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June 20, 2016

Empathy: Fact or Fiction?

Halfway through my third year, I read Dr. Danielle Ofri's book "What Doctors Feel: How emotions affect the practice of medicine." In the book's second chapter, Dr. Ofri writes about empathy, specifically how empathy seems to erode away in third-year medical students and remains low until we graduate. And she isn't just making it up or stating her own observations as an attending at a teaching hospital. There have been studies, which she cites, demonstrating that empathy "rates" fall drastically during the third year of medical school when compared to the first two. Dr. Ofri comment's on the irony of this trend, because third year is the first time we are actually ...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

June 17, 2016

My Emotional Energy

My cousin graduated from high school yesterday. On the way to dinner from graduation, I sat sandwiched between her and my grandmother amidst a full car of my family members. The conversation carried on, like it does with 7 people around, but I noticed something.

I...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

June 16, 2016

The World After Step 1

I survived my USMLE Step 1 a few days ago I could probably write several posts about how traumatizing and difficult it was to prepare for it and take it. However, as a new blogger for The Differential, I thought it would be better to start my first post with something pos...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

June 15, 2016

Answering the Call

Many of us remain stunned and heartbroken by the recent tragedy in Orlando. In some ways, the image of a lone gunman wreaking such havoc seems unfathomable: 49 people are confirmed dead, dozens more were left injured, and millions across the natio...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

June 13, 2016

The Time I Underwent Catheter Ablation, Part Two

So, very recently I underwent a catheter ablation for right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia. Normally, as doctors-in-training, we don't really talk about what it's like to be a patient or even talk about how it feels to have a medical condition. Even having somethin...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

June 13, 2016

The Time I Underwent Catheter Ablation

Catheter ablation is used to treat some types of arrhythmias. It uses thin, flexible wires that are called catheters that are inserted within blood vessels to reach the heart. Once in the heart, energy can be applied through one of the catheters to produce heat to destroy...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

June 11, 2016

The Hardships of Clerkships

I just finished my first clerkship and am a week into my elective clerkship. My first one was a tough one. I've been trying to mentally unpack exactly why it was so difficult for me, and I've come to realize that one of the hardest parts is having to impress people all da...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

May 30, 2016

Ideas to Increase Productivity

In preparation for the new school year, you may be thinking about new ways to be more productive. I want to keep this post quick and list a few tools that may help you to more effectively manage your time.

1. StayFocused

T...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

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 pro...

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  

 
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