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February 15, 2014

Learn From My Mistake

An Emergency Department nurse erupted into the room and very calmly, very politely asked me if I wanted to give the patient Ativan. I was staring at the seizing woman in the bed and my feet weren't moving, so I robotically rotated my hips and thorax 135° away from the bed and towards the door. The words that came out surprised me: I'm not a phys-phys-physician. The nurse rolled his eyes and went to go find a real doctor. I heard him call out, Real doctor? Hi is anyone here a real doctor? I need a real doctor over here. 

Needless to say, when I went home at 10 am the next morning I was exhausted and sad, but I still looked up seizur...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

February 14, 2014

It's All in Your Frame of Mind

Earlier today, I decided to cut through a long shopping center parking lot to avoid a traffic jam. I stopped at the end of a long row of parked cars, noted that it was clear, then proceeded to turn right. At that exact moment, a woman going in the opposite direction tried turning ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

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 min...

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  

 
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