As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about how I wish I had time to exercise more. It's my 7th week as an intern, and I have only gone on a run once in that time (a 2.5 mile run last week in 25:30 -- pitiful considering that two months ago I was running 8-10 miles at least once a week). I got to thinking about ...

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I have been thinking a lot over the last few weeks about all the many ways that the experience of medical school has changed me. The most obvious is knowledge. I've drunk from the proverbial "firehose" of information that we experience in medical school, and apparently enough of the facts stuck with me to pass all my exams, and secure myself a residency program back in my home state of California. ...

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For the last 3 weeks, I've been working as a sub-intern on the family practice inpatient service in one of the local hospitals. It's been quite a time! I've sure been kept busy, but learning a lot and seeing a lot. With a moment of downtime, I wanted to share a reflection I had yesterday. We're all familiar with the glamorous "saves" in medicine. It's the car accident victim that undergoes ...

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My attending doctor (a neurologist) and I were sitting at the nurses' station discussing a patient who had presented with a seizure when his pager beeped. "Hold on, I have to call this in", he said. I listened to snippets of the conversation. "How long has he been like that?" "How far away is the helicopter?" "Alright, let me run to my office and set up my equipment." He hung up ...

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I realized last week one of the hardest mindset transitions that I'm having to make as a medical student. It has to do with not really feeling like I belong, and the need to really make my patients ... well, MY patients! As a medical student, you can actually function reasonably well without ever having to actually see a patient. You can read ...

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