The Differential
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September 6, 2014

More Than I'll Ever Know

It happens all too often: You go into a patient's room, and one of them calls you doctor. I'm not gonna lie, it feels good. They think I'm capable enough to be a useful part of their care. Then, the fear kicks in. Most importantly because I'm not a doctor. I don't know enough to care for someone. I barely take care of my self as it is! These thoughts  take less than a second, and because they are well practiced by now, my pride-to-fear time is down to 3.5 nanoseconds. At 3.6 nanos, I'm making the now patent-pending "I'm just a medical student, I don't know enough to have an opinion" speech. 

It's a scary thought, that I will one day be someone's ...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

September 5, 2014

My First Encounter with a Doctor-Shopper

Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in the U.S. One way in which this manifests itself is doctor-shopping: the act of requesting care from multiple physicians with the goal of maximizing prescriptions for certain medications. Doctor-shopping is actually

Posted By: Felix Lee  

September 4, 2014

Every Patient Needs a Doctor


We've just completed our one-week introduction to the wards. Many important questions about third year have been answered (How are we graded? What are our responsibilities? Where do we put our stuff?) but some are still lingering (should I use Firecracker?)...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

September 1, 2014

When a Patient Doesn’t Like You


I’ll be honest with you: I care whether a patient likes me or not. I’d prefer them to like me, but if I can’t get that, then their feeling neutral about me is pretty good too. What I’d really like to avoid is th...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

September 1, 2014

Abortions: A Constitutional Right and Contentious Topic

Dr. Tiller was just one of 5 late-pregnancy abortion providers in the country. He provided third trimester abortion services to women for over 30 years. In 2009, he was assassinated while at church one Sunday.

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Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 1, 2014

Third Year in Review

Third year is done, man. I know it doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but in The Annals of Medical Legend Vol. 1, it says right here that getting through the third year is supposed to be some kind of milestone. So I'm gonna run with that.

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Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

September 1, 2014

We Are Magicians

Does it matter what we say about patients when they aren’t around or can’t hear us? We learn for years in medical school how to be humanistic, yet when we are doctors one day, will we continue with this ethos? When we are frustrated by what we perceive to be p...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

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, t...

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  

 
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