The Differential
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October 28, 2013

Balancing Act

During the preclinical years, the greatest challenge I faced was learning how to study effectively. Throughout college and my Master's work, I never really needed to sit down for a couple hours every single day to do well in my coursework. Usually, if I spent an hour every other day working on assignments, I felt ahead of the game. But once I started medical school, this mentality no longer worked. I'd like to believe that by my second year, I sort of figured out what worked best for me and felt like I found a way to balance studying, exercise, sleep and even a couple of extracurriculars.

Now that I've transitioned into my clinical years, I'm still trying to strike...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

October 27, 2013

Full Circle

I was sitting in the residents room when I heard that we had a patient being transferred to us from an outside hospital. I didn't think much of it at the time, but after he arrived I was assigned the task of following up on his lab results from the other hospital. Charged with thi...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

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 a...

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  

 
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