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May 30, 2013

Lessons from the (Research) Trenches

In my first research lab experience, I investigated the effects of knocking out genes vital for the development of the eye and orbital muscles in Zebrafish. I learned how to follow a lab protocol, perform immunohistochemistry and maintain a Zebrafish facility. Eventually, I worked with my PI to design my own experiment to run. Initially, learning all of these techniques and performing them were stimulating. However, after months of performing the same experiments, they became mundane. The redundancy day in and day out led to frustration, which eventually led me to believe that I was not cut out to be doing research.

The next lab experience was more engineering-base...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

May 30, 2013

Parting Thoughts

So graduation just happened. This means 1) No more school and 2) No more Differential. But what a day to go out on. Brilliant sunshine, a cool breeze, everyone looking well -- not much more you could ask for with these sorts of occasions. I almost felt I was back home in Califor...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

May 29, 2013

Bench to Bedside: Geriatrics

Mount Sinai is consistently ranked as a top hospital for geriatrics... and for good reason! Geriatrics was born at Mount Sinai. In the early 20th century, Ignatz Leo Nascher, MD, former Chief of Clinic in the Mount Sinai Outpatient Department, coined the term "geriatrics" and publ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 29, 2013

All Work and No Play

Last night I dreamed I was rowing a wooden boat along an endless chain of desert islands. On each island stood a nameless, faceless person holding a woven basket, and in each basket was a set of objects. The anonymous denizens of my imagination were playing the usual tricks of dre...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

May 28, 2013

USMLE Step 1 Study Experience

(A comment on my last entry was the inspiration for this post.)

Was five weeks enough time to prepare adequately for the USMLE Step 1?

Personally, I thought that five weeks was an adequate amount of tim...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

May 26, 2013

What Graduation Means

The suit is in the drycleaner, the hair is cut just enough, the family has arrived and is currently in various states of jet lag all over the couches. It's graduation week, people--time to add slew of fancy-sounding letters below my name. By the time Thursday ends, I'll be Matt W...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

May 26, 2013

Lessons From Third Year

1. When your resident tells you to go home, it's okay to go home.

2. Soft mushy diets make soft mushy people. Graham crackers and ginger ale aren't your friends.

3. Bring a phone charger. Eventually you'll get stuck in the hospital on an unexpected overnight call, ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

May 25, 2013

The rite of passage

When I look back upon the five weeks of dedicated studying that led up to May 20th when I took the USMLE Step 1, it becomes clear that it really wasn’t that bad. There were definitely ups and downs along the way. I would feel a burst of energy late in the...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

May 21, 2013

An Unlikely Professor

Fabrice was clinging to the bedrail when the paramedics wheeled him into the emergency department. I watched from down the hall as a portly police officer struggled to keep up and glanced upward at the receiving board to learn the story. Another stabbing victim. In this urban ED, ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

May 19, 2013

7 Things I'll Miss About Medical School

Why would anyone miss anything about medical school? It's horrible and you have no life and you just take tests and do meaningless work for other people who probably already know everything you're telling them anyway.

I mean, that's right but... WRONG.

Medical sc...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

 
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