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:

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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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For the first two years of medical school, everything was all about us. Day one was our white coat ceremony. Our family and friends traveled from near and far to come celebrate our achievements; the school gifted us stethoscopes and white coats to mark the beginning of our journeys. We had already accomplished amazing feats to get here, we were told, and we were expected to continue to do great things. ...

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Here are some questions that are still on my mind as I approach the tail end of my chief year. I’m thinking about the best ways to offer constructive feedback.

  • What is the best way to approach a struggling learner?
  • What is the best way to give guidance and feedback without being perceived as a tyrant or overbearing?
  • How can I maximize the potential of my team members and the trainees ...

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I was walking home from classes last week when I ran into a few friends from my medical school class sitting outside at a local bar. I was done for the evening, so I pulled up a chair, ordered a beer, and joined the conversation. They were talking about the wards. I’ve been on a year off since we’d all been third-year medical students together, so it was fun to ...

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The ACGME recently formally increased its work-hour limits for resident physicians, a change that was widely covered in the press.| This decision has also been significantly misreported.  While it may seem like all residents will now work for longer hours, in reality, only first-year interns will be allowed to work longer 24-hour shifts, where the previous maximum was 16 ...

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It was 5:30 a.m., and I could barely contain my excitement. I was almost done with my clinical rotations. I had worked tirelessly to improve my medical knowledge and spent hours mastering my clinical skills. Now, as I was nearing the end of my third year of medical school, I felt more than ready for what lay ahead. I walked into my patient’s room. As she slept, I examined the lines and ...

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sonder - noun. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.” – from the "Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows," a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. I followed the chaplain into the patient briefing room, not quite sure what to expect. The room was dimly lit. The overhead lights were off, and only one small lamp gave off a weak glow, with ...

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He could not stand Legs weak from the wasting effects of a cruel disease Stripping him of his manhood Denying him his future He could not eat His mouth cracked and dry Saliva having made an untimely exit from his personhood Unable to return again He could no longer dream He would say As I stared at him Longing to do more than hope that his pain patch Would lessen the pain of not just dying but of knowing one is dying. When ...

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