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November 13, 2015

It's Interview Season!

My interview season for general surgery kicked off last week. I made a 6-hour road trip to Illinois, a 2-hour road trip to West Virginia, and a 15-minute walk to my home program. I am now getting set to leave for my next batch of interviews in Illinois and Indiana. For me, it's not so much the raw number of hours spent on the road that gets me, it's everything else. There are so many things to consider on the trail, and not enough time to give each one its due diligence.

The interview day usually kicks off with an introduction by the program director, followed by a tour, lunch with residents, and interviews, in varying order. This half-day event, ...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

November 12, 2015

Online Journal Clubs

There are lots of great online resources for medical professionals and students. From e-lectures, books available at the click of button, question banks and point of care references, we really have it all at our fingertips. One resource that is not frequently talked about...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

November 8, 2015

Cars Can Be Replaced

My dad always told me "You never want to buy a car when you need one." Sadly, I had to find this out the hard way. I drive (drove) a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo (aka "The Boat") for 10 years; two days ago, her engine clocked out on me without warning. Well...not necessarily wi...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

November 6, 2015

Bystander CPR

An 84-year-old man heads to the gas station to fill up his tank one morning. It's a Tuesday morning, one no different from the rest. Walking out the door, he told his wife of 60 years that he loved her and would be right back. 

Looking back, he felt pretty go...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

November 5, 2015

Negative + Negative = Positive

In a pharmacology lecture about a month ago, we were learning about clopidrogel (Plavix) and the mechanism of action of the ADP-receptor antagonists. To explain this concept, the professor drew a corollary to mathematics--a double negative turns into a positive. On a cell...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

November 4, 2015

Sick on the Interview Trail

Stress and sleep. Two simple things have such an impact on our health. During my subinternship, I was stressed but sleeping 8 hours per night. Therefore, I felt run down just 1-2 days out of the entire month. Compare that to this past week: three residency interviews in o...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 2, 2015

#WhyEM

As a medical student early in their education, I'm constantly looking for resonating characteristics of specialties. I'm keeping an open mind, realizing it's still early to make any decision, but as I scrolled through my Twitter feed this afternoon, I came across a hashta...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

October 31, 2015

What Doctors Learn

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about how I would change the US healthcare system; in it, I reference an episode of Freakonom...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

October 29, 2015

A Good Medical Student

Surgery acting internships (aka subinternships) are over. Now I can shift my attention to the waiting game and interview preparation. After a year's worth of M3 clerkships, followed by 3 additional months of acting internships, I've realized that learning how to be a good...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

October 27, 2015

Out of the Library and Into the ED

As any first year medical student could tell you, a significant amount of our day is spent attending lectures and labs, followed by an evening of reviewing lectures and labs. So when I had the opportunity to shadow an emergency medicine physician last weekend (m...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

 
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