I recently collected anecdotes from women in medicine who have noticed the same thing I’ve noticed: We’re not as comfortable here as our male counterparts. Despite progress, medicine remains a patriarchy -- an “old boy’s club” -- and the women in this world are frequently reminded of this status quo. In collecting these anecdotes, I’ve noticed two main themes for the type of advice and comments women receive. The first one speaks ...

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I pulled into my driveway at 1 in the morning after spending eight consecutive hours in the library. I shut the engine off and allowed the music to continue. And I didn’t move. And then I started to cry. Initially, I resisted the tears, then conceded to the overpowering emotions so desperate to escape. And for ten minutes, I sat in my dark car in the cold at 1 in the morning ...

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I failed a test in medical school. I got my score back and there it was: 57%. I wasn’t even close. I felt shocked, because I have never failed a test before. I felt embarrassed, because I was comparing myself to my peers. And I felt dumb. But the worst part about this experience wasn’t the fact that I got a low score — the worst part is the ...

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We are on the brink of a crisis-level physician shortage in the United States. How did we get here? And what can we do now? Jamie Katuna is a medical student.  She can be reached on Facebook.

On June 30th, a physician entered a hospital in New York City with an assault rifle. He killed one person, a physician, and wounded six others. He then set himself on fire and shot himself in the chest, dying by suicide. I, nor anybody else, knows this man’s motives or what was going on in his head. But one detail in the story stuck out to me. According to CNN, ...

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The data tells us when physicians run hospitals or clinics, those institutions have better health outcomes and higher employee satisfaction scores. So now, what do we do with that information? Watch and discuss. Jamie Katuna is a medical student.  She can be reached on Facebook.

Here are the top 10 things medical students want in a medical school. Thank you Jamie Katuna!

Physicians have the best job in the world. Sometimes that's hard to see, but let's not forget it. Thank you, Jamie Katuna.

In a few weeks, new medical school graduates will take their turns saying the words of the Hippocratic Oath. In theory: This is a noble tradition where they promise to fulfill their duties as wonderful physicians: Autonomous, wise, humble, prevention-focused, and active members of their communities. In reality: The health care system in which they’re entering makes it next to impossible to keep any of these commitments. It is a ...

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The Match is an algorithm that pairs medical school graduates with a residency so they can begin practicing as a physician. It was invented in 1952 when there were far more residency positions available than students graduating. Now, the opposite is true. Yet we use the same algorithm. The result? A significant portion of medical school graduates are left unemployed and with no place to go once they complete school (and have ...

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