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June 22, 2015

No Longer a Third Year

Life as a third year is chaotic at times, stressful for the most part, and a bit like jumping into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim. Yet we are given a pair of "floaties" to wear on our arms to prevent us from drowning... and there are lifeguards all around to help save us when in need. In the 4th year, while the lifeguards remain, the floatation devices are removed. Everyone is waiting to see if we can stay afloat and swim or if we will sink.  

Third year is a bit of shock to the system. We go from the familiar classroom to the clinic. This can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially for those of us that never had significant c...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

June 17, 2015

The Spirit Catches You

I'm only just getting over jetlag. I haven't really been active on the blog recently because I've been in Cambodia. I was on a service trip through a program with the medical school called Mercer on Mission. I will probably share some...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

June 15, 2015

Four Health Care Systems

I recently started reading The Healing of America by Washington Post reporter T.R. Reid. The boo...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

June 14, 2015

What's Your Differential?

Are you ready doc... here is your admission.

A 19-year-old patient comes into the ER with a past medical history of multiple bouts of tonsillitis post-tonsillectomy 3 weeks ago. She is now complaining of a painful erythematous papular nodular type rash on her palm...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

June 10, 2015

A Small Town Doc

My preceptor is a family physician. He serves in a rural community that has a population of several thousand. He went to medical school elsewhere and completed his residency in a different state, but he came back to this small town where he was born and raised--a place he...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

June 9, 2015

Dealing With Patient Death

I went into medicine to help patients; this is propbably true for 99% of us. It's a rewarding feeling to take part in the process that helps an unwell patient gain back their strength, health, and well being. Working together with providers and patients is a unique team e...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

June 9, 2015

How Do You Choose Your Specialty?

A friend of mine, who is starting her first clinical rotation asks me the other day, "How did you choose which specialty you want to go into?" How exactly did I pick the specialty I wanted to pursue? Truthfully, I had no clue which type of physician I wanted to become. I ...

Posted By: Jimmy Tam Huy Pham  

June 8, 2015

Fast-Casual Food

I frequent the Chipotle in my neighborhood. Not because it is the hip thing to do, but merely because it is a fast and affordable option in which, unlike some fast food restaurants that shall not be named, the food is not so terrible for your health. However, the one thi...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

June 7, 2015

Auditions

It feels like I'm on a weird vacation. I smell the salt in the air, I'm officially done with my third year, and the beach is right around the corner. I drove 5 hours from my apartment in Georgia to spend 1 month in a sunny town in Florida. I'm not here to soak up the sun though. I...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

June 4, 2015

Another Point for Primary Care

I have chosen to go into family medicine for a number of reasons. Family doctors are able to perform procedures, serve as leaders in their communities, work efficiently in resource poor environments, and, of course, provide comprehensive health care for patients of all ag...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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