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May 3, 2015

Decision Fatigue

This past weekend, I caught up on all the stuff I missed from Healthcare Triage. I've mentioned it a few times, but it's pretty useful. Aaron Caroll, the star/head writer is a pediatrican and health economist/policy reasearcher who discusses various topics in medicine. One of his recent episodes was on physician prescribing habits and the time of day. The basic finding of the study he discussed was that physicians were more likely to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics closer to lunch time and the at the end of the work day.&nbsp...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

May 3, 2015

Internet Overload

We live in an age where information is literally at our fingertips. I remember being in elementary school and having to lug my grandmother's encyclopedia off the shelf in order to prepare a report. Now I just say "Okay, Google," to my phone and I can literally ask the int...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

May 1, 2015

Then and Now

We all know specialists earn more than their primary care counterparts. According to a recent compensation report, it's almost $100 000 more on average. This matters. Like ma...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

April 28, 2015

Twitter Makes You a Better Physician

You're probably already on Twitter if you were born in the same generation as I was. So I won't try and convince you of the general positives of Twitter or why it's "better" than other social media platforms.  What I will try and convince you of, however, is that by ...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

April 27, 2015

Should Clinical Exposure Start Early?


I serve on the interviewing panel at my school; recently, I have had the privilege to interview a few candidates for the incoming class. During the last interview, a candidate asked me if a patient would be assigned to him to follow during the years. I was ...

Posted By: Jimmy Tam Huy Pham  

April 24, 2015

Research Frustrations

A few weeks ago, Annie lamented the "necessity" of doing research as a medical student. I have yet to formulate a cohesive opinion one way or the other, but I can see where she's coming from. I've been working on a research p...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

April 22, 2015

Bounce Back

"Alright Mr. [Anyman], we were able to clear up your [COPD; CHF; Diabetes; other acute medical] exacerbation. You will be discharged home today and should follow-up in 2 weeks to go over your [medication, lifestyle changes, wound care]. Do you know what you need to do...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

April 22, 2015

Confidence Gap Between Men and Women in Medical School


We all know classmates who are extremely competent and simultaneously self-doubting. Is this self-doubt harmful? Does it occur in certain groups of people more than others? A ...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 22, 2015

"Horses Before Zebras”


During our "Learning to Teach" course, we were asked to brainstorm some clinical pearls that had been passed down to us by senior medical students, residents, and attendings. “These pearls and the ones you’ve discovered are...

Posted By: Annie Chiu  

April 20, 2015

MedWAR: It Hurts So Good

Right now, every joint in my body keeps asking why I thought it was a good idea to join a bunch of other adrenaline junkies and yahoos to go galavanting through the forest. This past Saturday, some of my classmates and I did a wilderness adventure race called

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

 
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