I have reached a new milestone in my medical training—third year—the year when we transition from the classroom into the hospital, from the preclinical to the clinical curriculum. Those who have come before me understand that this is a major turning point in one’s medical education where the theory and memorizing from the first two years is put into play in order to manage patients with complex conditions. It is an ...

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I recently took an exam focused on the pathophysiology and clinical risks factors of cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. Atherosclerosis, hypertension, and smoking were all there, front and center. Ironically enough, since it was the final exam of our first year of medical school, the instructors decided to reward us with dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts to enjoy during the exam. ...

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I recently worked a shift at one of the free, student run clinics here in Palo Alto. Compared to a previous shift a while back, today was quite calm with a manageable flow of patients. In fact, the number of volunteer hands far outnumbered the number of patients so I wondered if my services were even necessary. Should I duck out early to go work on one of the four problem ...

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