Education

Learning to love primary care via an emergency department rotation

by Stella Safo

It is Saturday night at an Emergency Department (ED) in Boston, MA and I am faced with a medical student’s dream dilemma: which one of the many interesting cases should I observe? Should I watch trauma surgeons operate on the 17-year-old gunshot victim or work with the ED docs to assess whether a 59-year-old woman is having an acute stroke?

That is exactly what …

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Smart money tips for young doctors and medical students

Adapted from Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back.

by Kimberly Palmer

Young professionals today aren’t exactly known for our financial expertise. Dubbed “generation debt,” we’re stereotyped as over-spending shopaholics, easily enticed by credit cards, lattes, and the latest smartphone. But that reputation, it turns out, isn’t fair.

Yes, we have more student loan debt than previous generations, and average credit card debt among twenty-five- to thirty-four-year-olds …

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If you’re in medicine, you’re in politics

by Nicholas J. Rohrhoff

Each generation of physicians has no choice but to take on the responsibility of learning the science of medicine – how best to care for patients.  But current circumstances dictate that we must also bear the burden of developing policy that creates the best system in which to provide that care.

Creation of a 21st century American healthcare system will require engagement and …

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Confidence in a student’s ability to become a competent physician

by Timothy Dempsey

Looking in the mirror before heading out the door for my first patient encounter, I slouched. Something looked off. I had on my new, absurdly short white coat complemented nicely by the equally as new black stethoscope draped around my neck; yet the way I looked wasn’t the problem. It was the way I felt. No matter how well I dressed the part …

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Alternative medicine and osteopathic medical education

by Tayson DeLengocky, DO

There has been a growing public interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in recent years. Osteopathic manipulative therapy, a form of physical manipulation of the body for improvement of health and body function, has been designated as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to data reported in 2007 by the National Institutes of Health’s …

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