As I sit here today, I think about the future and how life will be ten years from now. There seems to be an illusion that when you finish your residency and you start to be an attending that your life magically becomes better and that you have a lot higher quality of living. However, what I have found going through this process is that the dream may not be ...

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In medical school, the lessons and stories have a unifying theme that connects the threads of humanity. In medicine, I could find these stories, the feelings of loss and fear and hope and love. In the face of illness, suffering, and death, we often see the unvarnished sides of the human condition — the more raw sides of our nature hidden behind the decorum of everyday living, behind the curations ...

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I had the honor and privilege of rotating for three weeks on the transplant service where I experienced a lot of great medicine, surgery and the ethics that intertwines them.  One late night on service I had the opportunity to travel to a different hospital and help the team harvest a liver and kidneys from a donor.  Never had I seen anything more amazing than what I witnessed that night ...

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I’m about two-thirds of the way through my 3rd year of medical school, and I have hit my wall. I have become so fed up with the set up of medical school. I think a decent amount of this comes from the fact I am on my 6th week of an eight-week surgery clerkship (an area of medicine that I literally have zero interest in). I’m tired of waking up ...

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The contrast between the first two years and last two years of medical school are unparalleled to any other graduate field of study. You progress through a period of relentless studying through case-based, team-based, and lecture-based curriculums for two years with very little, if any, patient interaction. Afterwards, the script flips and you’re staring nervously at your first patient trying to channel interpersonal skills that sat on the backburner during ...

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Medical school rotations afforded me incredible opportunities to bolster not only my knowledge base but also my patient-related skills. The following information has helped me provide better patient care; hopefully, it can be of some benefit to you as well. 1. Safety and no violence are not synonymous During one of my outpatient rotations, I was interviewing a teenager who had come in for a routine annual checkup. Ten minutes into the ...

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Somehow, I made it to my 4th year of medical school before I saw my first code blue. I had no experience in emergency medicine before medical school, and my chosen specialty is about as far from critical care as you can get. It wasn’t until my rotation in the emergency department that I got the chance to absorb what it means to care for an emergently sick patient. I was on ...

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When my classmates and I returned to Boston to continue our first year of medical school early last month, we returned to a very different type, of course, called “Essentials of the Profession.” In it, we explored health policy, social medicine, ethics, and other topics outside the realm of traditional physiology and disease but just as important to our roles as physicians. In the health policy class, we learned about ...

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Physicians face a host of challenges in practice, but the one that looms largest is often this — they don't know everything. It would be tempting to think that they do. As patients, we want them to. We want our doctors to tell us that they know what's wrong and how to fix it. Medical mysteries are fun on television, but in our real lives, they're profoundly unsettling and can have ...

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Besides the usual suspects of money, religion, and politics, there is nothing more uncomfortable to discuss than the biggest reality of all: death. You would think that the medical community — a community bathed in this unfortunate reality — would be more willing to engage in vital discussions regarding the end of life. However, this is seldom the case. During the neurology portion of our medical curriculum, a panel of lecturers ...

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