The Match is an algorithm that pairs medical school graduates with a residency so they can begin practicing as a physician. It was invented in 1952 when there were far more residency positions available than students graduating. Now, the opposite is true. Yet we use the same algorithm. The result? A significant portion of medical school graduates are left unemployed and with no place to go once they complete school (and have ...

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I’m entitled and lazy A whiny little baby I’m a disgraceful human in general Because I am a millennial And people say we are the worst Always putting ourselves first We should get a real job and settle down But our priorities are reversed Every old generation Thinks the new one is mistaken And so every new generation Is made fun of and hated This old adage has been true for ages so Just embrace it Because we dictate the future We are powerful ...

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The surgeon told me: "No offense, but girls really aren’t cut out for this work. They’re too fragile. They get too emotional. It’s not your fault; it’s biological." Yes -- health care is sexist. And it is racist. And just like our country, it is divided. Brilliant people face an uphill battle against prejudice as they work to become healers. Abuse within the system is rarely punished or even noticed. This has to ...

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Physicians are not robots. The health care system (and the corporate world in general) turns idealistic students into jaded and cynical professionals. They become small pieces in a profit-obsessed machine. They count down the days until retirement. We have to beat this system. And to do that, we must protect at all costs our humanity and creativity. We have to challenge the notion of how a doctor “should” be by embracing ...

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Jamie Katuna continues her mission of debunking health myths.

In what has been called the “opioid epidemic,” we talk a lot about two groups of people: 1. Patients who try to con their physician to get an opioid prescription, and 2. Physicians who capitalize on these patients by creating “pill-mill” clinics (that dispense opioids generously). This narrative results in top-down regulations that restrict the relationship between physicians and patients everywhere. Doctors are often blamed for the problem, so new guidelines target them. ...

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Going outside in cold weather gives you a cold? Eating turkey makes you sleepy? Gum stays in your stomach for seven years? Separate these myths and more from truths. Jamie Katuna is a medical student.  She can be reached on Facebook.

Imagine training for ten years in an environment that is abusive, isolating, and stressful. Imagine going $250,000 into debt for that training. And imagine that at the end of all this, you have a 50 percent chance of being unsatisfied with your job. This is the path for physicians in this country. But why should it matter to everybody else? First, the short term: Quality of care will decrease. When the person in ...

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I will not argue that drugs are “bad” and holistic care is “good.” I have seen the way medications can transform a person’s life for the better, and I could never invalidate the experience of someone living with mental illness. But I will argue vehemently that holistic, preventive, and integrative health measures should come first, and medication should be used as a secondary option. The current structure of psychiatry -- ...

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If we, as a country, focused on and invested in prevention as the basis for health care, the system in the United States would be transformed. However, the physicians who provide primary care services tend to have the least status and are paid lower than other specialties. They are often mandated to do tasks and paperwork that are burdensome, time-consuming, and unrelated to their skills as a physician or their ...

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