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December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2016 marks the 28th anniversay of the first World AIDS Day, a date set aside to remember friends and family members who succumbed to the immunovirus and those who continue to live with it. When physicians first discovered the virus, no one in the medical community understood where it came from, how it jumped patients, or how to treat it. Moreover, patients received confirmation not with PCR or viral load studies but with purple lesions, severe pneumonia, muscle wasting, and even dementia. Entire AIDS wards cropped up in coastal hospitals to provide a modicum of dignity to a consistently marginalized patient population of predominantly gay and transge...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

November 29, 2016

Addressing Gun Violence

Attending school in the middle of North Philadelphia has opened my eyes to how much of an issue gun violence is. Every day, I get sent alerts to my phone about a shooting that has happened around the area. With my preceptor being an ER doc, I spent a significant amount of...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

November 27, 2016

Driving a Car

Sometimes, when I'm struggling in medical school (actually this is not just sometimes but most of the time), I wonder if I'll ever "get it." I imagine myself somehow graduating medical school and being an incompetent resident. I imagine myself somehow struggling through r...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

November 27, 2016

Study Tools and Tips

This is probably one of my favorite topics to write about.

When I first started medical school, it was a huge change! I graduated with 4.0 GPA from high school and thought medical school was a piece of cake. EVERYONE told me how much you have to study in medical s...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

November 25, 2016

Waiting for Death

"So many people on our list are going to die!" I said morbidly to another medical student in my general surgery team. We had a paralegic patient who had his bladder and left kidney removed, complicated by sepsis, now with toxic megacolon to top it all off. He ineligible f...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

November 22, 2016

What Will Trumpcare Look Like?

Recently, Vox published an

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

November 22, 2016

Why People Go to the Doctor

One of the privileges of being a medical student is having endless time with each patient. I've often been criticized for being slow at patient histories by residents/attendings. I don't interrupt patients when they speak. For chatty patients, this means a lot of time spe...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

November 21, 2016

My Favorite Blogs

When I have a few moments free between tests and write-ups, I like to catch up on some lighter reading. Even in the middle of a block, I like to peruse online for anything that might make a great blog post. Any writer will tell you that he or she draws inspiration from a ...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

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'...

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  

 
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