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April 19, 2015

Keeping Up With New Information

Part of becoming a physician involves being a lifelong student. No matter what point in your career you find yourself, there will always be new evidence, updated guidelines, and novel discoveries. Because we want to be the best healthcare provider we can be, it is incumbent on us to keep up with the "latest and greatest." However, this is a difficult task. There are hundreds upon hundreds of journals and websites that put out information at almost light speed.

As a student, even while we are trying to prepare ourselves by mainly reading textbooks and picking up on our craft while rotating, reading original research is both an important habit and a "skill."...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

April 13, 2015

Keep Your Hobby!


I could hear the familiar notes of “Für Elise” resonating from the music room as I was exiting the recreational center on campus. In contrast to the library, where everyone is likely busy studying for the ‘home stretch’ or e...

Posted By: Jimmy Tam Huy Pham  

April 13, 2015

Surgery Versus Medicine

If medicine were the military, surgeons would be the Navy SEALs. They start their day in the wee hours of the morning. They stand in the OR all day, forgoing water, food and bathroom breaks. They remain at the hospital until late at night. They are warriors.

One w...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 12, 2015

Should Research Be a Requirement?


Regardless of whether we like research, we can all agree that research experience is stressed in our medical education. While some medical schools value research experience more than others, I’ve found that residency programs mor...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 11, 2015

"Right to Try" Laws

What would you do if you had a terminal illness, had tried just about everything available to you, and had no remianing treatment options? What if you found a promising new medication, but could not get into the clinical trial? What would you do?

This is a difficu...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

April 11, 2015

Play the Game

It's that time of year. For the fourth years, the match is complete and its time to relax (for the time being), knowing that you have a residency to go to. For third years, the stress has really just begun. Not only are we finishing up our third-year rotations, we are als...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

April 7, 2015

Addressing Disgruntled Family

She was a family member of a patient with chronic pain and depression. The two conditions are often found together, and appropriate management of pain is crucial in curbing suicidal ideation. The history o...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

April 2, 2015

Rule Number Six

We get a lot of advice in the classroom and hallways during our years in medical school. It is important that we remember all of the "clinical pearls" we are given from wise, older physicians. They are, in fact, the secrets which they have currated over many years practic...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

April 1, 2015

What I Don't Want to Do

Between running around finding charts and tracking 'lytes and making sure orders are in place you start wondering if you really care about this specialty. As a med a med student, of course you care about doing a good job on the rotation. After all, the residents' opi...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

March 30, 2015

Learning to Teach


As part of our curriculum, one of our mandatory rotations during our 4th year is a course dedicated to teaching us how to teach others. The word “doctor," after all, comes from the Latin verb "docēre," meaning “to teac...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

 
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