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October 27, 2013

When Health Isn't the Top Priority

During a presentation I attended earlier this week on how we can influence patients’ health through preventative measures beyond the clinic, a very interesting notion came up regarding the idea of health versus freedom. As healthcare practitioners, we often focus on health as the number one priority for our patients. However, for patients, I would argue that freedom is far more important.

This idea may not be apparently conflicting, so let me explain: in the speaker’s presentation, a central argument was that people can control their health if they control their food consumption. He mentioned that, for instance, in African American communities, it is cu...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

October 26, 2013

Naturopathic Remedies and Modern Medicine

Feathers have been ruffled in the medical community as talk of the efficacy of honey as a cough remedy sweep through major journals. Okay, so maybe it's not so apocalyptic, but I needed a hook, right? There is a bit of a ruffle though -- could it be that a natural remedy that ha...

Posted By: Zoyah Thawer  

October 26, 2013

House of the Sick

Days here are long. We start at 8:15 on the top floor of the hospital, sitting through lectures until breaking for lunch at noon. A little after 1, it's back to class again until around 3 most days, which several times a week is followed up with a medical Hebrew class or a global ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

October 24, 2013

Can We Help Change the World?

When I finished Plebe Summer years ago, my grandfather presented me with what has become my most prized possession -- valuable to me not just for its probable auction price and its unique place in history, but also for the incredible story behind it.

A young first-generati...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

October 22, 2013

The Never-ending Quest for Work-Life Balance

This week was quite the marathon, and it has forced me to ponder the issue of work-life balance. As always, I had to study last week for an exam. I also participated in a premedical mentoring event on Saturday, held a Family Medicine Interest Group event, and I had to put final to...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

October 21, 2013

Staying Sane

I get a little crazy when I'm in the same environment for a long time. Day in, day out, variations of a constant. Wake up, go to school, study, come home, go to bed. Try to relax, fail to relax, force self to relax so much that it becomes stressful. Give in and do tutorial prep ...

Posted By: Zoyah Thawer  

October 19, 2013

En Utero

I’ve felt “sucked in” for the past 7 weeks. There are times in life when you are able to maintain some distance between yourself and your labors. The mind is able to go aloft to the larger problems of living, and maybe even enjoy an occasional glimpse into the ...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

October 19, 2013

The Perks of Studying Abroad

The other day, as we were learning the Hebrew word for “diarrhea,” (it's actually quite beautiful: shilshool), a classmate leaned over to me and whispered, “I bet you didn't have to do this back in the States.” It made me smile then, but it also made take a...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

October 18, 2013

Counseling teenagers on sex

I turned toward my patient’s mother and asked, “Do you mind stepping out while I conduct this portion of the interview?” She quietly left the room and I closed the door behind her. When I returned to my stool, I looked over at my adolescent patient and continued ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

October 16, 2013

Finding What's Important to You

Med school is hard for more than one reason. First, there's the content, the clinicals, the gruelling hours, the attempt at a social life, the work-life balance. Then throw in being away from home for the first time and being in a new city (or even country, for some!) and you ha...

Posted By: Zoyah Thawer  

 
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