shutterstock_167355368 If you had asked me 15 years ago what I wanted to be when I "grow up," a doctor was definitely not a thought in my mind. I wasn’t bred at a young age to become a physician by the ancestors that walked before me, nor did I desire to go through that much schooling before I could enter the real ...

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A new doctor, fresh out of a top residency and fellowship, wants all the right things at the wrong time. She wants to be busy, with lots of patients, operating every day. In fact, it is better not be busy, and instead to think long and hard about each patient, listening, pausing, recommending non-operative treatments and being patient. Doctors learn the most from the patients they take the time to truly ...

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Black-Cloud-revised Everyone who went through medical school recognizes who the black cloud was on their team. James Chang is a radiologist and author of Oh Doctor, The Places You Will Go… He blogs at Poor MD and can be reached on Facebook.

shutterstock_253531033 I have received many questions on this topic from medical students so I thought I would share my thoughts on choosing the right medical specialty for you. I hope you find this helpful. 1. Relax. The medical degree offers more flexibility than any other graduate degree. Even if you realize your selected specialty no longer fits you there are multiple areas your degree ...

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shutterstock_115412092 At my institution, we have a decades-old tradition known as Girls’ Night Out.  Once a year, the female surgical attendings treat the female general surgery residents to a night out at a fancy North End restaurant.  At its infancy, in the late 1970s, the dinner consisted of the only two female members of the department of general surgery.  It has since ...

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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been classically described as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”  At first look, this well-accepted approach to clinical medicine appears not only completely reasonable, but also somewhat obvious given the immense amount of research available for academic consumption. EBM has been repeatedly preached as the gold standard of clinical care across all medical ...

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shutterstock_153221729 I recently gave two talks at my residency program, one on health care innovation and another on intimate partner violence. I know little about each topic, but my goal as presenter was merely to know more than each person in the room. To require residents to give talks as newly-minted “experts” on topics creates a paradox of generating both anxiety and ...

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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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“It’s good to see you brother!” I had never met this man, but I knew exactly what he was talking about. With a large smile on his face and a look of pride, he extended his arm to give me a handshake. “There aren’t too many of us doing what you do. I’m glad we got some representation in here.” I am a black man in the medical field. When I ...

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shutterstock_166178981 At a recent block party, neighbors asked me questions about the life of a resident. It amazed me how little the general public still knows about the hours a resident works. Over the years, TV shows have shed some light on what the experience of a resident is like, although none are quite realistic, but it is hard to appreciate from ...

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