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December 31, 2015

Gearing Up for the New Year!

While it is true that I have been sucked into the residency application vortex, I wanted to write one last blog before 2015 was over. This past year has been filled with ups and downs, and a lot of personal growth. Of course, a deliberate effort to shape my professional identity as a soon-to-be physician has driven a lot of that growth.

The first half of 2015 was consumed by internal medicine and surgery rotations. My patients, residents, and attendings (good and bad) taught me a lot about medicine but also forced me to evaluate my own personal priorities. I began to think a lot about which of my personal attributes I'd like to augment in order to be an ef...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

December 30, 2015

ICU Clerkship Primer

I recently completed a 4th year rotation in "the unit." Fully done with my audition rotations and well into interview season, I was hoping for a rotation that provided a new learning experience and ample exposure to procedures. It ended up being a tough, yet worthwhile mo...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

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 the...

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  

 
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