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May 7, 2017

What Can I Do in a Zombie Apocalypse?

I have a friend who is a ginormous fan of zombie movies. He always thinks about a zombie apocalypse happening in real life. He has thought very hard about where he is going to go, who he would want with him, what things he would need, what he would do in various ethical situations, and so on. I've always brushed off his fantasies, since I'm not very interested in zombies. To my horror, I've recently begun to imagine what I would be in a zombie apocalypse setting.

If it happened right now, I wouldn't be much of medical help. All I know is how to take a good history and physical and not get in the way of scary people in the hospitals. I barely know how to gi...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

May 1, 2017

An Important Lesson From Hamilton

If you're anything like me (or any second-year medical student in the United States right now), your mornings, noons, and nights have consisted of studying for COMLEX/USMLE, wondering if you're studying enough for COMLEX/USMLE, and/or deciding if you're even studying for ...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

April 29, 2017

Coping With Condescending Superiors

Rotating first through pediatrics and now through geriatrics has been amazing experience. I have learned concepts that I had learned before; seeing them with patients has definitely burned knowledge into my long-term memory that I could not have done with just books. But ...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

April 29, 2017

The No-Laptop Coffee Shop

As a student, 99% of the time I walk into a coffee shop, I bring my laptop with me. I love the idea of meeting a friend at a coffee shop to just chat and hang out like a normal human, but given the demands of med school, I am forced to reconcile my love of coffee shops wi...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

April 23, 2017

What Are Your Distractions?

Life is full of many splendid things, and studying is only one of them. As I am typing right now, on my second monitor I am watching some Korean guy eat 5 whole chickens with 8 bowls of rice on YouTube ("mukbang" as they call it). I also spend too much time on Facebook, s...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

April 23, 2017

Planning Each 'Step'

I don't really know what the Step schedule is for most medical schools. For me, after the one year condensed academic curriculum, I went straight to the wards for a year of rotations, blissfully starting the year without a thought about when or how Step would fit into my ...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

April 20, 2017

Survival Tips from Someone Who Didn't Match

I participated in the AOA match and on February 6th, I opened an email to find that the worst had happened and I "unfortunately, did not match." The rest of that day is kind of a blur. I applied for TRIs, did several phone interviews, and ultimately accepted a position at...

Posted By: Morgan Day  

April 16, 2017

Putting Attending Physicians to Sleep

Third-year medical students are regularly asked to do presentations on a topic. Some are 5-minute informal presentations where we just talk about things; others require actual PowerPoint slides and research articles for citations. The experience is supposed to help u...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

April 16, 2017

Pharmacology Review 1

My pharmacology course requires MS2s to submit questions about the block's material at the beginning of each test week. This helps us focus on the finer points of the lecture material and hopefully anticipate the way in which our professors will present the material on Fr...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

April 16, 2017

When a Grown Man Cries

There aren't many times in my life when I've witnessed an adult man cry. Definitely less than 10. Maybe I could even count it on one hand. I've never even seen my own father cry. 

This week, I saw a grown man cry. His 4-year-old son just had a chest tube pull...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

 
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    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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    Temple University School of Medicine

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