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June 18, 2014

Relaxing After a Marathon

Greetings from beautiful Puerto Rico! I'm here enjoying a much needed and well deserved vacation.

It's hard to believe the Step 1 madness is over. I survived the study marathon and 8-hour exam! My thoughts post-Step1? Standardized exams are so peculiar! Despite all of my preparation, many "high yield" concepts weren't tested. Some questions were easy and others left me guessing (after narrowing down my answer choices). I guess you cannot know everything.

Also, I like to focus on the big picture. I learned enough to do well on Step 1 but I've spent the last two years of my life studying for my patients--not Step 1. I'm just so happy the exam is behind me!</p...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

June 17, 2014

What We Can Learn from the NBA Champions

The San Antonio Spurs won the 2014 NBA championship in dominating fashion earlier this week. A team that has a trio of players that have been successful since the days of the Kobe-Shaq Lakers in the early 2000s, the Spurs are lauded widely as a squad that is disciplined, humble an...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

June 17, 2014

Healthy cynicism - Is there such a thing?

Earlier in the year, I worked with an attending whom, to this day, I can't quite figure out. He was intelligent, an effective teacher, and had a wonderful bedside manner. He also always seemed to know when to dig deeper into a patient's story. At the end of my time with him, ...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

June 12, 2014

A Score Worth Fighting For

The birds come out every morning. They are my alarm clock. I hate them. Especially the one that sounds like a cross between a wood chipper and an old alarm radio buzzer. I hate them not because of any real malice to the avians that mill around my apartment, but because they remind...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

June 12, 2014

Rethinking Hygiene: Soap vs the Microbiome

In my pre-premedical days, much to the surprise of those who know me and my ways of living now, I used to fight a war against bugs. I'm not talking about the cockroach type of bug (of which I am so fearful I made a vow to my future self to never return to Florida or any other plac...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

June 10, 2014

Why bother with the physical exam?

We stood nervously in our blindingly white, short coats wondering what awaited us behind the wooden door. Our course coordinator assigned partners and rooms, then motioned toward the hallway of doors. I walked beside my partner and waited patiently for the cue to enter the room. W...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

June 9, 2014

Tips for 3rd Year

As 3rd year comes to a close, I have been thinking about what advice to pass on to the rising 3rd years. Third year is a lot of fun and a lot of work. Here are a few things that I wish someone had shared with me before the year began:



  • Be on time. It&rsq...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

June 9, 2014

Nearing The Finish Line

Recently, I've been off the grid, so to speak. I've been studying hard for Step 1 and limiting my emails and text messages with the outside world. I don't want to be distracted, especially not by other stressed out medical students.

Since beginning to study, I've mostly be...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 31, 2014

Mental health: Are we ready to talk about this?

This has been a tough week. The recent news about Elliot Rodger is yet another tragedy that highlights the issue of violence and mental health that seems to be a re...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

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 experienc...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

 
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