The Differential
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June 22, 2013

A Chin Lac Just Like Mine

Twenty years ago my dad lifted me from where I'd fallen at the bottom of the stairs and sat me down upon the bathroom counter. He stared intently at my bleeding chin as my wails filled the house and declared the wound worthy of our local emergency department. His determination that I'd need stitches to stop the bleeding only intensified my cries, and I begged for absolution the entire ride to the hospital. Even today, I can vividly remember the painful pierce of the suture needle and the burn of the antiseptic.

My final patient last night was a young boy of 7, his dirty blonde hair and red, swollen eyes almost a copy of my own those many years ago. He held a bloodi...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

June 20, 2013

A New Leaf for Obesity

On Tuesday the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized obesity as an actual disease. This means good news for public health, policy and research related to obesity surveillance, prevention and treatment.

It was only recently that the medical community began to recogn...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

June 19, 2013

Done is better than perfect

Last fall, in the midst of planning a large-scale event for my American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) branch, I touched base with my mentor over coffee. We discussed how the curriculum was shaping up and my personal performance on recent examinations. The conversation then mi...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

June 14, 2013

Second Step

With Step 2 having creeped up on me, I finally broke the seal on this year's question bank. It seems like only yesterday when I put away the materials from my first set of board exams. Pulling my chair up to the desk to click through another set of UWorld questions has brought on ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

June 14, 2013

I Swear, Officer, I Do no Harm

A few days ago, my backpack underwent its own kind of imaging study at the Frankfurt airport. I was on a layover and international connections apparently require an extra security check. I'd already put my bag through security at the airport in Florida, so I wasn't too concerned. ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

June 11, 2013

Caring for Those Who Care for Others

"Caregiver" is defined as a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill). Perhaps a more specific and appropriate definition is that from the

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

June 11, 2013

The Dark Cloud

Dr. Danielle Ofri's piece, "The Darkest Year of Medical School" discusses the loss of humanistic qualities such as altruism and empathy as clinical training progresses. This piece piqued my interest becaus...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

June 5, 2013

The Patient Who Healed Me

It's been an interesting year for me, balancing second year stress with the transfer application process. There were harder moments as it began to seem that no matter how many waking hours I devoted to the books, it was getting me no closer to actually practicing medicine. (Does &...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

May 31, 2013

Flashback

"The patient is in v-fib - let's charge the defibrillator to 200 and continue chest compressions." 

As I watched the orchestra of my classmates working on their assigned duties, my mind wandered to a similar scene from a year ago. At the time, I stood at the sidelines...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

May 31, 2013

A Medical Mission Changed Me

Two years ago, as the long first year of medical school ended, I set off to Cambodia to try to lend a hand. In striving to do some good in just one small part of the world, I was able to meet people from all over — volunteers who hoped to make a difference. It was in meeting...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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