The Differential
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August 26, 2014

The Time for CPR is Coming

Several days ago, I observed a code for the first time. One resident performed chest compressions. A nurse jotted down the time of epinephrine injections. Another physician called out the shots and repeatedly asked for elapsed time. No one panicked. Everyone was tuned in; everyone knew exactly what to do and how to go about doing it. I, along with two others in short white coats, stood in the back and took it all in from a distance.

Observing this controlled chaos got me thinking. From one medical student to another, do you ever think about what you would do if someone collapsed right in front of you? Let's say you are out and about, enjoying the sun,...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

August 25, 2014

My First Delivery

Day 1 of Labor and Delivery...oh, what a day! I have been waiting for this part of the OB/GYN rotation for a long time. I could not wait to see a baby be delivered! I had seen (from afar) part of a c-section while on my pediatrics...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

August 25, 2014

Practical Pearls of Wisdom

These past few weeks, I have been feeling especially lucky. I was assigned to a great team. For the majority of the time, I worked alongside a friendly med student, a smart and kind resident, and a down-to-earth attending who took the time to teach.

Even outs...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

August 22, 2014

Stress: The Great Foe of the Third Year

Every two weeks, third-year students at UCLA have a day off from rotations where we attend a course called Systems-Based Healthcare. Part of the course is focused on dealing with stressful situations in and out of the hospital. Stress was never something I considered to h...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

August 22, 2014

One Code, Two Code, Red Code, Blue Code


It's been an interesting summer to live in the Middle East. I began studying for the Step 1 in the middle of June and was largely trying to ignore everything except Doctors in Training, until the escalation reached my city. The first time the Code Red went ...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

August 22, 2014

The Rituals of Medicine

The townspeople gathered, awaiting the arrival of the chief priests and the accused. Justice would be meted out today for crimes against the gods. The accused is brought to midst of the council to make atonement for for his sins. A scribe calls out the charges, and the cl...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

August 21, 2014

Advice to Your M1-Day-1 Self

One of my favorite nonmedical Podcasts to listen to is “London Real." It’s an eclectic mix of topics ranging from world history to economics and nutrition. The guests are great, and I get to hear about things I would never have come across otherwise. At the en...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

August 18, 2014

Hope

"There is something you can learn from every patient."

What my attending meant by this seemed obvious to me: Every patient is different. A disorder can present in slightly different ways depending on their medical history. So, of course, every patient represents a...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

August 18, 2014

Living Through the Hospital

Every bed in this hospital is full and, as a result, our newly admitted charges are flowing retrograde through back alley anastomoses down into the belly of the ER. And from that overloaded vasculature, sick patients are being extravasated back into the streets. It's CHF:...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

August 17, 2014

Faking It


“Listen to the patient.”


Hear their story.”


“Don’t be cynical.”


I always foun...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

 
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