The Differential
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September 4, 2016

9 Butterflies in My Stomach

As a kid, first day of school was always scary. New teacher, new classmates, new expectations... You want to start the new school year right, but that's impossible because you have no idea what you're doing. I know most of my peers feel the same, and nobody expects me to know what I'm doing, but I still can't help feeling a disproportionate amount of shame and sadness whenever I stumble. It's like I'm at the center of the stage with everyone laughing at me, even though in reality nobody cares.

As 26 year old grown-up, I still feel the same everytime I start a new phase in life, like starting a new rotation. This is my 3rd rotation, but I still got the butt...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

August 31, 2016

Doctors-to-be Are Not Attending Class

Ever since mid-first year, I decided that I was a non-lecture attender. Our lectures normally take place in the morning, and we can expect a solid 4 hours worth. Before the days of my remote lecture-watching, I found myself either falling asleep or having my mind wander a...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

August 31, 2016

What Are Prions?

Prions are infectious particles that cause neurodegenerative diseases. As highlighted in this paper, various modes of transmission include genetic, infectious, and sporadic. Prions do not have a nucleic acid and a...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

August 31, 2016

Needle-Free Diabetes Care and Monitoring

For decades, diabetic patients have been injecting themselves with insulin daily. This brings the constant need to draw blood for glucose testing. With an increased amount of drawn blood comes an increased risk for infection. Today, continuous glucose monitoring and insul...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

August 29, 2016

Study, Study, Study

The first test of every year will always be a shock to the system. To me, it's hard to believe a two-month summer would knock me off my groove. Even though I spent 10 of the last 12 months studying and taking exams, the first one of my MS2 year hit me like a ton of bricks...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

August 29, 2016

Sexual Harassment in the Hospital

You probably know that sexual harassment is bad. You also probably know that it happens in various parts of life. But what you probably don’t know, is that it happened to my friend during her rotation.

She shared with me that her male attending would put his...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

August 29, 2016

Rituals in Medicine

Today was the first day of my surgery rotation. It was just an orientation; tomorrow is the real beginning, when I'll wake up at the crack of dawn and trek to the suburban hospital I'm rotating at. This morning, we learned some of the basics--knot tying, sterile dress. As...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

August 25, 2016

How to Avoid Procrastination

This is probably something we are all familiar with. We have an assignment to hand in, an exam to study for, or an errand to run, but we find that YouTube, Facebook, or whatever we find more attractive eating away at our time. For me, procrastination is many times directl...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

August 24, 2016

Start the Day

What do Ben Franklin, a lark, and Hermione Granger all have in common? At first glance you may be wondering "What is he talking about? This makes no sense." In fact, no obviously shared trait would suggest they even belong in the same sentence. But dig a little deeper and...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

August 24, 2016

Dealing With Anxiety

I've always been an anxious person and didn't really know to deal with it. I remember at times I would just tell myself to ignore it, and it would appear to go away for the time being. This was until the next incident, when I would become so overwhelmed that it hindered m...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

 
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