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December 21, 2014

Christmas Desert Depressive Syndrome


When you live in a foreign country and speak the language very poorly at best, people ask you on a daily basis where you are from. Since I spent the first 22 years of my life in Boston, this is my automatic answer to the question, even though I've rarely returned since I left almost 6 years ago. When people ask me why I left Boston for California and then Florida, I say that the city kicked me out because I couldn't handle the cold. Which isn't so far from the truth. Ever since senior year when, out of desperation, my roommate and I turned up the radiator and lay under a full-spectrum light bulb I bought to simulate the sun, I've sought out progress...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

December 20, 2014

Anesthesia Clerkship Primer

I just finished my anesthesia elective clerkship. Not a required rotation, I did this on suggestion of an 'ologist that I met during my OBGYN rotation. I told him I was currently interested in EMED; I wanted to have variety, do procedures, work within a team, and have opp...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

December 19, 2014

Not Quite Black or White

Race is always a tricky issue in medicine. For the most part, race is a social construct. But it is not one without it's biological and subsequent medical implications. For instance, many patients with some form of thalassemia are descended from populations living in Coas...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

December 16, 2014

What's On Your Table?

'Tis the season for holiday joy and time spent around the table with family and friends. What's on your table?

In the Dominican Republic, for example, everything from friend cheese to fried salami is a staple. Fried foods are often complimented by simple carbohydr...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 14, 2014

Does Residency Teach Us to Waste Money?


It is not uncommon to have patients who present with vague symptoms and difficult-to-pin-down diagnoses. We have all heard of the patient who had been seen by doctor after doctor only to have the correct diagnosis made months (perhaps ...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

December 11, 2014

Got Your Flu Shot?

Brace yourselves. Per the CDC, we're about to be hit by a potentially severe season. H3N2 drift variants are on their way, and they're not afraid of this year's flu shot. "Reduced efficacy" are the...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

December 11, 2014

When Patients Know More Than We Do

I've found that re-reading many of the books about medicine I read prior to med school is a completely different experience. This is great because it means I get to spend less money on new books and feel like I'm learning something as I understand more each time I read th...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

December 10, 2014

Medical Education, Learning, and Tech

I recently saw a video on a medical blog that I follow. It is a thought-provoking video that makes us really think hard about the common belief that "technology has vastly improved...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

December 9, 2014

Machines in Medicine: EMRs and the Physician-Patient Relationship

I've now worked with two different electronic medical record (EMR) systems and have a number of thoughts--some good, some not so good. I'll start on a positive note, because these are the more obvious, well-recognized benefits. For one, EMRs allow us to collect data more ...

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

December 8, 2014

Forgive and Remember

When I was out on interviews, a program director suggested that I read Forgive and Remember, a study of surgical training by Charles L. Bosk. Dr. Bosk is a sociologist--something I previously knew nothing about. There was a nice symmetry in my ignorance, for...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

 
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