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June 25, 2017

Why I Chose Medicine

The last article I wrote included a little background on myself and how that background factored into me eventually picking medicine as my career. But when it came to the final moment of truth, how did I know for sure? And, how did I know which school to pick? 

When I was 17, someone asked me, "what do you see yourself doing for the next 20-25 years?" That question really got me thinking: What I choose is what I will do. We spend the better part of our lives working, and most of our days are spent working. So you have to choose a career that you enjoy. Medicine is a career that has a connection with people. You learn deep parts of them and relate to t...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

June 18, 2017

The Life of a Cursed Medical Student

In medical school, there are some who get lucky in everything they do, and others who get unlucky in everything they do. This year, I've befriended someone who is one of the unlucky ones.  

I first heard about him from another classmate who had the same inter...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

June 16, 2017

My First Away Rotation

Monday of this week, I packed up my bags and headed to my first away rotation. To be honest, I was pretty terrified. I tend to be an anxious person in general because I like to be in complete control of most situations. Having to travel to a new place and get settled whil...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

June 16, 2017

Anesthesia Rotation

I feel like very few people come into medical school thinking that they want to be anesthesiologists. Their role as part of the healthcare team isn’t always obvious. Patients often do not see the anesthesiologist, just the doctor that is caring for them. Even in med...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

June 16, 2017

Making a To-Do List for Attending Physicians

As I enter my fourth year of medical school, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In just a year, I'll be an intern on night float ,responsible for calling the shots on sick patients. As I transition out of the ''student'' mentality, I'm starting to rea...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

June 11, 2017

Humble Hospital Staff

As a medical student I am always at the bottom of the totem pole. However, I've noticed that the nonmedical staff at the hospitals always treat us students really well. They always acknowledge my presence and step out of the way for me when we cross in the hallway. They s...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

June 4, 2017

The Ones Who Remain Living

Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is a condition where the blood supply is shared unequally among twins who share a placenta. The "donor" will get less blood supply, and the "recipient" will get more; there is high morbidity and mortality for both twins.

I was scr...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

May 31, 2017

Ophthalmology Rotation Experience

When I chose my two 2-week electives, I tried to select ones that I don't get any exposure to during my preclinical years. I luckily started with my first choice, which was ophthalmology. I came into it not knowing what to expect. After a brief orientation, I found out th...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

May 31, 2017

Differential Career Diagnoses

Despite starting my clinical rotation year with as much of an open-mind as I could manage, I would be lying if I said there weren't some specialties I had ruled out long ago. That being said, my "maybe" l...

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

May 30, 2017

Resilience

Two months ago, I attended a grand rounds about resident wellness. Of course, all my residents groaned about having to go, even though I was on pediatrics, which is considered one of the more touchy-feely fields of medicine. The only way they were going was for the free l...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

 
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Medical school and residency can be a stressful, demanding time. These medical students share their insights and experiences, good and bad, in order to create a community of support and understanding for medical students everywhere.

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