The Differential
Blog Address: http://blogs.medscape.com/thedifferential
February 8, 2015

Behind the Scenes

How often do you think about what happens between the time your patient's blood is drawn and when your EMR shows you the results? Before spending these past two weeks in "the lab" working with the pathologist I thought nothing of it: The doctor orders routine labs to be done, and magically they appear at 0600 everyday, like clockwork. When these labs don't show up on time, some docs can get frustrated, and its understandable when most haven't experienced the inner workings of what happens to patient samples after they are taken from the patient.

In the hospital I am rotating, many of the labs are run by technicians, each a master of their specific test. In...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

February 8, 2015

Being Certain in an Uncertain World

When I began my journey into medicine, I believed that it was a field dominated by hard science and irrefutable facts.  Decisions in the hospital were made based upon 100% truths; knowledge that was gained through rigorous studies that will stand the test of time. Ho...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

February 3, 2015

A Life of Torture

Unfortunately, I've developed a serious interest in general surgery. I'd been on the fence about it for several reasons--the biggest one, of course, being burn-out--until I began my 2-month rotation. It's widely viewed as one of the most unforgiving specialties out there,...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

February 1, 2015

Being Brave in Medical School


What's been interesting about fourth year so far is how similar and dissimilar it's been to third year. At first, one wonders why any distinction is needed between the third and fourth year. Technically, we are doing some of the same rotat...

Posted By: Stephanie Tardieu  

February 1, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Good Doctor

It's been a while since my last post. I've been working on a few. but you know how things get. Anyway, most recently I've been on my psych clerkship. I know I'm probably not going into psychiatry. It's interesting and fun, but I like battles I can win. Schizophernia, OCD,...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 30, 2015

The Old Man

Every day on our walk to lunch my surgery preceptor would always say hello to this older gentleman who always seemed to be sitting at the same table. He was a gray haired man of average height, with a bit of a belly, who seemed to enjoy kakis and Hawaiian shirts. He alway...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

January 30, 2015

The Benefits of Facing Different Challenges

A medical school admission committee once asked me "what I could do to excel in medical school." My answer, though seemed generic at the time, was "continuing to learn, to actively seek out challenges, and to engage different work environments so when similar situation ar...

Posted By: Jimmy Tam Huy Pham  

January 29, 2015

More Than the Medicine

The first week of every new rotation is always a challenge for me. I feel a mixture of anxiety and excitement. I can't wait to see new patients, gain new clinical knowledge. and practice my skills. This eagerness is always balanced out with an acute awareness of how much ...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

January 25, 2015

Old Disease, Modern Problem

In medical school, we are taught to value patient autonomy. This means, for example, providing patients with information about their health, empowering them to make their own decision. In fact, it is our duty as soon-to-be physicians to not coerce or force patients into a...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

January 22, 2015

When You Know, You Know

This past Monday was a holiday. Clinics closed and no operative cases listed in the OR manager. I expected to get home relatively early--before lunch time at least--with time to spare. My messy apartment could use some of that time. Dirty laundry needed collecting, over-u...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

 
« previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 next »
About This Blog

Medical school and residency can be a stressful, demanding time. These medical students share their insights and experiences, good and bad, in order to create a community of support and understanding for medical students everywhere.

Contact the Webmaster
Poll: Are you still in contact with your roommates from 1st year? Yes, they're right next to me.|Yes, but we don't room together anymore|No, we didn't get along|I didn't have a roommate|

  • Alina Khurgel
  • Kolin Meehan
  • Neil C. Bhavsar

    Medical Student 
    New Jersey Medical School

  • Rick Tumminello

    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Sung Woo Koh

    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

  • Heather Kagan

    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    www.heatherkagan.com

  • Stephanie Nguyen

    Temple University School of Medicine

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson

    O&Med School of Medicine|Havard Developed Pilot Program

     

 
 


 
All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2017 by WebMD LLC. This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.