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March 6, 2017

Political Discussions in Medicine

I once made the mistake of discussing politics during a House of Delegates meeting during the campaign of 2016. I entered the conversation cautiously, saying something benign enough, along the lines of, "Yeah, it's been a crazy campaign cycle this year, right?" Not a second went by before I knew I had made a mistake. The gentleman, a physician, turned to me, stared and declared, "There's only one way this election can go without our country going to Hell."

I froze. I knew I had stepped on a landmine of political confrontation with nowhere to go. We were both delegates sitting in a large room during voting of several resolutions. I then saw h...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

March 5, 2017

Embracing (Not Skipping) Sleep

Students are often tempted to skimp on sleep, myself included. From the last-minute essay we have to turn in the next day or the exam we stay up all night studying form, there are a million-and-one reasons you can lose sleep. I just wanted to relate some of my experiences...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

March 5, 2017

Medical Student Concerns About Anatomy

Parts of this blog post may sound awkward or insensitive if taken out of context. The purpose here is just to be honest and consider an aspect of medical training that isn't discussed often. 

During a clinical rotation is not the first time I've seen breasts....

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

February 22, 2017

Learning to Be Confident Before Learning to Be Correct

"I know you're smart, but you need to be more confident." That's an almost universal feedback I've gotten from my rotations. They say that once people start talking to me, they realize I do know some medical things (around the expected level of a third-year medical studen...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

February 21, 2017

A Rapid Response to Rapid Responses


I haven’t witnessed a full code yet, but I’ve been in exactly 2 rapid responses so far. Vivid moments from each of them are burned into my memory. Each feels like a botched tattoo; I went to medical school to take care of the ill, but now...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

February 20, 2017

Making Small Changes

For a couple months now, I've been trying to implement a few small changes to help me streamline my schedule while trying to keep a healthy lifestyle. With my dedicated Step 1 study period coming up, it is imperative that I decrease the time spent on certain household tas...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

February 20, 2017

Third-Year Lottery

Last Friday, we went through the third-year lottery. Several medical schools in the area go through a similar process but submit their preferences online. At Temple, we do the selection process live.

For those of you whoare not familiar with the process, allow me ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

February 18, 2017

Making Home Visits

My family medicine attending spends 50% of his time in his clinic and 50% making home visits. It's a pretty unique experience to follow him for the home visits because nowadays almost all of healthcare is done in hospitals or clinics.

The patients are usually old ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

February 16, 2017

Mental Illness Truly Is an Illness

Today I admitted a patient with PTSD and suicidal ideation. He was a middle-aged man, and as I interviewed him, he told me his cousin died in his arms. My patient and his cousin were doing heroin together. My patient snorted his share, while his cousin chose to inject. Hi...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

February 12, 2017

Co-Sleeping With Babies

One of the most frequent battles pediatric healthcare workers have with parents is the issue with co-sleeping with their baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs in a separate crib or bassinet, without soft/fluffy bedding to red...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

 
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