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January 12, 2014

Future Tech: 3 Inventions that May Change the Face of Medicine

I'm currently en route to Salt Lake City. Dallas Fort Worth Airport seems nice enough. It's my first time here and there isn't really enough time go exploring. But between battling failing internet connections and the frustrations that I keep having with my laptop's lag, it's hard not to wonder how far technology has come. My grandfather is 94 years old now and the most technologically advanced thing that existed when he was born was a train. Now I can fly around the world in a day. Medicine has been on a very similar bout for the future. It's strange how many things you neve...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 12, 2014

How a Heart Breaks

The Trooper was waiting outside tonight as Sam and I pulled up to the address displayed on our glowing screens. A white strobe flashed over his face and we both mumbled our approval--"Ah, it's John. He's a good guy." I hopped from the passenger seat and slung my red bag a...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

January 12, 2014

Kol HaKavod: Putting the Honor Back in the Profession

Last night, I found myself invited to a Shabbat dinner with a family I'd never met before. This is actually not such a rare occurrence since I've been here—Friday night holds a special place in the heart of most people here, and many a stranger has gone out of his way to inv...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

January 7, 2014

New Year, Same Tune

In a hypomanic episode, or after watching Game of Thrones, I decided to call state highway 287 "The Ice Bridge of the North". Out there in the immense wastelands, one is aware of the curvature of the Earth. As I burned rubber through its driftwood towns and frost-burnt praries, ...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

January 5, 2014

Academic Medicine vs Private Practice: Is there a winner?

When I first began to think about a career as a physician, I perceived the profession as two distinct entities: the research side and the clinical side. At that time in my mind, research was the nobler calling because there was still a general sense that many people were going int...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

January 4, 2014

Drawing Blood

For the next month we will be taking hematology and GI-blood and guts! I love it. The semester has only just begun and I've already had another quintessential medical school experience. Yesterday I drew blood for the first time!

We were asked to read instructions beforehan...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

January 2, 2014

Dead Man's Tales

It's hard not to look back over the past year and wonder where all the time went. What ever happened to all the things you said you'd accomplish and how did it feel accomplishing and witnessing the things you did get around to? It's easy to go in day to day and not realize just ho...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 1, 2014

Accepting Feedback

"They want to see you next." I jumped up from the slouched position I had taken in the computer chair to be greeted my classmate at the doorway.

"Thanks. Have a good night!" I responded. As I stood up, I felt my sympathetic nervous system kick into high gear. Why did they ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

December 31, 2013

Good Reads

One thing that kept me motivated during college was reading tons and tons of "narrative medicine" books. I mostly stuck to non-fiction (or slightly embellished non-fiction) about medical school, residency training and patient encounters. I was enthralled by the wonders of medicine...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 31, 2013

The Hardest Lesson I've Learned

I'm excited for 2014. Regardless of what else the year has planned for me, in the next few months I'll (hopefully) match into residency, graduate from medical school, get married, and start my career as a physician in the emergency department. It's enough to make my foot bounce wi...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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