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February 2, 2016

Zika Virus Overview

The news has covered the Zika virus quite closely lately--almost with as much dire warnings and concern as the recent Ebola outbreak. Many professional and governmental societies have released travel precautions and advisory statements, relating to the potentially harmful birth defects. Until now, this disease has been anything but famous, despite being around for quite some time. This posting will hopefully give you a quick overview of the Zika virus, and what we need to know about it.

The Zika virus, first isolated from a monkey in 1947 hails from East Africa within the Zika Forest of Uganda. Most cases have been confined to Africa and South American, wh...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

February 2, 2016

Match Day 101

On March 18, 2016, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will release its results. On "Match Day," thousands of medical students across the country will open envelopes at the exact same time and learn their fate--at least th...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

February 1, 2016

No Longer Tested by Tests

Today, I took my last true "final" of the preclinical years. We only have one block left in the year before our dedicated study time for STEP1, and the block is segmented into midterm exams that are non-cumulative. 

Test-taking has become such a regular occur...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

January 31, 2016

Gattaca

Gattaca is a science fiction movie released in 1997. I remember watching it as a college freshman in an evolutionary biology class. The film is set in a not-too-distant future and centers around a genetically inf...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

January 30, 2016

Bad Policy Decisions

Typically, I avoid discussions of government policies on this blog for a few reasons. The most important is that they are almost certainly political and therefore have a tendency to bring out the lesser angels of our nature. Yet sadly, 2016 is off to a problematic start. ...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 24, 2016

Word Choice Matters

A few weeks ago, we (second-year medical students) learned how to perform pelvic and reproductive exams on both males and females. Our patients were no ordinary patients. They were highly trained experts from an organization called META (Medical Education Teaching Associa...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

January 22, 2016

Providing Free Services

This week on rounds, an Attending I was with made the following statement:

"If you go into the healthcare field and become a physician, you absolutely have to do some kind of pro bono or charity work."

We got into talking about the topic, as it wa...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

January 21, 2016

Stuck Between Med Student and Intern

I have come back for my first clinical rotation at my medical school since June 2015 (back when I was still a third year)! It has been challenging for a few reasons.

First, I am in a completely different headspace now compared to June 2015. I have completed the re...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

January 20, 2016

The Woman Who Saved the Olympian


Every now and again, I come across a story that is so ridiculous that it's hard to quit reading. The story of Jill Viles is one such story. Imagine if Gregory House was (A) a woman, (B) afflicted with no...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

January 20, 2016

Finding the Balance

In my last post, I discussed the importance of a personal life, along with the ever-time-consuming professional life. A common theme among the comments I received (which, thank you by the way, I love hearing your feedback!) was work-life balance. So what the heck is work-...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

 
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