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March 21, 2014

I Matched!

Today is Match Day. It started, unsurprisingly, just as Monday’s preview had. I awoke long before I’d planned for, the red numbers of my alarm clock burning through the dark room just as they always do. The dog growled at my early rise, annoyed by the disturbance of her steady stolen bed spot. I glanced at my phone, briefly hoping that another failed coding experiment had sent the results a few hours early. I wanted — I needed — to know what my future held.

Unlike most medical schools, PCOM has no scheduled Match Day festivities. With half of the class already matched into Osteopathic residencies and a large Military Match contingent, it&rsq...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

March 21, 2014

Match Day 2014!

I just got back from Match Day -- the day when senior medical students find out where they will complete their residencies! Though I am not matching for another two years, I went to support my fourth-year...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

March 20, 2014

March 18, 2014

My Match Week

I had trouble falling asleep Sunday night. It was like Christmas Eve all over again, if there's the possibility that Santa can bring with him a week's worth of scrambling and the undeniable disappointment of not matching to a residency program. After finally drifting off to sleep,...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

March 16, 2014

Why are doctors resistant to change?

Anyone who spends enough time with practicing clinicians can tell you that physicians generally are not fond of outsiders who try to regulate or influence their practice of medicine. An example is the sometimes controversial guidelines published by the United States Prevent...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

March 15, 2014

The Waiting Room

I decided to take a study break and watch Netflix. I came across a documentary called The Waiting Room. The film chronicles what it is like to be a patient and health care provider ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

March 14, 2014

Is Standardized Testing Fair?

I was lucky enough to graduate from a specialized public high school. The Bronx High School of Science is one of the best high schools in the nation and is known for its strong science and math curriculum. As a student at "Science" (as we called it), I had access to resources that...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

March 11, 2014

The Poetry of Medicine

It is said that the poem a is work so delicate that neither hand nor heart nor mind alone can wholly fathom it. In a lot of ways I think medicine can be the same. Doctors think often in algorithmic ways similar to how a poet writes in set meter and rhyme. A poem has the power to ...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

March 9, 2014

Hospice: the Opposite of Healing?

I’ve recently had the privilege to work with and learn from people providing hospice care in the Albany area as part of a requirement for my medicine rotation. Hospice services are largely restricted to patients who have a prognosis of six months or less. During the wee...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

March 9, 2014

Buying a House for Residency

Jess and I began the house buying process the day after she matched into her residency program last year. The 45-minute commute from our New Jersey accommodations didn't align well with her OB/GYN residency in Pennsylvania, so we searched in earnest for a new place to call home --...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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