The Differential
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March 12, 2016

The Study Period

In under 2 weeks, I'll be in my STEP 1 dedicated study period. A time when First Aid will become the bible and Dr. Husain Sattar my "high yield" BFF. A time when my nails will be bitten to the shortest they've ever been and my social life will be scant.

As it approaches, there is so much going on inside my head. I'm excited, but nervous, to have completely free days where I am in charge of keeping myself on track. I'm incredibly anxious about the test itself and the weight it has on my career. I'm eager to get it over with and move on into the clinical years, which are going to be a steep learning curve. Knowing I'm starting at the bottom again in the clin...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

March 4, 2016

Sepsis Update

Throughout my time in medical school one of the most discussed, debated and clinically relevant topics has been sepsis. During my preclinical years, I learned about the pathophysiology of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and the impressive mortality statisti...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

February 29, 2016

Mindfulness

Lately, I've been feeling incredibly stressed out. It's safe to say the majority of my classmates feel the same way. There are always exams coming up, and it seems like all of your time is already taken up between classes, studying, volunteering, shadowing, etc. What can ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

February 27, 2016

Teach Me to Think Like a Doctor

For those that haven't had the chance to read "How to Diagnose like a Doctor on Your First Day in Medical School, by Frank J. Slaby, PhD, I couldn't recommend it more. In it, Slaby examines the current medical education curriculum and identifies the lacking element craved...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

February 25, 2016

The 3rd Year Lottery

This Friday, my entire class will be gathered together for 4 hours to choose our clerkship sites for next year. Temple has affiliate sites across the entire state of Pennsylvania, and some even extend into New Jersey. This seems to be a pretty common phenomenon in medical...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

February 24, 2016

HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Changing or Staying the Same?

Back in 2009, I worked as a Public Policy Fellow at http://www.gmhc.org/">Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the world's first HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy organization. My time at GMHC was my first formal exposure to...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

February 24, 2016

What Are Your Summer Plans?

For a lot of first years, now is about the time you're figuring out your summer plans. Considering that this is one of the large large chunks of time that you will have free, you want to make it count. I know that some people are stressing over deciding how they are going...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

February 23, 2016

Loan Repayment Strategies

As I near my graduation from medical school, there are many exciting and positive feelings towards the next stage in my career. There is, however, one big elephant in the room that is not so exciting of a topic to think about.

Repaying my enormous, incredible, hig...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

February 21, 2016

If I Could Do It All Over Again...

The application process for residency began in September of last year. Fees and travel expenses from the last six months have left a huge hole in my wallet. Expensive, repetitive, yet gratifying, it was eerily similar to applying for medical school, one I had hoped would ...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

February 17, 2016

Are We Doing This Correctly?

Medical education is currently in the midst of a rapid evolution unlike anything we've seen since the Flexner Report over 100 years ago. Students are craving additional clinical exposure and faculty, administrators, and residency directors have finally given in and admitt...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

 
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