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April 30, 2014

Signs You May Soon Be Taking USMLE Step 1

Step 1 season is in full force. Well, with medical students taking the test as soon as February, it's actually been going for a while now. But as I am actually registering for it as I write this blog post, the test's approach is suddenly feeling a little more real. 

Going through the process has a feel of officialness to it, like it's a right of passage for our current stage of training. Moreso than the MCAT it seems, the preparation materials and strategies seem a little more uniform. Here, in celebration of today being the day that I received my scheduling permit, are some of the tell-tale signs that you, or someone nearby you, may be preparing for the USMLE...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

April 27, 2014

What I Didn't Learn in Medical School

There comes a moment when we're forced to step beyond the things we know. It's often an instant that passes without much notice, but marks the adjustment from the safety of recollection to the insecurity of the unknown. Each time we venture beyond our familiar borders, though, we ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 27, 2014

Science, Medicine and the Nature of Humanity

A few weeks ago a friend sent me the trailer for an upcoming movie called Lucy; starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, the movie is interesting for a few reasons. Simply, the premise of the flim is crap. Humans nee...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

April 26, 2014

Premed mentality in med school

There is an enduring and unflattering stereotype of a premed student: over-achieving, competitive, and insincere. They stay after class and haggle the instructor for extra points. Some horde leadership positions but do little for the organization. Is this an overstatement? I ...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 25, 2014

Get Sterilized, Get $300

As physicians (and medical students) we are held to higher moral standards than others in society. That is an unarguable fact. People we've met just moments ago are often prepared to tell us their deepest, darkest secrets if it will help us provide them with better medical care. O...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 22, 2014

Just Keep Writing

Tonight, The Rossi (a medical education newsletter I edit) hosted a physician-writer panel. The panel was the first of what we hope to be an annual event for students to learn about ba...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 21, 2014

Final Posts

When my acceptance to medical school came, I knew that the first two years would be my biggest trial. Piles of books, reams of notes, and hours of lecture have never been a strong suit of mine, and I worried that the pre-clinical years would be too difficult -- that I wouldn't be ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

April 21, 2014

My First Time Receiving Reiki

A few days ago, I was lying on a couch with my eyes closed in a dark apartment in Jerusalem. The only things I could hear were my own breath and my stomach grumbling. The only things I felt were the light touch of a family friend's hands on my head, and, I thought, a weird feeling...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

April 20, 2014

Understanding Patients' Motivations

I had the opportunity to observe a clinical encounter with a prisoner. He had presented to the hospital with acute renal failure without a clear etiology at the time. Most of the clinical encounter was spent with him being very agitated about how he was “starving.&rdquo...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 20, 2014

Should Medical Schools Teach to the Boards?

Last week, we finished our last official exam of the pre-clinical years. Technically, I should have a mastery over nearly 80% of the material that will be presented on the USMLE Step 1 examination, which I'll be taking in early June. However, it doesn't feel like this is the case ...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

 
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