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Interview with Dr. Bryan Vartabedian

Interview with Dr. Bryan Vartabedian

As medicine moves into the 21st century, how will medical education adapt? Also, what is digital literacy, and what does it mean for the physician of tomorrow? Today, we have Dr. Bryan Vartabedian from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. When he’s not doing scopes as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Vartabedian blogs about...
For You Bike Commuters: Six Things I Learned From Two Wheels

For You Bike Commuters: Six Things I Learned From Two Wheels

Let me start off by saying that I don’t think of myself as a hardcore cyclist: I don’t own multiple bikes, I am not on Strava, and I don’t own a single cycling kit or jersey. In fact, outside of my commute to the hospitals, errand runs and trips to friends’ places, I don’t really...

Global Research Collaboration at the Upcoming International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS)

Health care is a topic of universal interest and has global relevance. It is paramount to have platforms for medical students to share ideas , to network, and to engage with research innovations on an international scale. When these platforms are student-initiated, they are more effective at fostering intellectual curiosity in future doctors and better...

Ward Wonders

The echo of heartbeats near the newfound graves, With the first breath of life and the last sigh of death Waving to each other in the night. Birthdays and funerals march along in unison, doors apart. Faces in scrubs rise and set with the sun, While those stuck in bed can only change their gowns,...
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....
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