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October 6, 2014

Pursuit of Happiness

My internal medicine rotation is coming to a close. I've worked in a number of teams, each with a unique personality defined by a particular set of interns, residents, and attendings. But no matter what team I was on, I always found myself stumped by the same question: "What do you want to match into?"

I'm sure I'm not the only M3 out there having nightmares about matching into the wrong specialty or, even worse, disliking every rotation that third year of medical school has to offer. Gastroenterology? Vascular surgery? Behind-the-scenes specialties like pathology or radiology? Overwhelmed, I feel like I simply do not have enough time to make an informed d...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

October 5, 2014

“You Can Handle Anything”


A few months ago, I met with a talkative patient who came in for a medication check. She had mentioned casually that she had had some chest pain a few months prior and presented to the ED for an infection that had spread to the lungs. The infection had...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

October 3, 2014

A Date with Dementia

We've all seen it--the sweet and confused person only a hop, skip, and a jump down the chronology of life from ourselves, losing her mind, literally. If you do an MRI of the head in someone with advanced Alzheimer dementia, you'll often find hippocampal and diffuse cortic...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

September 30, 2014

Prison Break

One of my favorite movies is The Shawshank Redemption, a beautifully depressing movie about a man named Andy Dufresne wrongfully jailed for the murder of his wife and her lover. Much of the movie focuses on his inc...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

September 30, 2014

5 Weeks on the Wards: A Series of Reflections


I'm nearing the end of my psychiatry rotation, which is my first rotation in medical school. I have a few useful "take away" points that will color the rest of my time on the wards.

Always know the most about your patients</p...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

September 29, 2014

Outpatient Peds Primer

I just finished my pediatrics rotation, and it was great. I really enjoyed the variety of scenarios I encountered and had a fantastic set of teachers. It was a pleasure to go to work every day and be a part (albeit small) of helping guide kids and their parents towards op...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

September 29, 2014

The "Pocket Guide" to Third Year


The third year of medical school has been an exciting transition. Getting out of the lecture hall, finally getting to see patients, and beginning to assist in actual medical procedures has made Step 1 and everything before it seem like a distant, desk-bound...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

September 29, 2014

The Stories We Don’t Tell Each Other


Although working in the pediatric emergency room is a great learning experience, it can also be one of the most depressing places in the hospital. In addition to the organic causes of illness, the ugly consequences of neglect and abuse...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

September 28, 2014

Mental Health and Physicians

Since starting psychiatry last week, life has been calmer. Not only do I have better hours than I did on OB/GYN, but the material is somewhat more familiar to me. On OB/GYN, I learned things to which I've never been exposed (eg, active versus latent labor, cervical dilati...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 25, 2014

Patient Choices vs Physician Advice

A relatively young patient is admitted with invasive, nonresectable carcinoma. He has two options: 1) chemo and radiation or 2) palliative care. Effort is made to ensure the patient is extensively counseled on benefits and risks of initiating or withholding treatment. For...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

 
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