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December 13, 2016

Staying Focused

Many of us are familiar with Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), and the combination of stress, shelf exams, and snow are making me wonder if I currently have it. I've grown up around and lived in snow and cold weather my whole life, but I never seem to fully adjust to the seasonal changes. Piling on the demands of medical school certainly hasn't helped, either. Outside my window at this very moment, I can see a blanket of snow coming down while I try to focus on learning the differences between every other leukemia. Just one more test stands in my way before two weeks of sleeping in, seeing friends and family, and finding out what Santa put under my tree.

To ...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

December 11, 2016

My One and Only Experience with Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is not a specialty service available to medical students at my clerkship site. But one day, I had an opportunity to scrub into a breast reconstruction surgery after my general surgery attending performed the bilateral mastectomy. For some reason, there wer...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

December 11, 2016

How Your Difficult Family Prepares You for Difficult Patients

It's getting to be holiday season, and many people associate this time with cheer. For those going home to a family gathering, conflicts often arise at these events. I love my family, but especially when the extended family gets together, someone always oversteps and rubs...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

December 11, 2016

Instant Ramen: Health Hazard or Lifesaver?

Throughout my college student days, I had consumed a moderate amount of instant ramen noodles. They're cheap, quick, tasty, and the packaging makes them portable for on-the-go eating. I would often stock up and buy ramen noodles by the case. This brought the price down ev...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

December 5, 2016

Ironic Pains

This marks the last week of my family medicine rotation. Throughout the past few weeks, I've enjoyed getting to interact with a wide range of patients, from infants to elderly, and learning about health maintenance and preventative care. The list of common complaints I wa...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

December 5, 2016

When You Give a Medical Student a Cookie

One of the nicest things that a resident can do to a medical student is to give him a cookie. In the midst of a crazy busy surgery rotation, there was one day where our resident brought some cookies that his wife baked. He gave me one, and as we ate it, he smiled and said...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

December 4, 2016

Confessions of a Rude Know-It-All

"Hello, how was Mrs. X's night?"

The morning began like any other. On my way to pre-round on a patient, I made a pit stop at the nurse's station to see how the night had gone."

"Terrible. She was in pain, and I had to go in there about 4 times...incontinen...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

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 com...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

November 28, 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  

 
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