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September 1, 2014

Bye Bye Boards?

Should board exams be used solely for licensure and not as a major part of determining our residency?

A few weeks ago, Temple University made national news for becoming one of the first big universities to ditch the requirement for applicants to submit, or take, the SATs. With this becoming an increasingly common trend amongst undergraduate programs, it got me wondering about board exams. Are they really the best way to determine our residency placement?  

Board scores were originally meant to be used for licensure and to determine that the graduating student had achieved the level of knowledge and skills to effectively treat patients. The exa...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

August 30, 2014

In Praise of Teachers

A few days ago, in what little time I should have spent studying, I came about some posts on teachers. The first was celebrities thanking their teachers. The second was a mother

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

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;...

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  

 
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