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April 14, 2014

Getting Past the Angst

I've had experience interviewing adolescents before. I worked at the Adolescent Health Center for most of a semester in my first year of medical school. But this was the first time I would interview an adolescent patient alone, and perform the physical exam. I was a bit nervous.

I walked into the room to find a tall, thin, young woman lying nearly supine, bundled in hospital bed sheets. Her father sat in the green, rubbery chair beside her bed. The girl's pale face nearly blended into the bed sheets that enveloped her. I introduced myself and asked for her name. Veronica.

At first I thought the interview would not go well given Veronica's attitude and refle...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 13, 2014

The Dissonance of Emergency Medicine

Martha came in by ambulance, her daughter trailing behind as the medics wheeled the stretcher into Room 8. Nurses converged, deftly maneuvering to place IVs and assess vital signs. Technicians swiftly applied the ten stickers that would pain a perfect picture of Martha's heart. At...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 13, 2014

Making mistakes

In school, we had a day-long discussion about the physician’s role in quality improvement and patient safety. The discussion began with an uncomfortable topic, making mistakes. Let’s get one thing out of the way: we are human and mistakes are inevitable. As medica...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 13, 2014

Playing doctor... with real patients

With a white coat and a smile, I can walk into any patient room and expect the patient to consent to a physical exam that actually benefits myself more than the patient. Although patients are perfectly within their rights to decline, I have yet to come across one bold enough to r...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

April 11, 2014

Buddy Bolden's Curse

Yesterday marked the last day of a swing rhythm workshop I've been teaching. The course is mostly focused on dance but occasionally I delve into bits of music history. Jazz was especially key to the development of swing dance and modern music across the world. As a style, it speak...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

April 8, 2014

Big Fat Lies?

I've opened several drafts of potential posts with lines about my love for peanut butter. Those who know me are not surprised. Usually these drafts get deleted because I realize it's not something most Medscape students want to read about (although the connection between

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

April 7, 2014

I'd Rather Have Malaria

I hate the flu. The constant teary eyes and sniffling, choking on the runny nose. Still the worst of it all is the constant sneezing. It feels like my trunk is being ripped apart at the joints. Constant aches and submigraine headache are just icing on a very disgusting cake. A wee...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

April 6, 2014

What We Think When Confronted with Death

In medicine, it is understood that we will have to deal with death. As a medical student, we are exposed to the many stages of disease - from diagnosis to the patient’s passing. It was only recently that I witnessed a patient coming to terms with his mortality. It was n...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 6, 2014

Being Different, Changing the World

Another student recently told me of his experience working with a young autistic boy while on his psychiatry rotation. Noah had been brought to the inpatient facility because of "cutting" episodes, and as part of the standard course he was asked to draw a picture of himself and hi...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 5, 2014

4260 hours and counting

After one and a half years of classroom lectures, it's finally here. Second year of medical school is coming to a close. It's about time.

I did some math. Well, sort of. 17 months at my medical school roughly translates into 1420 hours of classroom lectures, an unknown num...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

 
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