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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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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