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December 29, 2013

Preparing to Ring in the New Year

As my vacation comes to a close, I decided to generate a list of resolutions for the New Year. This year will be challenging (to say the least) as I move forward in my training. I will take USMLE Step 1 and begin 3rd year-the big league (almost). Here are some resolutions I hope to keep:

 



  1. Study for Step 1 (obviously).

  2. Stop paying for coffee. Make it at home or take advantage of the FREE coffee I get as a Sinai student.

  3. Tidy up my apartment more regularly...particularly my closet.

  4. Write in my journal every day...or at least every other day. Med school has been and will continue to be transformati...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 29, 2013

2013 in Headlines

Every morning, I get an e-mail or two containing a conglomerate of the day's headlines in medicine. Most of the time I confess to not reading the articles inside, but here are a few of the articles that stood out during this past year: 

Ingesting and Aspiratin...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

December 24, 2013

Bah Humbug

As we pull in front of the small blue rancher, the evidence of our earlier presence is subtle but damning. Footprints where heavy boots have left their imprint in the grass. A toppled garden light, accidentally snapped by the rolling stretcher. Tire treads re-traced in the mud. Th...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

December 23, 2013

Benefits of Owning a Dog

This will be my first Christmas with my dog, Barkley. Barkley is a Schnauzer mix. He was rescued from a kill shelter in the southern United States. Unfortunately, black dogs and cats often spend more time...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 20, 2013

Vaccines, Facebook Debates and the Internet Rage Machine

It's rare to have well-intentioned and (mostly) respectful conversations on facebook. So I'm happy and altogether tired that I had this experience as a study break from studying for pulmonology. Sadly as with many things they often start off with some bit of internet outrage. So i...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

December 19, 2013

What Are We Testing?

After recently finishing my GI block exam, I began thinking more about the types of questions that were asked on the test. Generally, there are a few broad categories, some which require reasoning skills, and others which are rote memorization. It's the latter ones that I find mys...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

December 16, 2013

Ten Tips for Succeeding in Medical School

Celebration! I've finished my first semester of Year 2 of medical school. Yay! There were ups, there were downs -- but I made it. The most important thing this year has been my eternal optimism and my interest in and commitment to medicine. But on a day to day basis, here is what ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 14, 2013

Half of What You're Learning is Wrong

On one of my first days of medical school orientation, one of our deans repeated the well-known warning that many medical students receive: “Fifty percent of the material we will teach you will be wrong after you graduate. The problem is, we don't know which 50%.” In m...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

December 14, 2013

See One, Do One, Teach Hundreds

We finally left Addis Ababa and headed west for Jimma. With Ben at the wheel of our rented jeep we bounced along the dusty road, dodging wayward goats and the occasional truck driver fueled by the amphetamine-laden khat root. It was a sight to behold: Ben's long curly hair flew in...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

December 14, 2013

The Passion of Medical Students

I found myself last night in the center of a dark courtyard, the greying facade of a few of Addis Ababa's many nondescript apartment buildings blocking out what little light still shone from the city center. Ben and I stepped over fallen brick as we swung open the screen door to a...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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