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May 28, 2016

Understanding Your Patient

As the year is coming to an end, and as a new class of medical students are transitioning to their clinical years, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the importance of prioritizing health literacy, patient compliance, and the impact we can make as future providers. Being at Temple School of Medicine located in North Philadelphia, we see a majority of underserved populations that are in financial distress. Due socioeconomic hardships, these families have limited resources to adequately care for their health. To put into perspective how prevalent this issue is in Philadelphia, as of 2014 there were 185,000 (12.2%) people living in deep poverty. And for...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

May 24, 2016

Making Mistakes

I called the patient's name out loud to the waiting room. A man got up in response. I walked him back to the exam room. I introduced myself and explained that I was a medical student, I was going to be taking his vital signs, and the doctor would be in soon. He had an acc...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

May 17, 2016

A Lesson from "Game of Thrones"

Sometimes, medical school can seem to take over your life. In fact, it most certainly does at one point or another. Over the last four years, seemingly everything can be related to medical school if I wanted it to be. 

Strangely this was the case during a rec...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

May 15, 2016

From Step 1 to Square 1: Week 1 of Third Year

This week was tough. My first rotation is Neurology, which lasts 4 weeks total, and I'm currently on the outpatient service for 2 weeks. It's hard to know exactly what my role is on the patient care team, especially when clinic is so rushed with 15-min patient appointment...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

May 13, 2016

Benefits of Breastfeeding

As of 2014, all birthing hospitals in the Philadelphia area have banned the practice of giving new mothers bags of baby formula. This new policy was implemented in efforts to increase the rates of breastfeeding mothers in Philadelphia (62.2%), which have very low breastfe...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

May 9, 2016

Dangers of Lyme Disease

Now that the weather is improving, and we are wanting to spend more time outside, an important topic that should be discussed is Lyme disease. Did you know that Lyme disease affects 300,000 people in the United States every year?! That's a lot of people! To put that into ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

May 6, 2016

Steps to Survive Step 1

I'm currently writing from the airport in Havana, Cuba. For my post-Step 1 vacation, my boyfriend and I went to Mexico City and Havana for a week total (more on that later). This past month of Step 1 studying was difficult, liberating, fast, and slow--all at the same time...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

May 5, 2016

Yelp for Hospitals?

Recently, the Obama administration made news by announcing that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was going to delay the release of the "Overall Hospital Rating" star rating. The latest in the CMS's "5 star rating system," which already reports on over 1...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

May 3, 2016

Calling All Bloggers!!!!

Hello all!

It's that time once again, when our amazing group of bloggers loses some members who have gone on (or will go on) to be Residents and Med Students no longer!

We have been deluged in the past with requests at times when we weren't looking for applicants. I promise, those names ARE on file. But digging through them will take some time. So even if you have emailed before...

Posted By: Ryan Syrek  

May 3, 2016

Double the Degrees

In less than two weeks, I will be walking across the graduation stage to receive both my Medical Doctorate (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Why was it important for me to pursue a joint degree?

I should start off by saying that my interest in medici...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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