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Sam

Sam

How can doctors-in-training navigate uncomfortable encounters with physicians of different generations and genders? Sam, a third-year medical student, shares her experience receiving inappropriate advances from an older male doctor, and reflects on the range of responses she could have made.

My Center in Medical School

Jack Frost, what is your center? It seems a little simple – even childish – coming from a character-driven, family-friendly animation, but this line struck a reflective chord within me. Much like the Guardians in the children’s movie “Jack Frost” who protect the innocence and happiness of children, physicians protect and heal people who are...

Stethoscope

I came to be in 1816, Before then I was never seen.   During my birth tuberculosis ran wild, I think it is fair to say I saved the life of a child.   I arose from the astute mind of Monsieur Laënnec, I bet you did not detect my French accent.   I’m often...

A Good Doctor, aka The Goldilocks Effect

When I told people I was going to medical school, the first thing I’d hear was, “Oh, you’ll be a good doctor.” As an idealistic and energetic first-year, I was flattered every time a standardized patient complimented me. But I wasn’t a good doctor — I don’t even have an MD. I was exposed to...
Why It’s an Exciting Time in Medicine: The Medical Student Perspective

Why It’s an Exciting Time in Medicine: The Medical Student Perspective

Between the costly flights to interviews, the awkward nights spent sleeping on a host student’s futon, and the anxiety-filled hours doing what felt like selling myself to admissions committees, I reminded myself that eventually this would all lead me to the bedside, where I would be able to help real patients. I was lucky that I...
Interview with Dr. Cranquis

Interview with Dr. Cranquis

This week, History & Physical sits down with Dr. Cranquis, who has been called the “grandfather of the Tumblr ‘medblr’ community,” and is the dean of the Princeton-Medbloro Teaching Hospital, the first Tumblr-based residency program. Dr. Cranquis is an urgent care physician and blogs about his experiences on Dr. Cranquis’ Mumbled Gripes. In this podcast,...
Alone in the Crowd

Alone in the Crowd

It’s easy to see how the hospital can be an intimidating place for a patient. Being alone, in an unknown environment, covered only a flimsy cloth gown, and surrounded by strangers can make anyone anxious. Now, imagine not knowing what these strangers are saying to you, about you. Imagine these strangers  cannot understand a single...

Lacrimosa

I stared at Her remains, all of the little bits and pieces.  It was the last day of gross anatomy and I wanted the moment to feel important.  I wanted Her to know what it had meant.  The sacrifice.  As we zipped up the Tyvek bag, I wanted Her to hear angelic voices and heavenly...
Here is a Helping Hand!

Here is a Helping Hand!

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

SP to MD: My Alternate Route to Medical School

It was just supposed to be a temporary job. At least that was what I envisioned when I started my position as a standardized patient at Albany Medical College. Four months earlier, I graduated a semester early from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. When I applied to...

The Ethics of Denying Non-Emergent Care

Any threat to the celebrated individualism of American citizens is usually met with fierce debate — be the enemy mandatory health coverage or a ban on 64-ounce sugary soft drinks. What happens, then, when the results of these individual choices conflicts with the limitations of reality? Obesity was categorized as a disease by the American...
Medical Cannabis Made Simple

Medical Cannabis Made Simple

Does cannabis work as a treatment for some symptoms or conditions? Yes. Has research been conducted to prove that? Yes, more than many people think. High-quality scientific evidence (in the United States and abroad) has been conducted on medical cannabis, showing its efficacy for varying symptoms and conditions, such as neuropathic pain and symptoms of...
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