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September 13, 2016

Your Doctor Will Arrive in 5 Minutes: Is a healthcare Uber coming

One of the most fascinating components of a 21st-century medical education includes the breadth with which new and exciting technology permeates our daily lives. Some physicians I've shadowed recall a time when MRI machines, ultrasound devices, and electronic health records remained relative rarities in clinical practice. For some, the most advanced piece of equipment they had ever used sat between their ears.

But today's medical students encounter external computing devices constantly; we review recorded lectures on Camtasia, type notes on our laptops, practice imaging studies with portable ultrasound machines, and send and receive thousands of alerts and...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

September 11, 2016

Remembering 9/11

It has been 15 years since the twin towers were blown apart in a tragic terrorist attack. I distinctly remember the day when my mom called my dad to say that there had been an attack on American first soil. I remember what was on TV, the towers burning and smoke wafting o...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

September 9, 2016

Healthy Uvula Appreciation Day

Recently, I went to the dentist, and there was a moment where I was told to close my mouth on the suction equipment so it can suck out all the saliva and water. However, either I have an abnormally long uvula or my tongue was in a bad position, because my uvula got sucked...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

September 9, 2016

Google Flu Tracking

So this isn't exactly new information, but I was recently introduced to how Google was able to detect regional outbreaks of the flu about a week to two weeks before they were reported to the CDC in 2008. One of the largest obstacles to containing infectious outbreaks is t...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

September 7, 2016

My First Patient

Today marks the second day of the second week of the second block of my second year. It seems the universe lined itself up nice and neatly to make this day stand out. In fact, on a day notable for a series of twos I experienced a first: I took a history from a real</e...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

September 6, 2016

Hopeful Beginnings

This week marked a new beginning. On Tuesday morning, I woke up early and headed to my very day of clinical rotations. As luck would have it, I started on internal medicine. Of course, I was nervous, apprehensive, and downright stressed on Monday night. But already, at on...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

September 6, 2016

Thoughts on Mortality

Last year I read (and loved) "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. It prompted me to start thinking about end of life care, for myself and my future patients, and also emphasized some of the big recent changes in the healthcare system. As medicine advances and we are able to pr...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

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 ...

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  

 
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Medical school and residency can be a stressful, demanding time. These medical students share their insights and experiences, good and bad, in order to create a community of support and understanding for medical students everywhere.

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    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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    Temple University School of Medicine

    Philadelphia, PA

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