The Differential
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March 27, 2017

I'll Study Tomorrow...

Sometimes I feel like studying late into the night. I feel focused and energized and have an unnatural amount of motivation for studying. I gleefully glance at the clock and delight at how much I can cover that night. However, since I expect to be awake for several more hours, I eat something to keep myself from being distracted by hunger later on. Immediately, I no longer feel like studying late into the night. I feel sluggish and sleepy. Therefore, I sleep and push off my studies until the next morning.

The variations of the above scenario is endless. To study well, one needs to be comfortable, but to be too comfortable is detrimental to productivity. Wh...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

March 21, 2017

Donning the White Coat

This past Saturday was a very significant day for me and my classmates: we finally received our white coats! Although numerous universities carry out the ceremony much earlier, our institution decided to wait until the Spring semester of the second year. The reasoning cen...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

March 20, 2017

Rural America

Here I go, behind the wheel of a car again...

I forgot how freeing it is to have one of these 2-ton sheets of metal roaring on the asphalt beneath me, taking me wherever I want it to go. I feel like the master of my own fate, or at least my own destination. Drivin...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

March 20, 2017

High School to Medical School

In some countries, you are not requered to have a prior degree before entering medical school. That is, "medical school" has the required premed classes all in the same place. This allows for you to directly move into medical school from high school. In a way, this is ver...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

March 20, 2017

Choosing a Medical School

I sat on a panel for my school's second look last week and was reminded of the challenge we faced, not so long ago, of picking a medical school. I remember feeling, at the time, that it was a hugely important decision, which is probably true. I also remember sitting in pa...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

March 19, 2017

Can Money Buy Good Health?

The unique thing about making home visits with my attending is that I get to see how my patients live. My attending's practice is in a rich neighborhood of Illinois, and I go to see lots of gigantic houses and luxurious nursing homes. One patient was talking about an isla...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

March 14, 2017

Losing Relationships: A Hidden Cost of Medical Education?

Many of us going into medical school are aware of the financial strain it can put on us, but there are numerous hidden costs that don't become apparent until we actually matriculate.

The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw that many of the friends ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

March 13, 2017

And It Begins...

Spring break has come and gone already, and at my school, that means only two blocks are left before a series of long nights and caffiene binges comenses. At WVU, we take preclinical shelf exams at the end of nearly every course. But because the administration organized t...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

March 13, 2017

Pharmaceutical Representative Influence

At my current rotation, we often have pharmaceutical representatives come with free lunch to talk to the doctors about their products and give samples. In school, I was taught that these sorts of perks and interactions will inevitably influence us and compromise ethically...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

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...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

 
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