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Physician as Leaders – APAMSA Regional Conference Coverage

On March 29, 2014, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) hosted the “Becoming Physician Leaders in APIA Health” Regional Conference at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. Medical students from multiple medical schools in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas attended the conference. The conference was to raise awareness and advocate the most pressing health...

Match Day Spotlight: Family Medicine

Recent fourth-year matcher (and in-Training editor) C. Emily Lu of the Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, IL gives us her expert advice on succeeding in medical school and beyond. 1. Tell us about yourself: Where are you from? What is your undergraduate degree and where did you receive it? Did you do anything between...

Match Magic: Why the NRMP Match Needs to Disappear

Becoming a doctor takes time, but those outside of medicine do not always realize how convoluted the process can be. Central to the perversion is the National Resident Matching Program (or “the Match”). After college and the two years of classroom-based training in medical school, students are ushered into clinical training through third year core...

Angel

Calm.  Only the gentle hum of electricity resonated in the sticky, stagnant air caught halfway between dusk and dawn.  The mist itself seemed to vibrate unseeingly as it matched the sleeper’s own rhythms.  It had grown heavy in the absence of the daytime winds, and had learned to relish fondly its brief ownership of the...
A Crunchier Home: Not Just for Hippies

A Crunchier Home: Not Just for Hippies

Normally when people ask me about my New Year’s resolution, I’ll say something sarcastic like, “I resolved to never allow clowns into my house.” This year, however, I decided to try to make as many of my own cleaning and beauty products as I could. While some of the facts about scary chemicals are debatable,...

I Am Present: Medical School in the Digital Age

At any given moment in this hyper-connected era, we are beckoned by our smartphones, iPods, iPads and laptops to participate in the multiple spheres in which we exist.  These “spheres” — our physical surroundings, families and friends, social media, blogs, e-mail — are simultaneously concrete and confabulated, yet they equally contribute to our identity.  Navigating...
Step 1 Survival Guide (Uncensored)

Step 1 Survival Guide (Uncensored)

Going crazy yet? After some obligatory panic moments, I’ve reconciled my fate for the next month. To avoid emotional breakdowns, here’s my list of dos and don’ts list for the next month of cramming all of medicine into your head. This is all based on true stories. Do: Taking a leaf out of a prep...
The Weight of Your Judgments: Part I

The Weight of Your Judgments: Part I

Let’s pretend that you are a patient going into a new clinic for a doctor’s appointment. You are just getting a basic check-up to make sure you are still in good shape. As you are waiting for the doctor, what kinds of thoughts go through your mind? “I hope that everything is okay with me....
Medical Illustration: Shadowing an Artist in Medical School

Medical Illustration: Shadowing an Artist in Medical School

Art has been one of my passions ever since I could hold a pencil — an important outlet for expression, relaxation and reflection. However, I never found an intersection between art and medicine until I discovered medical illustration in college. This is the field in which artists take medical school classes alongside medical students to...
Gab

Gab

How can doctors-in-training put narrative medicine into practice? Gab, a third-year medical student in Pittsburgh planning to pursue internal medicine and pediatrics, discovered narrative medicine as an undergraduate majoring in English literature. She describes how engagement with medical humanities not only facilitates deeper patient relationships but also provides a vital means of self-care.

Poor Communication in Multidisciplinary Teams Harms Patient Safety: An Experience on the Wards

Location: Surgery inpatient floor Time: 6:00 a.m. Surgery morning rounds began: “Ms. A, your MRI shows you have colorectal cancer, so we plan to take you to the OR for surgery tomorrow. Alright, see you later,” said my surgery attending, who rushed out of Ms. A’s room right after he abruptly dropped this shocking news....
Keep Calm and Carry on the Interview Trail

Keep Calm and Carry on the Interview Trail

Buckle up — the interview trail for residency is a bumpy ride. It is time consuming, costly and stressful. There are things you should know beforehand so it won’t be so overwhelming. First things first, submit your ERAS application. It’s crickets after that. Then, a barrage of emails come soliciting you for an interview spot....
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