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May 31, 2014

Life and Death in the Most Dangerous Part of the World

Growing up in America, the only thing I ever really knew about the Middle East was that it was a dangerous place. News stories about this area of the world highlighted bombings, explosions, and general tension. Having lived here for a year now, I thankfully haven’t experienced any of this and can honestly say that Beer-Sheva is the safest place I’ve ever lived in my entire life and nothing like its portrayal in the American media. However, reminders of the dangers that this region has known are everywhere. Signs to protected areas are always within view. Heck, even my bedroom is a bomb shelter (although I use the protective metal shield mostly as blackout curta...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

May 30, 2014

Sticking with Step 1 Studying

Time dedicated to Step 1 studying is precious. Unlike the school year, there isn't any room for procrastination or really lazy study days. You have to study hard as you're given one shot to pass (and do well) on Step 1. Yet medical students do not live in a vacuum. Life g...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 26, 2014

Silence in Search of a Voice

It's something that happens every so often. Laryngitis, losing your voice because of inflammation. I'm a shower/everywhere-but-youtube singer so it's a real hassle when it occurs. The singer Adele famously had to get

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

May 25, 2014

Is Medicine Harder for Women?

With all the recent talk in our national news about equal pay for women, I have been thinking about women in the medicine. Throughout the year, the topic of being a women in medicine has been broached by students, residents, and attendings of both genders. Some have told us t...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

May 20, 2014

The End of Medical School

It seems like yesterday that I put my short white coat on for the first time. For four years I've studied, planned, and anticipated, eagerly awaiting my graduation from medical school. And it's finally come.

I've finished medical school. Over the next few days I'll graduat...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

May 20, 2014

Resuscitation

Not ten minutes after performing chest compressions and watching a patient die for the first time I was scrubbing in with Dr. S in OR-1 for a routine laparoscopic appendectomy. Now I am blue and sterile there, gently cradling the camera with the gloved hand, minding the horizon, b...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

May 20, 2014

See one, try one, fail one.

"Use the scissor technique to open his mouth," he said.

"I'm trying."

"Tell me what you see."

"Nothing. Maybe the pharynx?"

"Do you see the epiglottis?"

"No?"

This is when the anesthesia resident finally st...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

May 19, 2014

Family Doctor Day

Today is World Family Doctor Day...woo hoo! Though I have not yet completely settled on a specialty, I'm leaning mostly towards family medicine. That's right, baby...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 18, 2014

How I kept motivated when studying for Step 1

As the 2nd years are gearing up for Step 1, I wanted to share some advice on how I got through that period. While I think study tips can be useful, everyone studies differently and by now, hopefully you’ve found a strategy that works for you. (If you’d still like ...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

May 18, 2014

The End of Skipping Lecture?

My last lecture of second year is in 20 days. While I have gone to great lengths to remain a second year medical student forever, I'm finally nearing the time when I feel ready to move on to the wards from the lecture hall. So it was fitting that this week I read an article about ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

 
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