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November 12, 2016

200 Days

According to the countdown app on my phone, I have less than 200 days before I graduate med school. While I still have quite a ways to go, I know it will go by fast. What with interview season, the holiday breaks, and then (finally) the match, I'm sure that day at the end of May will be here before I know it. The past three and a half years have been such a whirlwind. I know it sounds cliche, but I feel like I've been on a roller coaster ride ever since I began, and it is surreal to think that in a few months, it will all be over. It has got me thinking about the goals I've set for myself along the way. Most of them I have met, some of them I have modified, and so...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

November 8, 2016

Administrative Change

Today marks an important day in America: Eligible citizens will make their way to the booth to cast their vote for the next President of the United States. After a very long, contentious electoral season, the new POTUS will inherit the awesome responsibility to direct new...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

November 7, 2016

People, Not Numbers

"People, not numbers" is the mantra of one of my ICU attendings this past month. It sounds simple, but I've found these words ringing in my head repeatedly over the past few weeks. My attending was so strict on his "no numbers" rule, that he wouldn't allow us to refer to ...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

November 6, 2016

Reflections on OB

It's the halfway point in third year for my medical school class, and we're all burnt out. It's not easy to drag myself out of bed at 5 am and start all over again each week with a new team and a new job. It is truly exhausting.

I started my OB-GYN rotation just 2...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

November 5, 2016

ACGME Proposal for 28 Hour Limits for Intern Shifts

I recently read about a new proposal from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that is for increasing the number of hours an intern can work during one shift. For many years, the limit has been 16 hours without a break. The reason this limit wa...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

November 5, 2016

Do You Use Textbooks?

During rotations, I've gotten a lot of different advices on what to study from. Interns and M4s have generally given me these tips: some swear by doing only practice questions; some swear by certain brands of review books; some swear by Uptodate articles; and some swear b...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

November 2, 2016

Writing for Your Health

I often start writing posts here about doubts that I'm having, disappointments I've experienced, or anger at a system that doesn't seem quite right. These posts have been written in times of frustration and confusion. You may have noticed (or maybe not), that these posts ...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

November 1, 2016

Seeing the Light

Even before starting my radiology rotation, I knew it would be a challenge. Upper classmen and my own classmates had told me that even students interested in pursuing careers in radiology found it difficult to stay engaged and interested while sitting in a dark room behin...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

October 31, 2016

Getting Enough Reps

Ten years is a long time to a 26-year-old. But this time of year always brings me back to the days I donned football pads and a helmet every day after school. In fact, once the leaves change and the temperature drops, I'm reminded of the hundreds of hours I spent practici...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

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 yo...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

 
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