The Differential
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December 22, 2015

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3...

Recently, I invited myself to my grandfather's doctor's appointment. He has Parkinson's disease and sees a neurologist regularly. Over Thanksgiving, I had a long chat with both my grandparents about a wide range of medical topics. I've come to realize that my grandparents view their health and healthcare very differently. My grandfather attributes almost everything to old age and shrugs things off, while my grandmother forms strong opinions that are informed by her peers' medical outcomes and social cues from her physicians. What this means for my grandfather's neurology appointments is that my grandfather tends to downplay how he's doing, which offsets my grandmother's at...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

December 21, 2015

Lessons From the Interview Trail: Interview Questions

Interviewing for a Residency is arguably the most important job interview of your life. It determines so much of your immediate future; location, specialty, training, and future opportunities all hang in the balance. It is also the longest, most drawn out and stressful in...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

December 18, 2015

The End Is Near

It's mid-December. My interview season is coming to a close and, with it, medical school. Military match results come out this month, urology match results are released next month, and for the great majority of applicants, the NRMP main residency match results are release...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

December 15, 2015

Thoughts on the Future: White Coats

It's the turn of a new year. By this time next year, I will be 5 months into residency and still wondering what changes loom on the horizon (basically the same thing I'm doing now). As I look toward what the next year brings, I can't help but wonder how things will change...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

December 14, 2015

What Will You Specialize In?

Every uncertain medical student dreads the question, "So, do you know what you want to specialize in yet?" I feel like there's no right answer. If you don't know, you seem behind the ball and not exploring career options optimally. If you do know, you're told to keep an o...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

December 13, 2015

Choosing a Residency: Academic vs Community

This part of choosing a residency is really specialty-specific. Some residencies lend themselves better to one setting or another. Many family medicine programs distinguish themselves by being either academic or community, but I think the differences are more program depe...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 10, 2015

Fight Doctor

"Protect yourself at all times, obey my rules at all times. Have a good, clean fight. Touch gloves gentlmen." Ding Ding Ding.

Anyone who is an avid fan of boxing or MMA recognizes the above phrase and high pitch bell as the beginning of a match. Although ...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

December 7, 2015

The Importance of Cultural Competency

Following President Obama's address to the nation Sunday night, it became clear his message was one of tolerance, rather than one of policy. With Islamophobia spreading as a result of recent events, I began to wonder how we, as future healthcare professionals, could becom...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

December 5, 2015

H&P: More Than Just Getting Information

I snapped the gloves on and gowned up. I introduced myself with a smile. I sat down at an appropriate spot, not too distant but not too close. I looked the patient in the eye when we were talking. I nodded when he responded. I offered comfort when I could. The directors o...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

December 3, 2015

My Doctor, the Laptop

A recent article published in JAMA this November looked at patient satisfaction, in relation to the physicians use of a computer during their encounter. The article, "Association Between Clinicia...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

 
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