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January 22, 2017

Diagnosis: Baby Fever

A 27-year-old male presents with the chief complaint of wanting babies. Symptoms have been chronically present for several years but has increased in intensity and frequency in the past few weeks, which he speculates is related to starting his pediatrics rotation as a third-year medical student. Symptoms are exacerbated when meeting newly married couples ready to procreate or meeting his relatives with little children. He has tried petting other people's dogs and holding a stuffed animal but those have not relieved any of his symptoms.

His past medical history is significant for a viral upper respiratory infection which he contracted from a pediatric patie...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

January 18, 2017

What's Coming Will Come

"Do you mind if a take a picture?"

I smiled, said not at all, and looked back at my 4-year-old patient, who was wearing my stethoscope while I held the diaphragm to my heart.

It's a favorite trick of mine that I picked up on my peds rotation last year. If ...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

January 16, 2017

Studying in Bed

I like to be comfortable when I study. Often times, I find that the height of the desk plus the height of chair plus the height of computer/book aren't ideal for my body proportions. Also, in the winter, things can get cold. That's why I like studying in bed. I can find t...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

January 16, 2017

Something to Remember

When I think about my medical career, it's hard for me to clearly envision what that actually looks like years down the line. The training period is so long, and so many things can change in the meantime, that it's hard to predict that far in advance.

Now that I'm...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

January 13, 2017

More Vacation for Medical Students?

Medical schools are notorious for being very intense with little time off. I go to a 6-year program that is a little different from the traditional 4 years. I do, however, have friends from other schools, both in the United States and other countries. Yes, some get m...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

January 12, 2017

This Is Family Medicine

I went in to get the details on a patient's cold symptoms. It was a classic tale: congestion, runny nose, and sore throat that transitioned into an irritating, dry cough. All I could think was, "I can rock this history and physical! My attending is going to be so impresse...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

January 11, 2017

Fighting Fatigue

I'm certain none of us are strangers to feeling tired during the day. I can barely get out of bed in the morning, and once I do, there's little to no chance of me staying awake during 4 hours of morning lecture. I am also weird in that I don't drink caffeine products beca...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

January 11, 2017

Creating a Study Schedule

It's January! That means it's T-minus 5 months until Step 1, and the stress has finally hit me like a train. Over the holiday break, I spent a few hours coming up with a study schedule to help me manage my resources and most importantly, to prevent myself from freaking ou...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

January 9, 2017

Positivity in the New Year

2016 will go down as one of the more dramatic years on record. A highly contentious and vitriolic election left many voters rejoicing in their vision for the future, whereas others remain vigilant and even fearful at the prospect of theirs. Acts of terror and genocide rad...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

January 8, 2017

Pediatrics and Germs

I started my pediatrics rotation this past week, and I am already sick. They warned us to be diligent about using hand sanitizers and not touching our faces. But I had a couple kids cough at my face before I could even think about getting a face mask. After all, it's the ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

 
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