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Run, Walk, or Diet? Insights into Exercise Science

Run, Walk, or Diet? Insights into Exercise Science

During the respiration unit of my undergraduate anatomy class, one of my students asked about differences in lung volume, and the effects of “being a runner” versus someone who does not exercise as regularly. While it is widely accepted that regular exercise can improve inspiratory capacity, the diverse impact of exercise on hormone levels and...
On Wednesdays, Gram Negative Bacteria Wear Pink

On Wednesdays, Gram Negative Bacteria Wear Pink

A web comic aiming to shine a creative and Rather Humerus spotlight on med school.
The Exam Room Cloud

The Exam Room Cloud

Last spring, I saw my first real patient. The plan was to go into an exam room and take the history and physical of a real patient who had graciously offered to sacrifice half of his day. A doctor would watch everything and give feedback. The intimidating fact that I was being monitored made me...
Kalla

Kalla

How can doctors-in-training allow their personal experiences with the health care system shape their own practice? Kalla, a second-year medical student in New York, describes how witnessing her father benefit from the addition of meditation and acupuncture to his cancer treatment inspired her to incorporate an integrative approach to her own self-care and future practice....
Interview with Dr. Zubin Damania

Interview with Dr. Zubin Damania

What is it like being a superstar comedian in medicine, recovering from burnout, and starting a new model of health care delivery in Las Vegas? More importantly, what do Gangnam Style and Tupac Shakur have to do with medicine? I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Zubin Damania, a former hospitalist, comedian and...
Life after the Ph.D. (with the M.D. Still to Go)

Life after the Ph.D. (with the M.D. Still to Go)

As an MD/PhD student, I’ve always understood that the training process would be neither easy nor brief. After five years as a biochemistry graduate student, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation and earned a PhD in July. In August, I’ll be a full-time medical student, with three more years of medical school to go. As I’ve wrapped...
A Med Student's Biggest Privilege

A Med Student’s Biggest Privilege

Two interesting opinion pieces published a few months ago inspired me write this column: one from Tal Fortgang, a Princeton freshman defending his “white man privilege,” and another from Max Ritvo explaining what exactly that white man’s privilege is. To summarize their points, the former author laments that his academic success is shadowed by society attributing...

Reflections on the First Year of Medical School

It’s almost been a full (calendar) year since medical school began. I’m officially a second-year medical student — and this year’s been a momentous one. As I look back on it, here’s some of the things that I learnt along the way. Fire hose: Med school really is like a firehose you’re supposed to drink from....

Mnemonics: Overused in Medical Education?

MAD: mnemonics are dangerous. Like many of the concepts taught today in medical school, this opening phrase is an oversimplification of a complicated idea.
Rural Appalachia: A Medical Mission in Our Own Backyard

Rural Appalachia: A Medical Mission in Our Own Backyard

Belize for the summer, Africa for spring break, the Philippines during winter break, and the list of medical mission opportunities goes on and on at most medical schools. Now, don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love mission trips and all of the great work that certain groups like the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and other...
Hemlock Societies

Hemlock Societies

Mr. Lacey was irate, to say the least, as he rattled off a list of his symptoms. Constant pain. Nausea. Dizziness. Numbness. Weakness. Fatigue bordering on exhaustion. He said he had been spending most of the day in bed and had become dependent on his wife and children for basic daily tasks. “I’m serious, Doc....
8 Ways to Strive for Health and Wellness in Medical School

8 Ways to Strive for Health and Wellness in Medical School

Whether you are embarking on your Step 1 studying journey or starting your clerkship, it is absolutely essential to maintain your health and well-being throughout medical school. It can be very easy to get caught up in the flow of studying lectures or rounding on patients. Even though it may seem convenient to go for...
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