The Differential
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February 11, 2017

Anticipating My Match Day

I remember witnessing my first match day 3 years ago like it was yesterday. All of us first-years were crowded onto the 3rd floor of the medical school building, where there's a glass railing overlooking the lobby. We leaned in so fervently that I wondered if the glass could hold the weight of our eager bodies, trying to sneak a glimpse of the excitement. All of the fourth-years were gathered in the lobby. I saw grandparents and I saw newborn children, the people who had provided the support and motivations that made this day possible for all of its participants.

The entire building felt electric. I thought of how much work went into this mom...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

February 8, 2017

Enough With the Baby Steps

Next week I start a weeklong experience in the newborn nursery, which is a required part of our pediatric clerkship. I was originally super excited; I love babies, and the hours of this particular week are known to be fairly light. But then I saw the required procedures t...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

February 6, 2017

One Step at a Time

I delivered my first public speech all the way back in grade school. As a little kid, I was very shy and forever self-conscious when it came to public speaking even in informal settings. My approach to giving a speech centered on reading the text over and over hoping the ...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

February 6, 2017

A Med Student Standing with Immigrants

Seeing the events that unfolded within the past couple weeks concerning immigration policy was incredibly upsetting to me. Immigrants are the foundation of the melting pot that we call America, and it was only a few decades ago that my parents were immigrants who escaped ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

February 4, 2017

Are You Feeling Anxious?

Exams, papers, presentations, workshops, teachers, GPA, competition...what did I miss?

This dynamic state of things in perpetual motion is very often day-to-day life in medical school. I say "what did I miss?" in the sense that I may not have written something dow...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

February 1, 2017

Psych Out

I take the subway to the seedy part of town.

The one that is infamous for being in drug documentaries.

The station is painted sky blue and it feels forced. Like it woke up this morning, sniffed itself, grimaced, didn't shower, and covered it up with cheap ...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

January 28, 2017

The Meaning of Meconium

Meconium is a thick, black-green, odorless poop that a newborn excretes. It's made of desquamated cells from intestine and skin, some GI mucin, some lanugo, some of the vernix caseosa, some amniotic fluid, etc, along with some bile pigments for the color. If you've ever e...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

January 23, 2017

The Stages of Making Changes in Life

With 2017 in full swing, many of us are thinking about making some changes. If you were to head to the gym right now, you'd probably see a flood of new faces trying to keep their new year's resolutions of exercising more and trying to be healthier. If you were to visit th...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

January 23, 2017

A Cure for Allergies

My best friend growing up always had pets in her house, and every time I visited her I had to make it a point to avoid all of her cats. They were very friendly and always wanted attention, yet I couldn't so much as handle their toys and blankets let alone pet them. I've s...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

January 22, 2017

A Med Student's Guide to Choosing Fulfillment Over Frustration

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." - Shakespeare

The preclinical years of medical education are broken, and medical students are not happy. In fact we're stressed, depressed, and anxious, and who could blame us? We sit at a desk all day while ...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

 
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