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November 11, 2013

Your Peers' Future Could Affect You

Mrs. Carter was waiting for me in Room 17. Admitted through the trauma bay overnight, she was the first patient for me to see on morning TICU rounds. The last name was familiar to me, but so common that I didn't consider it further. I clicked through a cursory H&P from the night before and slid the contrast back and forth on the PACS system that displayed Mrs. Carter's large pneumothorax. My eyes raised again when I saw the prehospital documentation from the ambulance crew that had responded to her fall.

It was one of the squads I'd served on for a brief time after receiving my first EMS certification. The same ambulance and back roads where I started to take t...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 7, 2013

First Impressions on Psychiatry

There’s an island in the middle of the Caribbean where the weather is always perfect.  You live in a magnificent, 5-star tree house with a jacuzzi hanging out on a branch above the crystal waters. There’s a lone palm, wind-swept and sideways, bark hypertrophied ...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

November 7, 2013

Being A Doctor is Not For You

Two articles were trending on my Facebook newsfeed this week. I agreed with both of them rationally, but it wasn't until I put them side by side that I realized I didn't really agree with either, for exactly opposite reasons. 

The first article, 

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

November 4, 2013

Raising the Legal Smoking Age: Will it Help?

On October 30, 2013, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would sign a bill to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill would go into effect six months after signing. I have mixed feelings about this legislation.

On one hand, it certainly makes a statement and could qu...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 2, 2013

Can Anyone Be a Surgeon?

He held tension on the silk ties and waited for me to cut them free of the knot. I aligned my scissors perpendicular to the tie, moved them down against the knot then turned them 45 degrees before cutting. He proceeded to close another part of the fascial layer as I watched and wa...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

October 31, 2013

My Mass Casualty

It took forever to get there. Passersby had called 911 immediately, but the winding back roads were hidden deep in the distance. Our speeding convoy lit up the night, splashing mixed blue and red hues as the caravan of ambulances screamed forward in the dark. Reports from a bystan...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

October 30, 2013

Fighting the Zombies

Tomorrow is All Hallow's Eve. Children and adults will be out in force dressed as the many spirits that haunt their dreams. Leaves turn colors that mimic varying stages of drying blood and The Walking Dead is back on air for yet another season. As I sit toying with costume ideas a...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

October 28, 2013

Financial Discrimination in Med School Admissions

The medical school admissions process is not as holistic as many admissions officers and premed advisors lead you to believe. I guess you can say I have a bee in my bonnet when it comes to this issue because I think it's important to be forthcoming with premedical students. I hate...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

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 d...

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  

 
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