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June 30, 2016

Will Virtual Reality Transform Medical Education?

When virtual reality (VR) is mentioned, usually the first thought that comes to mind is its applications in video gaming. This makes sense, especially since VR has been a buzzword in the media lately, with the upcoming release of the Oculus Rift headset. For those that are not familiar with VR, it is a technology that simulates a user's physical presence in a replicated environment while allowing the user to interact with this environment. This sensory experience can involve sight, touch, hearing, and smell. At times, the immersive environment can closely replicate real-life, as it is in certain VR games and in military combat training. This technology is truly tr...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

June 28, 2016

The Kind of Attending I Want to Be

Recently, I had the chance to work with an attending who I came to deeply admire. While I was working with her, I was noticeably more excited about coming in to work everyday. When she had a free moment, she sat me down to teach me in an engaging way. She pushed me to do ...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

June 25, 2016

The Computer Will See You Now

The game "Go" is an ancient Chinese board game in which 2 players compete for territories, one player using white stones and the other using black. Despite its simple rules, it is vastly more complex than chess and has therefore stumped programmers for many yea...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

June 24, 2016

Romance During Medical School?

"I'm sorry" is something I find myself telling my girlfriend very often for being late. If you are in a relationship, this is something you should know very well; if you don't, I urge you to learn it. Studying for tests, preparing research papers, and the astronomical amo...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

June 23, 2016

On Death, Dying, and Zebrafish

A recent manuscript highlighted by "Science Magazine" challenges previous understandings of biology: Dr. Alex E. Pozhitkov and collaborators have identified hundreds of genes that actually

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

June 22, 2016

Drinking From the Firehose

We all knew it coming into medical school. It wouldn't be easy, and there would always be more information thrown at you than you could possibly learn/turn into bad mnemonics/memorize. I seem to remember last August, at my orientation to first year, the phrase repeated ov...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

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 r...

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  

 
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    Temple University School of Medicine

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