet the right partner and we would get married before reside...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

 
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