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November 2, 2014

Business as Usual

Medical school can be exhausting. We spend two years sitting in class and two years rotating through hospitals. Countless hours are spent on reading, clicking through question banks, and presenting patients. Being drained physically, however, should be tolerable to a student with years of schooling and test prepping. What drains the life out of me is taking care of a child whose chief complaint is "nonaccidental trauma."

Last week, I dragged my feet into a patient room while shaking away Tuesday morning grogginess. A cursory inspection revealed a pediatric patient not too different from others in the same age group. She shied away from eye contact. She gav...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

November 2, 2014

A Day With the Dietician


As part of our ambulatory rotation, we spend time with nonphysician healthcare providers. Last week, I spent an afternoon with the clinic's dietician. The experience was enjoyable for several reasons. I'm generally interested in nutrition and a st...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

November 1, 2014

What Is Your Doctor Eating?


The other day, over a bowl of oatmeal that has rapidly become dinner of choice (just add peanut butter), I read an article that my friend had sent me. Written by psychiatrist-turned-author Rivka Galchen, the recent New Yorker article entitled “

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

October 29, 2014

A Word About Ebola

The Ebola epidemic is one of the most important public health occurrences of our generation. Many of us were not alive during the early onset of the AIDS epidemic; however, several articles are making comparisons between the two. As we are seeing with the media propagatio...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

October 29, 2014

Music and Medicine

Tattoos fascinate me. I've toyed with the idea the of getting one for a long time. I've even designed a few. Most of the designs are things related to music and medicine. They never quite look as good as I would like. About a month ago, my brother sent me a picture that c...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

October 28, 2014

Our Faces Say More Than Our Words


This blog has discussed bias and how it has the potential to affect patient care, learning, or a even a fair work environment. Regardless of whether it is someone else’s bias (patients who don’t li...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

October 28, 2014

OBGYN Clerkship Primer

I just finished up my OBGYN clerkship. My first thought about this rotation is how different it was from the previous ones (for me that includes Family, Peds, Pulmonary). If you have not yet had a surgical rotation, this will be a great intro to the field.  A unique ...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

October 26, 2014

A Paternalistic Mistake

I had time to review her chart before meeting her. The adolescent girl was at our clinic for concern about contracting an STI. She had unusual vaginal discharge and had been treated numerous times for chlamydia and gonorrhea in the past. She just wanted to get tested and ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

October 26, 2014

Direct Primary Care

At the 2014 FMEC conference, I received a much-needed invigorating dose of inspiration about this nation's health care system. As a student with a public health background and interest in primary care, it is easy for me to highlight what is wrong with our current system o...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

October 22, 2014

When Patients Don't Like Students


A pink sticky note was my first introduction to the fact that my education was going to be a bit complicated. It said: “No Students. :)” It was the beginning of my preceptorship, in which I'd be spending one afternoon a week with a local doctor....

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

 
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