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March 30, 2015

The Tattooed Medical Student


“Excuse me, may I talk with you for a moment…alone?” a female patient in her mid-30s tapped on my shoulder as I was exiting the room.


Why does she want to speak with me? Did I say something wrong?


“The other medical student with you…” she gestured towards another student who was with me that day, “Can you not have her come in the room later? I don’t want my kids to see the tattoos on her arms.”



“So that was why the patient wanted to speak w...

Posted By: Jimmy Tam Huy Pham  

March 28, 2015

Latinos in Medicine

This weekend, I attended the National Hispanic Medical Association annual conference in Washington, DC. I attended as part of a leadership/mentorship program for medical students. Similar to other minority health conferences, workshops and sessions focus on ways to advanc...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

March 27, 2015

What Are We Treating?

According to the 2011 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH), the prevalence of ADHD (parent reported) in children 4-17 years old was 11%. This statistic has increased by 42% since 2003, making ADHD one of the most common childhood disorders. It is diagnosed based of...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

March 26, 2015

More Applicants: Are You Worried?

The mouth-watering numbers are in. A total of 26,252 US allopathic seniors saw their dreams co...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

March 23, 2015

Neurology, Here I Come!


Match Day has come and gone, and I am thrilled to announce that I will be starting my preliminary year in internal medicine in New York City this July. After my preliminary year, I will begin my training in neurology in Portland, Orego...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

March 23, 2015

Photo of Emotional ER Doc Goes Viral

Last week, this photograph of an ER physician in California hit the Internet and instantly went viral on various social media networks. The picture was taken after the physician lost a 19-year-old patient in his ED. After which, he went outside and was photograp...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

March 23, 2015

Match Day

Last Friday was Match Day! It is perhaps one of the most exciting (and nerve-wracking) days in a young, very-soon-to-be physician's career. It is the day all senior medical students learn where they will be going for residency training.

I attended

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

March 20, 2015

The Pediatra Virus

Are you a medical student? Do you have a runny nose? Are you suffering from a sore throat? Is one of your eyes purulent or red? Do you have coughing, itching, and/or sneezing? If you have any or all of these symptoms, then you must be suffering from a pediatric rotation.<...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

March 20, 2015

Grief After Losing A Patient

Recently, a picture of a young doctor kneeling down, appearing to cry on a sidewalk has gone viral on social media after it was posted by a close friend, an E...

Posted By: Jimmy Tam Huy Pham  

March 17, 2015

How Long Should It Take to Become a Physician?

I recently came across an article titled "Should It Really Take 14 Years to Become a Doctor?" It was about the current educa...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

 
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