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November 13, 2016

Bored in Surgery

When I began my surgery rotation, I thought it was going to be a super exciting and adrenaline-pumping experience. Since then, I've realized that it's not what I expected to be.

Because there is limited space around the operating table, medical students often can't see much of what's going on. The attending and 1 or 2 residents are doing their thing, and the scrub nurse needs to be close by handing all the instruments to the surgeons, and of course there are tables and tables of surgical instruments/equipments. Then there's me: the useless third-year medical student.

If I am granted the privilege of scrubbing in, I can usually see something happeni...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

November 13, 2016

Defeating That Monster Exam

Since the beginning of medical school, and even before starting, I knew that there was a really long and hard test that I would have to take in order to practice medicine. I remember very distinctively the very first time I saw the first aid for the USMLE Step 1. It was m...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

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...

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  

 
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