Very few are as starkly aware of the transience of life as those working in the healthcare profession. We are expected to be, for want of a better word, immune to it; as if each death we face is somehow a vaccine that will eventually, with regular booster doses, provide us with enough immunity to be resistant to the Grim Reaper. We spend years studying, arming ourselves with pages and pages ...

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We are sorry, you did not match to any position. – NRMP Staff Despite more than one-quarter-million dollars in tuition and expenses at a top-notch medical school, several of my classmates received that stark e-mail on Monday. Most quickly began the SOAP (the new “scramble”) to find an unfilled position. Although many factors influence whether a medical student finds success in The Match, this week’s results suggest to me that the ...

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Looking back on the first three years of medical school, it’s hard to imagine living through the endless days of studying again. Weekends were spent cooped up in the library and there were countless holidays that I wasn’t able to spend with my family. Instead, they were spent memorizing indecent aspects of the human anatomy and performing DREs on strangers. There are better ways to get to know a person ...

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My wife and I met in medical school. Both of us went “straight through”: going from high school to college to med school. So, like most of you, we are as educated as it gets. But when our daughter reached "school age," we decided to homeschool her. My son who is two years younger followed in his big sister’s footsteps, and so now, we are homeschooling both of our children. Unlike our ...

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After undergrad, and before starting medical school, I worked for two years as scribe in the emergency department. I followed emergency physicians and completed their charts as they saw patients. I would also remind the physicians of various tasks to complete, alert them of abnormal lab values and pull up x-rays to be interpreted. One of the reasons I wanted the job was to gain experience in medicine, first as a ...

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I never realized before how much work goes on behind the scenes to prepare and conduct these interview days, but I sure do now. As a Chief Resident, I schedule residents to attend the applicant dinners, lunches, and tours, and to spend time with the applicants our lounge. This makes the actual interview days go by much smoother, because two of us are present at all times to speak to applicants and answer any ...

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Suzie remembers what it felt like to be fifteen. She can still hear the creek of the steps leading to the third floor and the quaint finished bedroom that housed her grandmother that fateful summer. Originally, Grandma was set to move into the small room next to Suzie's parents. But after his first night in the attic, Billy refused to set foot up there again. So Dad lovingly wrapped Grandma in ...

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shutterstock_133751096 Every year medical school applicants feel confused and in the dark about why they have been rejected by medical schools. They do not understand what they did wrong or what they need to do differently when they reapply. Whether you are a premedical student trying to make sure to “do everything right” or a medical school applicant who has not yet ...

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Like many of my colleagues, I teach and supervise students, residents, nurses, and respiratory therapists. I’m also the medical director of a PICU. Overall, I’ve been teaching and doing administration for over 30 years. And, like most of my colleagues, I never received any formal instruction at all in how to do these things. To some extent I got help from my own mentors, primarily by watching what they did, ...

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One of the things I have come to really enjoy and appreciate is the opportunity to interview the subjects of my articles and multimedia pieces. In a way, being a reporter reminds me a lot of being a physician-in-training - both roles require me to go into a room, learn an individual's story inside out, and present the learned information for a further goal. In my Public Issues Reporting class, the ...

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