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January 26, 2014

The Crash

My favorite call ever was a drowning. It was getting late one summer evening when I pulled into my parents' driveway. I had been gone all day serving the "Needs of the Navy," and was eager to collapse into bed. I trudged up the stairs, shed my khaki uniform, and shoved my Jack Russell Terrorist off of the pillow she had taken hostage. My pager clipped into its charger and I climbed under the sheets. No sooner had I closed my eyes when the plastic taskmaster shouted its emergency.

I was closer to the address than to the firehouse, so I drove directly to the scene. Over the radio I ordered the ambulance to respond with just its firefighter driver, Matt. We arrived si...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

January 26, 2014

A Journey of Ten Thousand Words

The other day I was taking a pilates class, which is a completely justified break from studying nephrology since it counts as multitasking: I get a workout and, since it's in Hebrew, I'm still studying. Since I'm still only 6 months into my Hebrew knowledge, a lot of strategy usua...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

January 23, 2014

Itís Easier to Walk Away -- But It Doesnít Mean We Should

She was slouched over her knees, head slumped, with drool falling from her gaping mouth. I actually hadn’t noticed her when I first walked by. Perchance I had stopped to chat with a classmate who pointed her out as we were departing. I don’t know her name — I&rsq...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

January 23, 2014

Health Disparities Among Physicians

According to a recent Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, disparities exist in physicians' lifestyles depending on which field they pursue. 30% of all physicians are overweight (except dermato...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

January 22, 2014

Compassion Deferred in the ICU

Outside a patient's room I was shifting the weight of myself from foot to foot.  It seems bizarre, or that I may have seemed bizarre, squinting to block out the commotion as I stood there poring over words on a computer screen.  Looking back on those four minutes -- the ...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

January 21, 2014

Growing Into a Doctor

I slowly but surely feel myself turning into a doctor. There has not been one defining moment where I've said "okay, I'm getting the hang of this." However, there have been checkpoints along the way that have demonstrated my growth.

It's hard to believe that just one year ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

January 18, 2014

Is there a Doctor in the House?

I've often said I don't want to do outpatient work because to me it feels like a lot of sitting around. Do not misunderstand me. I'm not calling private practice docs lazy. I've never met a lazy one and if there is they probably won't last very long. It's just that being in the ho...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 16, 2014

Changing Course: How I Got Here

My stomach twisted when the dispatcher read the address over the radio. Unfortunately, in my tiny hometown, I was the only EMT around -- so we drove fast. Diesels roared, sirens screamed, and within minutes the ambulance pulled up the driveway of my home. I found my mother on the ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

January 13, 2014

What Does Your Specialty say about You?

I'm on my second core rotation and having just started clerkship, I'm sort of still learning the ropes. Besides the charting and the dictating and learning to stay out of the way while doing all of these things, I'm also learning that each specialty carries with it preconceived ...

Posted By: Zoyah Thawer  

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...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

 
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