The Differential
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August 15, 2017

Considering Dialysis

The first time I walked into a dialysis unit was 3 years ago. What I remember most were the colors. The stark white floors. The dark blood going through tubes. The colors explained my thoughts to me when I couldn't process them alone. This was the first time I saw blood that looked maroon rather than bright red, its hue casting a gloominess that weighed down the room. Blood that is bright red, the color of firetrucks, that's vivacious blood. But blood that is darkened, that is weary blood, static blood. As weary as the people who bravely march in there every other day and then march back out to get on with their lives. 

When blood goes through the dia...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

August 15, 2017

My Organ Transplantation Rotation

I was a bit nervous going into my surgery rotation because it is simply a known fact that surgery tends to be one of the more demanding rotations. I heard about how you must get to the hospital at an absurdly early hour before the sun comes up and leave long after the sun...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

August 14, 2017

Halfway Done With Medical School

This time of year is a time of transitions. Graduating students and residents are leaving, and new students and interns roam the halls (looking lost). Even for those who stay put, it is a time to transition from one year to the next, and all of the change that can entail....

Posted By: Alina Khurgel  

August 13, 2017

Awkwardly Asking an Attending for a Letter

In this 4-week rotation, we have one attending covering the first half and another covering the second half. As a student actively looking for an attending from which to get a letter, I had to think hard about which attending to ask. Asking the second one has the advantag...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

August 12, 2017

Medical Schools Outside the United States

Ever wondered what it is like to go to medical school somewhere that is not the United States? What is it like? Is the education any good? As an American who is pursuing medical education outside the United States, I can share my experience.  

The internation...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

August 12, 2017

Can You Become a Five-Star Doctor?

What makes the difference between a good doctor and an excellent doctor? Or better said: How can a medical student become a 5-star doctor? I asked around at my medical school to get an idea of what medical students at different stages think are the characteristics of a 5-...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

August 12, 2017

The Doctor as Detective

Currently, I'm in the middle of the second rotation of my third year. So far, life is far better than what preceded the clinical years of my medical education. The learning is constant, you're in an environment you've wanted to be in since the pre-med years, and you're wo...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

August 11, 2017

Life as a (Soon-to-be) Resident

What a change just a few months can have on your life. Three months ago, I was in the middle of prepping for Step 1; two months ago, I took it. Walking out of the exam was like entering a brand-new world (one where I'd never have to answer a question on the Krebbs' Cycle ...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

August 6, 2017

How to Consult With Physicians as a Med Student

As a medical student, making a phone call to another physician in the hospital is a scary thing. It probably shouldn't be, but it still is to me. I am still figuring out how to concisely summarize the situation, deliver my question succinctly, and be prepared for any ques...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 30, 2017

A Moment of Rest

After my USMLE Step 2 earlier this week, I had a few days to rest. I was able to spend some time catching up with friends, run errands for my family, visit my grandparents, and sit down to watch television. I was watching a Korean show about a famous K-Pop star who moved ...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

 
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    New Jersey Medical School

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    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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    Temple University School of Medicine

    Philadelphia, PA

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    O&Med School of Medicine|Havard Developed Pilot Program

     

 
 


 
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