I just stepped out of the administrative building at medical school and hear a big commotion. I look over and see an elderly male slouched on the ground bleeding profusely from his mouth and nose.  Blood is soaking the front of his collared shirt and pooling on the ground. Bystanders are making a scene and not sure what to do. I drop the items I'm carrying and calmly approach the man and ...

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shutterstock_141411661 I didn’t really notice him standing in line. But how could I? Hundreds of kids came through the high school gym yesterday. His turn for the heart and lung portion of the high school sports physical had come. He said he was going to play baseball and basketball. How could he with that arm he carried so carefully? I am not ...

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shutterstock_164925521 I keep getting served a Facebook ad from the American Association of Medical Colleges imploring me to ask politicians to fund residency training for medical school graduates.  The link leads to a webpage with neat graphics and a series of well-designed cartoons dramatizing an ominous shortage of 90,000 doctors expected to occur by 2025. Now, the notion of “doctor shortage” by itself is meaningless. ...

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An excerpt form Baby City: An Inside Look into Labor & Delivery. I am going to make this medical student cry. I don’t know how I know it, but somehow I can sense it. I know it the second she walks into the resident room on labor and delivery at Cadence ...

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I was volunteering at one of the free clinics associated with my medical school last weekend, and while teaching a medical student how to sew a cut, he queried, "That is an interesting technique, who taught you how to suture? Are you a surgeon?" "I am actually a radiologist," I replied. "To answer your first question, I was actually taught this by an obstetrician during my third year of medical school." Puzzled, ...

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shutterstock_150587615 A response to "You’re a medical student. And it’s so obvious why." We don’t even have to ask, and we can tell by the bags under your eyes. It’s so obvious that you are a medical student. References in every pocket of your short white coat, pulling down on your shoulders until you hunch over. You force yourself to stand up straight ...

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During my family medicine rotation, my very first clinical clerkship of medical school, I received the assignment of making a home visit to one of my preceptor’s patients -- a man I will call Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones had congestive heart failure, COPD, and a barrage of other chronic health problems. He was a pleasant gentleman, but had a low level of health literacy and had been doing a poor job ...

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shutterstock_277822496 There he stood at our beach party, the family doctor I grew up admiring. I timidly approached his circle of friends to announce I had gotten into medical school and would start in the fall. He stopped to attention. His friends stood watching. I couldn’t conceal my smile. I thought, “He is going to be so excited for me!” “Get out now.” ...

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“Write your name on the paper,” he said. Since he was a senior who’d just gotten into medical school, and I was a simple sophomore who’d chosen to attend the session, I did. “Now write Dr. in front of it.” I complied. “If you’re reading that and you don’t feel anything, medicine isn’t for you,” he said. I looked at it again, my name with a Dr. in front of ...

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As a freshman in college, I helped my aunt with her obstetric appointments to try and see what it meant to be an obstetrician. After her delivery, I asked her OB about her college majors, and she told me she majored in history. The next week, I signed up to start my history minor. Was that mentorship? No. Granted, having a liberal arts background has been extremely helpful in my medical ...

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