I can’t quite describe the feeling of sitting in the audience of my medical school graduation this past month. Among the rows of students anxiously awaiting the graduating class, I felt like an anomaly. When the newly minted doctors came down the aisle, my heart skipped a beat. The truth is I should have been in that processional. I should have been an MD by now. No, I didn’t flunk out ...

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Do you have to go to a top medical school in order to accomplish your dreams?  Premedical students ask these questions often.  It’s really a subset of the larger question which is “How do I choose which medical schools to apply to?” But back to the rankings.  In the Internet age, information is ubiquitous, and there’s always a new med school rank list being published by some authority. These rankings, in ...

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Throughout my first two years of medical school, I longed for the day when I would walk the halls of the medical center, running errands and accompanying my resident and attending physicians to our patients’ bedsides. In the meantime, my college roommates, who graduated with nursing degrees, often shared with me their own stories from the wards. They warned, “Don’t be one of those doctors that … ” Most of ...

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Holding a small bottle of soap and an even smaller wand, I painstakingly blew air through the small circle toward a shabby window in an even shabbier classroom. Bubbles rose and fell with the rhythms of my breath. I created a long chain of bubbles that eventually took over the room, and the hot and humid Panamanian sunlight dyed it the colors of the rainbow. I was on a medical service ...

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A commencement address to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Class of 2017. It is my great honor to give the commencement address for the UofL SOM class of 2017.  Twenty-eight years ago, I graduated from medical school, and I remember the overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment in finishing medical school, the relief of never having to study the Krebs cycle again, the excitement of moving to a different city ...

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Amidst the mid-morning rush at clinic, I’m saying goodbye to a patient whose visit just concluded. In the corner of my eye, I see a woman sitting in the area where patients wait after they have gotten their vitals. She is shifting continuously in her seat. Suddenly, the woman springs up out of her chair and walks toward the nurses’ station. The patient I am speaking with remarks, “Oh! Wonder ...

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A transcript of the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine 2017 commencement speech, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Angela Jiang: Good morning! As the class vice president, it is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Pamela Wible to our graduation. Dr. Wible is a family physician and a pioneer in the ideal medical care movement. After completing a family medicine residency and working in different family practices for over ten years, Dr. Wible ...

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The Match. The happiest time of any medical student's life. Years of hard work culminating into one moment of affirmation. It's enough to bring any student, proud family and friends to tears. That is unless you find the daunting words pictured below:

Match Results: We are sorry, you did not match to any position.
Though I wish and hope that no one else has to see this screen, reality is in 2016 ...

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Every summer, medical schools around the country give out clean, crisp, new white coats. On the shoulder is the school’s signature emblem, with the new medical student’s name neatly etched above the pocket. A White Coat Ceremony commences where established physicians gown the new generation of doctors. It is a treasured, picturesque, and proud time. The ceremony ends with taking the Hippocratic Oath including the well-known verse “do no harm.” ...

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To the graduating medical school class of 2017: Welcome to the profession. Many of you will be moving, planning long vacations, and preparing for your life as a medical resident. Right now, you're probably furiously reviewing handbooks on being a medical intern as you sit on a beach. (Or, like me, promising yourself you will — right after you finish "The Fault in Our Stars.") Forgive me, but I have something to add ...

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