As intern year winds down and all of the giddy 4th year medical students are shelling out 200 dollars to rent that a robe for one day of pomp and circumstance, all of us interns are impatiently waiting for the fresh meat to arrive. Having just experienced every single emotion under the psychological rainbow this year, I am going to give a ...

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by Kimberly Every one of us who practices family medicine has had to defend our chosen profession against a myriad of antagonists. As mentioned in the post, Family Medicine is a Waste of Your Talent, we are sometimes told that we are too smart to pursue family medicine. Other topics range from salary comparisons between specialties to scope of practice. I’ve been told on many occasions ...

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"I just want to learn the abdomen and the pelvis", I thought to myself, while staring at our donor's metastasized body. Nothing looked normal, tumor was everywhere, and for the 4th lab my group looked at each other, looked at the lab steps, and concluded it was going to be "just another day where we just ... found what we could find and did ... ...

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I recently had quite a long conversation with a college senior that was just accepted into medical school for this coming fall. As a rising fourth year medical student myself, I would like to think that I have navigated the waters of academia and figured out both efficient paths to success and avoidance of roadblocks and setbacks. ...

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Here's some advice to think about before starting clinical rotations during the third year of medical school. Don’t sit in the back of the plane The basic sciences are important to learn the vocabulary and grammar of medicine.  Clinical rotations are different – it’s where you actually learn to be a physician.   If you use the analogy of learning to fly, ...

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I went off to medical school thirty-seven years ago. For the era, I went to what folks regarded as a very progressive place. It had a curriculum that was quite revolutionary for the time. Among other things, we started having interactions with actual patients during our first year, rather than the third year, as was traditional then. These days many, probably most, medical schools ...

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Armed with tools I have never used or seen before I entered a physical exam practice room for the first day of learning. Having finished history-taking practices last semester, we were now beginning a new chapter, learning to take a head-to-toe physical exam. Before class began, we were told to read a book and ...

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Why does health care seem to lag behind other industries in innovation? There's a temptation to manufacture reasons that don't necessarily explain why health care has not seen the kinds of revolutionary changes evident in industries from computing and telecommunications to music and retail? People routinely marvel at how easy it is to manage their bank account these days, but they don't appreciate continuing to wait hours in their doctors' offices, ...

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by James Lamberg When medical students are applying for residency positions, what do program directors care about most? This may become the ultimate question for many students on clinical rotations. Thankfully, publications exist to help answer this very problem. Unfortunately, many students are not aware of this published information. In a 2005 article from Medical Education Online titled “Residency Selection ...

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by Kristine Casal The moment you get accepted to medical school, you never really think about how everything is going to be different. You figure everything’s going to stay the way they are, with the exception of the inevitable long and laborious hours of studying day and night. You don’t think about how much time you won’t have ...

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