The Differential
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July 28, 2013

This is How it Starts...

I went down to St. James Infirmary
I saw my baby standing there...

It's always a bit bothersome when you have a patient with some medical problem or another and wonder: How did they get this way? Sometimes it's easy to think that these things just happen, pop out of nowhere and afflict them with pain and discomfort. But with most illnesses these days, it's a lot more indolent, as a pathologist would say.

Inevitably we as medical practitioners will become someone else's patient down the line, if we are not already. I love to dance. I will try almost any dance. My mother jokes that she could never take me anywhere as a child because as soon as ...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

July 28, 2013

Healthcare Policy Affects Us All

A recent New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece entitled, “The Residency Mismatch” sheds light on the ~30% increase in medical student enrollment by the 2016-2017 academic year, but th...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

July 28, 2013

Resource Overload

Whenever I have an upcoming exam to study for, I tend to turn to the Student Doctor Network [SDN] forums or Amazon for recommendations on resources to use. Thus far, these two sources have pointed me in the right direction [e.g. for Step 1, it seemed to work]. However, sometimes I...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

July 28, 2013

The Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Deep

My first moments of deep appreciation for Robert Frost came through Anatomy of a Kidnapping, the autobiography of Dr. Steven Berk. In Anatomy Berk recounts 4 harrowing hours in which he was forced at gunpoint to aid a violent criminal in Amarillo, TX. The story...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

July 25, 2013

My Advice to First Year Medical Students: Pancakes

This week, I began the odd experience of going through first year orientation again after completing two years of medical school. Since I'm repeating second year, I'll join the class of 2016 when they return for classes in August, and until then I get to join the month-long orient...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

July 23, 2013

10 Years of Clean Air

Imagine boarding an airplane destined to Paris and having to endure your neighbor’s cigarette smoke for seven hours. Or perhaps you’re high-strung coworker needs to de-stress and lights up a cigarette in the break room. Imagine going out to dinner and being asked wheth...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

July 22, 2013

Letting Them Go...

As I'm watching the last vestiges of the summer fade into yet another sunset, it's hard not to wonder where all that time went. I suppose there's a bit of wistful nostalgia to looking back at the summer. You start to wonder which things you'll remember most. Movie nights at the ap...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

July 22, 2013

Enjoing the Silence

Each morning, I leave the warm comfort of my bed to retreat into my study. In this time, I will catch up on a lecture I was too tired to watch the previous night, or read a couple of pages in my review book. Sometimes I’ll ponder the complexities of a surgery I plan on scrub...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

July 18, 2013

Sublimation for Survival

Have you ever wanted to strap yourself onto a giant bottle rocket and launch into the great expanding abyss; to surrender your mortal shell for floating — denying meaning or purpose far into the inorganic embrace of a star-filled galaxy? Have you ever had one of those week...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

July 18, 2013

Student to Professional

To date, I've spent most of my life as a professional student. Since classes ended, I had to find my summer rhythm (i.e. what to do with more time on my hands). On Monday, I started an intensive public health course in occupational medicine. I chose to take it with the occupationa...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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