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Better Mom, Better Doctor

Few joys in my life compare to that moment in November of 2011 when I opened that fateful letter granting me a spot in medical school. As I hopped for joy, I had no idea that I was celebrating with the person who would provide me with immeasurable joy for the rest of my life...

Reflections of a Long, Long Longitudinal Clerkship

Once upon a time, in a rural hospital far, far away, a med student began her clerkship. At the University of British Columbia, the Integrated Community Clerkship (ICC) provides an opportunity to spend the first clinical year of medical school in a hospital in rural British Columbia rather than a large academic center. The intent is to provide...

Practice What We Preach?

“My doctor told me I needed to eat healthier and exercise. But to be honest, his stomach was literally dragging on the floor. If he can’t follow his own advice, why do I need to?” I was taking the bus home from my hospital shift one afternoon, silently eavesdropping on two middle-aged women sitting in...

It’s Hard Keeping a White Coat Clean

As I was standing in my apartment building’s laundry room scrubbing away at a stubborn coffee stain, I kept up a steady stream of curses at my white coat. In the seven weeks since I’d first donned it, my coat had apparently decided that it preferred to be any color but white. A Tide-to-Go pen...
Work In the Time to Work Out

Work In the Time to Work Out

We all know it’s important to stay fit and healthy during medical school, especially as ward duties, call nights, electives and residency applications add more stress into our lives. These responsibilities whittle away at our energy and spare time, making it harder to maintain a regular workout regime in a busy schedule. Despite our best...

Bless The Lord O My Soul

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning It’s time to sing your song again. I prayed for Nina Pham yesterday. I prayed a pithy resident’s prayer. The prayer took (give or take) the amount of time that it takes for me to walk from my parking space to the revolving door of my...

The Metaphorization of Cancer

A leading expert on language and the mind, cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker suggests in his book “The Stuff of Thought” that “conceptual metaphors point to an obvious way in which people could learn to reason about new, abstract concepts,” as well as provide the imagery and substrate to help store and share knowledge. The metaphorization...

Kenyan Life: Soundings from a Slemenda

Between my first and second years of medical school, I was fortunate to receive the AMPATH Slemenda Scholarship.  This scholarship allowed me to experience medicine firsthand in the global health arena as I worked in Eldoret, Kenya. AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) is a consortium of North American and Kenyan academic institutions working...
Joseph

Joseph

How can doctors-in-training help each other remember what an honor it is to be a doctor? Joseph, a fourth-year medical student at Rush Medical College who hopes to enter a pediatric residency with a public policy focus and to pursue a hematology-oncology fellowship, shares his reflections after attending this year's Gold Humanism Honor Society Biennial...
Comfort Food for the Med Student: Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Comfort Food for the Med Student: Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Pea Soup

“Nothing is more needed than nourishment for the imagination.” This quote from an article in The Atlantic entitled “For the Young Doctor About to Burn Out” is one that is profoundly meaningful as we start the last year of medical school. While most of our mind is occupied with the thoughts of where we will match and spend the...
Interview with Ajay Major and Aleena Paul

Interview with Ajay Major and Aleena Paul

There’s a lot going on social media regarding sharing information, discussion and, most importantly, authorship. The typical notion of publication in medicine -- getting an article or paper in a prestigious journal with high impact factor -- is falling to the wayside as the democratization of information renders researchers, physicians and medical students more accessible....

Code Blue: See One, Do One

I had experienced codes before. Prior to entering medical school, I had worked as an emergency room scribe, charting patient encounters as they unfolded. I considered myself familiar with a code’s whirlwind of action, always one step away from the true pandemonium. After all, I had stood on its borders, plucking shouted orders and silent...
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