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September 17, 2013

Medical Student Syndrome? I think I Have That

A great article in the New York Times recently reminded me of my own struggle with Medical Student Syndrome. I have somewhere in a pile of papers a list that my friend kept on the back cover of her notebook of every diagnosis that I gave myself throughout the year. It's an embarrassingly long list, and covers all the usual suspects (brain tumor, cancer, tuberculosis) to the more obscure (anencephaly, horseshoe kidney). While many of these were in jest, I keep this list to remind me of several of those diagnoses that I truly believed I had. Let's just say that neuro was a rough block and c...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

September 16, 2013

New Year, New Challenges

As medical students we often have a difficult time admitting we're not superhuman. It seems as though there is an unspoken law among the masses that it is a crime to admit that things aren't easy. Only during rare moments, in private with close friends do people admit that medical...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 16, 2013

Let's Embrace Ensō

“Ens˘” is a symbol that literally means “circle” in Japanese. Metaphorically, it can mean a vast number of things: the beginning and ending of life, existence’s interconnections and boundaries. It is composed of a single stroke but captures the comple...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

September 15, 2013

Water All Around, And Not a Drop to Drink

The air is turning colder in my small section of the world. Dry brown leaves fall silently from trees that have seen more winters than most, and it seems that all too quickly we've traded the air conditioning for the fireplace. I use the coming cold as an excuse to relax in front ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

September 11, 2013

Re-examining My Motives

I was having a conversation with one of my mentors (who is also like my surrogate big sister while I'm away from home) about motives. Since I was a little kid, I was that girl who was on every committee. I triple-booked myself for the first time in grade 4. I really can't rememb...

Posted By: Zoyah Thawer  

September 10, 2013

Taking Note of Taking Notes

Looking around my lecture today, I had to pause and take note of, well, taking notes. It's hard to believe how much the lecture hall has changed over just a couple of years. I remember that when I graduated from college in 2009 (which is actually starting to seem like a long time ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

September 6, 2013

The New Medical Student Dilemma

Medical schools today attract many types of applicants that they did not in previous decades. No longer is it uncommon to see non-science majors, people who have transitioned from a different career, those who are more interested in the politics or public health aspects of medicin...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

September 6, 2013

TCK Troubles

Every time I go to a new institution, it becomes an experience in diagnosis roulette. The following falls under what my friends have dubbed "immigrant issues" or "TCK troubles". For the record, TCK stands for third culture k...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

September 4, 2013

MDMA/Molly Deaths: Preventable?

On Friday, I was taking care of a much-needed shopping trip to Costco. The shopping center is located as far east as you can go on the island of Manhattan. After pulling into a spot in the parking lot, I could feel the thumping bass of electronic music and could clearly see the la...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 3, 2013

Medical School and The Military

When my acceptance letter to medical school came in the mail, I traded ribbons and rank for scrubs and white coats. After years of waking each morning to the strictest of schedules and a familiar routine, I was eager to transition to the new experience of civilian life and the wor...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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