I am blessed to love being a doctor.  As the child of two physicians, and the fifth generation of physicians in my family, I had no choice but to go to medical school.  But from the first day of medical school, I loved it.  What a privilege, to know how the human body works! And I didn’t think medical school was particularly fun: I thought it was hard. The first ...

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"Code fifty-two, emergency room.  Code fifty-two, emergency room," blared over the loud speaker in the hospital.  Simultaneously a chorus of beepers went off, like crickets on a sticky summer day. I glanced down at my pager that echoed the same message "CODE 52, EMERGENCY ROOM."  The same message flashed across the screen three more times as I ran quickly down the main hallway.  Code 52 meant trauma.  I was about to ...

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What is holding you back from pursuing a career in medicine? What keeps you from going in 100 percent? Have doubts crept into your life and destroyed your premed dream? Is there someone whispering in your ear that you are not good enough or this is the wrong career option for you? There are many misconceptions about doctors and often times these are perpetuated by individuals who have never walked in a ...

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When I started medical school, I was most excited to start learning again. Having spent the last couple years as a teacher in a classroom, I sorely missed the experience of being the student. Reflecting on my college days, I missed the intellectual conversations generated in our seminars, hours poring over literature under dimly lit alcoves of the library; even the far-too-frequent all-nighters spent hashing through complex biochemical pathways with ...

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In the 2014 Forbes article “How A Nobel Economist Ruined The Residency Matching System For Newly Minted MD’s,” Amy Ho argues the way we place new medical school graduates into residency positions needs to be reassessed. She calculated the cost of applying to residency to be greater than $7,500 when taking into account loans and interest. If you have not participated in the U.S. medical educational industrial complex, ...

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Did you know that the majority of medical schools only interview about 15 to 20 percent of the applicants that submit an application to that school? Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for instance, had 8,138 people apply for entrance. 1,324 were interviewed. That's only 16.27 percent of the applicants. If you have an interview, that means that the medical school likes you well enough to give you one of their coveted ...

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Recent events seem to be signaling an increasing sentiment toward hitting the metaphorical “pause button” on immigration or perhaps even adopting more anti-immigrant postures in the US and in many other places around the world. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its deadlocked non-decision in United States v. Texas, No. 15-674 which will prevent Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents or DAPA from ...

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A letter to my nephew, who is just starting residency. There will be days ahead when patients will bring you their most prized and flawed possessions -- their broken bodies, their flagging spirits, their waning hope.  They will wonder: "Can I get back to my loved ones, my life, my dreams?  Will you help me? Do you care?" You will not have all the answers, though you will have read a forest ...

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A few months ago, I was on my general surgery rotation on the colorectal service as a medical student. It was in the late afternoon that we started a case of a robotic rectopexy to repair a rectal prolapse. Our patient was a kind and warm 89-year-old woman. The operation finished without a hitch. As we undocked the da Vinci machine, the resident and I began to suture closed the multiple ...

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The question, asked to me by a new first-year medical student, seemed simple enough: “There are a lot of different types of reflex hammers out there -- which one should I buy?” As with so many things in medicine, however, I knew that my answer wouldn’t be so straightforward. As I prepared to answer, I flashed back to one of my first days in medical school, when one of my clinical ...

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