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October 31, 2016

Social Media and Professionalism

Today, one of my lectures was on professionalism in medicine. I was expecting it to be a bore. After a couple years in medical school, it's obvious that portraying a "professional appearance" on social media is important. One of the golden rules is to not post anything you wouldn't be proud of your grandmother seeing. The internet is forever. That generally means it's probably not a good idea to post profanity, rants about professors or clinicians, information that may reveal a patient's identity, or pictures of yourself during a sloppy night of partying.

When giving examples of the "don't dos" during the lecture, it was interesting how innocent some of th...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

October 31, 2016

My Path to Medical School

The average age of medical admission is 24 years old; an increasing number of students are taking gap years between their undergraduate education and entering medical school. Since coming to Temple, I had the chance to hear about the plethora of journeys that my colleague...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

October 30, 2016

Learning as a Patient, Not a Doctor

During my emergency medicine rotation, I used to inject my patients with lidocaine as local anesthestic before procedures such as suturing or incision and drainage. I always told the patient the lidocaine was going to burn, but that will be the worst part of the procedure...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

October 23, 2016

Your Spider-Man Moment

Remember my previous post about being nervous about starting a new rotation ("9 Butterflies in My Stomach")? I ended that post on a positive note, reminding myself that my anxiousness will seem hilariously silly to my future ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

October 17, 2016

Fake Sympathy

As student doctors, we are taught the importance of showing sympathy even when we don't mean it. I want to emphasize that last part, "even when we don't mean it." That is verbatim what I've been taught in medical school from clinicians. On the other hand, even if we feel ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

October 16, 2016

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Last Monday marked the beginning of the fourth and--according to some of my professors--hardest block of the year. By noon on Friday, we had already been introduced to dozens of drugs as well as their mechanisms of action, contraindications, and underlying physiology affe...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

October 16, 2016

Enamored

Last week, I saw a thoracotomy for the first time. We positioned the patient on her side, dissected down to the ribs, removed a chunk of one rib, and then there we were--looking inside the chest. Some surgeries throughout this rotation have filled me with a total sense of...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

October 15, 2016

What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

I have had some hard decisions to make lately. One of them was whether or not I should change or keep the health insurance contract plan I have. Even the person working with me in my case took a second and looked at me and said, "You don't know what to do do you?" I ...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

October 10, 2016

Being a Better Cheese

Some time ago, I had a patient who was admitted for hypercapnia and hypoxemia, likely due to obesity hypoventilation syndrome (probably combined with obstructive sleep apnea). His BMI was 75, which came with leg swelling and shortness of breath, most likely symptoms of he...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

October 7, 2016

Long-Distance Relationships in Med School

Before starting medical school, I was told that you need to have a strong support system in order to get through this. I agree with this statement, because there will be times in your medical education when you are overwhelmed, overworked, and sleep-deprived and feel a se...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

 
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