The Differential
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September 17, 2015

A Well-Suited Symbol

As I near the end of my Microbiology course, I appreciate the value of old-school medicine more and more: the doctors who listen and look first, who use CT scans as confirmation rather than discovery, and who abide by the (evidence-based) adage that around 90% of diagnoses are made from the patient's history alone.

We recently learned about the parasite Dracunculus medinensis, which is ingested by drinking contaminated water and causes Guinea Worm Disease. It is classified as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD), meaning that it is fou...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

September 14, 2015

Gallows Humor and Burnout

Recently, a doctor lost her license for the insensitive things she said during a patient's colonoscopy. The audio is a little saddening to listen ...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

September 13, 2015

Technology in Medical School

Four weeks into medical school and already I'm blown away by the amount of information; but it's what I expected. I knew the "trying to take a sip out of a fire hose" metaphor was more true than most people initially releaized begining medical school. What I didn't expect...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

September 9, 2015

Being a Nurse for a Day

This week I had the opportunity to complete a nursing shift. As part of my current EM rotation, I am required to spend a day with a nurse, assisting in their tasks. While I was looking forward to a unique experience from what I have been used to as a medical student, I wa...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

September 7, 2015

A Helpless Advocate

I wind through the long, maze-like corridors of the unfamiliar hospital. It is odd to feel like a stranger here, knowing that being inside these sterile walls will feel routine in a year. I am alone with my thoughts and the clicks of my heels as sun streams in from the ou...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

September 4, 2015

First Week of Emergency Medicine

So far, emergency medicine is awesome! This is the first real rotation I have been on since becoming a fourth-year (all the others have been electives), and I appreciate the increased autonomy. I am at an affiliate hospital in Queens, NY, and the attending physicians are ...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

September 4, 2015

Wreck

One weekend, I was driving to Atlanta and I saw a wreck. It was just one car; the tire blew out, and, luckily, the car spun to the right side of the road and hit the guard rail. I ran a mental calculation and remembered that I had a first-aid kit and stethoscope in my car...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

September 1, 2015

Learning Via Checklist and Algorithms

There are a lot of new learning and teaching techniques that have become very popular lately: the flipped classroom, high fidelity simulations, social media, and podcasts. One topic that I have heard recently discussed in this format is the use of checklists, standardized...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

August 31, 2015

What Are You Looking For in a Medical Student Blog?

This will be quite the week! Yesterday was my first standarized patient experience, and Friday will be my first medical school exam. Needless to say, I'm swamped. But hey, that's what we sign up for!

I'd like to take this opportunity to reach out to you all again ...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

August 30, 2015

Gatekeepers

Life in the Emergency Department is fast. Patients are in and out with every compliant under the sun. Some stay for 5 minutes and some for 5 hours. After spending this past month in the ED I've gained a newfound respect for these gatekeepers of the hospital.

Sick ...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

 
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