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July 8, 2016

Do Whatever You Have to Do

I got through my first shift of rotations last night/today morning. It was a busy night in the emergency department, and I saw so many patients that it's all a blur. However, in the midst of everything that I witnessed and heard, one phrase stuck out to me the most: "Do whatever you have to do."

It's perhaps one of the most repeated phrases that I heard from patients that night. Sure, they did not want to be kept in the hospital for another day or two; they did not want their fractured femur pulled and twisted back into place; they did not want to get an IV line started; they did not want to get another CT scan. But in the end they let us do all those ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 7, 2016

No One is "Unbiased"

I am currently on week 2 of my 2-month stint in the ER. And it is becoming increasingly apparent to me that I am not a very good "judge" of some of the typical ER stereotypes. For example, I absolutely refused to believe that the sweet, kind, little old lady who came to t...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

July 6, 2016

Research in Medical School

During the application process to medical school, the most frequent advice I received centered on pursuing a research project. Everyone from advisors to peers to friends who matriculated all stressed the importance of research as the best way to broaden my exposure to new concepts...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

July 1, 2016

A Patient Too Real to Me

A 51-year-old Asian female with no prior medical history presents to the emergency department with 2 days history of headache and vomiting and blood pressure of 210/110 mm Hg. This sounds like one of those many clinical vignettes I saw in my practice questions for USMLE S...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 1, 2016

Choosing Elective Clerkships

This month, I had my elective rotations. Because of the order of our rotations, third year is essentially a random lottery: some of us have electives at the very beginning of third year (like me), whereas others have them at the end. Everyone approaches their elective cho...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

June 30, 2016

On Priorities

It's really important to learn as much as you can while you are in medical school. After all, this is one of the few times in your life that you can devote all your working hours (yes working, not waking) to expanding your informational knowledge. Taking...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

June 30, 2016

When Stress Gets to You


A lot of you, well let's say most of you, can probably identify with having stress. Some people probably show it less or feel it less, but I can say, at least for myself, I feel it. It gets worse around exam week. I have my personal life, wit...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

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 ar...

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  

 
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