At the moment, I should be studying for my first round of boards, but there is something I can’t get off my mind: sacrifice. If you ask a medical student what they have had to sacrifice to study medicine, the list could go on for days. It could be small things like watching their favorite teams play or being caught up on current events. But more than likely we will list ...

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Whenever someone asks me what year of medical school I am currently in, I answer that I am a "four-out-of-five." To those outside the milieu of Stanford Medicine, this is an odd response -- four-out-of-five of what? But at Stanford, this is common parlance to refer to students taking a gap year after our third year of medical school. Some would reasonably bemoan my choice to take a research year as ...

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I worked with someone (not a physician, but that doesn’t really matter here) whose title was “assistant director.” He and I quickly recognized that we worked well together: His head brimmed with big visions and ideas, whereas my head brimmed with plans as to how to make those ideas manifest in the actual world. “He’s like a bunch of balloons,” I quipped to a colleague. “He’s got a ton of ideas ...

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Every doctor and doctor-in-training has a particular thing that drew them toward a career in medicine. Whether it is an interest in science, a passion for service and helping others, a family role model, or a combination of the above, there are many ways to spark interest in the field. From my own experiences and conversations, I've found that finding inspiration to enter a career in medicine is rarely a ...

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A couple weeks ago, I called up my family and non-med-school friends: "For the next couple months, pretend like I'm backpacking in the Himalayas," I said. Pretend, I stressed, because, in reality, I don't even intend to leave Palo Alto much in the coming months. I've now entered one of the most-dreaded phases of med school: preparing for the first licensing exam, Step 1. During this time -- which can last as long ...

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One of the most common experiences faced by a medical student is being asked for health care advice from a friend or family member. My initial reaction to these questions is usually something along the lines of, "Are you sure you want to be asking me that? I'm not even a doctor yet!" This is especially true when the question is about something that I'm not particularly experienced in (which, ...

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I’ve finally stopped thinking about the process of getting into medical school. But with friends going through the application cycle, waiting on and making decisions, I’ve been reflecting on my process and remembering just how terrible the whole thing felt. To offer some support to those going through it, I wanted to confess a few things. These confessions feel silly and small in retrospect, but I hope they’ll help at least one ...

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In 2015, I began having in-depth conversations with directors of service, students, and residents about their educational needs. I asked, “What do you need? How can the library budget help you to solve your problems?”

Everyone was thrilled to have this conversation.

My goal was to purchase resources that the clinicians would use, and so I wanted to answer the following questions: Who would use them? ...

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It is honorable to fight a battle in the face of an inevitable ending while not knowing when that end may come. First day of third year — the year most medical students take a sigh of relief as they put their Step 1 book on the shelf and prepare to face the wards: I happened to draw the short straw by having my surgical rotation first, one that often brings an ...

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Doctors are life long learners. The feedback to read more is often heard by medical students and residents in their quest to acquire the knowledge to understand health and disease processes and direct patient care. With so many demands on a resident and early career physician’s time, how do you make the most of the directive to read more? During residency training and throughout your medical career, the patient case mix ...

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