The Differential
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August 1, 2014

When Your Patient is a Prisoner

A patient presented with imminent end-organ failure. He had been under good care, receiving therapy for his chronic condition, the most recent one being a bridge to transplant. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before his organ would finally give way. His only hope was transplantation. And he would need one soon.

The topic of organ transplantation is a deeply intriguing one, spanning a wide range of disciplines in clinical medicine as well as ethical and social principles. To be honest, as an M3, I don't know the criteria used to evaluate one's candidacy of becoming a qualified transplant recipient. But I do know this: donor organs are a scarc...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

July 30, 2014

A Whirlwind Week

So far, I'm loving my third year! This week I've been on InterACT, and I can already tell that it will be one of my favorite parts of medical school.

On Monday morning, I was with

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

July 29, 2014

Managing Difficult Patients: An Art

When you're a clinical student your whole life feels like it's in a perpetual state of centrifuge. You're a rotator. You round and rotate. Next time someone asks you what you do tell them you do nothing: you're a counter-top Eppendorph spinner and you max out at 30,0000 rpm.

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Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

July 28, 2014

In defense of pain

I can now say that I personally know two people who have walked around with an appendix that had burst. In both cases, they felt the classic pain symptoms of appendicitis. Yet, it was how their pain was interpreted that determined how quickly they got to the hospital.

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Posted By: Annie Chiu  

July 27, 2014

Thoughts from Orientation

It is the eve of my foray into surgery, my first rotation. Step 1 was weeks ago I passed wasn't a derm-ready score but I'll take it. The last fews days has been interesting and tiring.  There's a spring in your step when you don the whitecoat as a third year. It feels like yo...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

July 25, 2014

A Happy Birth Day

"Pediatrics to OR 2," the voice said through the speaker. I was in the newborn nursery practicing my exam skills. The voice pager that hung from my intern's neck instructed her to get to the operating room-stat! An expecting mother was undergoing a C-section and pediatricians need...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

July 24, 2014

Preclinical nostalgia

Third year is an exciting time of transition. Things begin to finally make sense as you see first-hand the manifestations of disorders you've been tested on too many times. Your patients become your professors and replace lecture-style didactics that you've grown accustomed to ove...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

July 22, 2014

Step 1: Failing to Plan, Not Planning to Fail

I spent a long time thinking about USMLE study plans. Twice as long as is recommended, actually, since I did second year over again. I learned about the Penn method, looked at CramFighter (which wins so many points with its check boxes), and finally settled upon having Doctors in ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

July 21, 2014

Reminder

I love to travel. Since starting medical school, I haven’t done much traveling. Both time and money are limited resources. These days, I’ve been really feeling the travel bug. I’ve been daydreaming about packing my bags and embarking on a short adventure som...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

July 20, 2014

Halfway Through My First Rotation

I finished the in-patient portion of my pediatrics rotation yesterday. After three weeks, it felt as though the team really began to flow with one another yet off to another team I go! It's bittersweet since I enjoyed inpatient peds but I'm also looking forward to my next clinical...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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