The Differential
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February 14, 2014

Sadness and Despair

The tear in the priest's eye surprised me. It made sense, I suppose, that such tragedy would affect him like any other, but I guess I just expected more of a stoic response from the man. His voice trembled slightly when he spoke, and I realized that this was the first time the minister had seen a dead child -- at least so soon after the baby's final breath. Seeing this religious leader stumble made me take my own pause, and I began to wonder how I'd handle the sometimes-crushing consequences of fielding the sickest of children as I move forward in my career. I sent a short email before moving on, seeking advice from those who have been there before.

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Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

February 13, 2014

Keeping Medical School Within the Larger Context

Last night, the UCLA Center for World Health held an honorary dinner reception with His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. President Kagame is widely lauded as one of the few African heads of state that have truly improved their country in several areas — the econom...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

February 13, 2014

LICs: A Different Spin on Third Year

Although we have yet to plow through the rest of second year, many of my classmates and I have been talking about our third year of medical school. For many of us, third year is the light at the end of the tunnel of preclinical-year-study-marathons. I'm very much looking forward t...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

February 13, 2014

Ego-Blow

It's never an easy thing to do subpar on an evaluation. It's one thing we all have to learn to cope with through life. At some point or another it will happen. One of my professors called it the Ego-blow, typically characterized by a flattening of affect and a

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

February 12, 2014

Minority Faculty: Isolated and Invisible?

Two weeks ago I had the honor of sitting on a panel for the Minority Association of Premedical Students/Student National Medical Association Region 9 Conference. I sat alongside a physician, soon-to-be physician scientist and another medical student. The topic of our presentation ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

February 5, 2014

Early Clinical Exposure: How Beneficial is it to Students?

In those glorious pre-med days spent learning organic chemistry and submitting secondary applications (okay, maybe “glorious” isn't the best word to use here), I remember dreaming about the days when I would be in medical school, finally able to interact with patients ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

February 1, 2014

Family Medicine's Attractions

The morning had been a mix of hurry-up-and-wait and back-to-back patients. As I picked up the chart outside of my next patient's room, I let out a sigh at the chief complaint: chest pain. I considered the differential for the complaint then knocked on the door.

"Come in," ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

January 31, 2014

How Far Would You Go?

Snow doesn't come to the deep south very often but when it does, hell freezes over. Two days later the forecast will be in the 70s. The

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 28, 2014

Watching Ernie Die

I've seen a lot by now. I don't mean to sound like some tired old hand or overconfident neophyte, but like most medical students nearing the end of our short coat days, I've spent enough time around the sick and dying to not be affected by the too-often parade of sadness, the cons...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

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 Rus...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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