Author: Will Jaffee

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Editor Emeritus: Former Medical Student Editor (2013-2015)

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Will is Class of 2015 medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went to Oberlin College where he majored in philosophy and snark. He’s passionate about reproductive health, humanism, music and riding his bike as much as possible. To see more glamorous writing on science, bioethics, and unique perspectives on the training of future doctors, check out his blog, Doctor Coffee’s Brain Banter.




From the Editorial Board: Empathy Decline in Medical Education

There is a well studied phenomenon in medical education: student physicians begin to burn out out early. According to several multi-center studies, burnout occurs in roughly 50 percent of students before they even earn their medical degrees. Personally, this manifests in the fading width of the bright smiles we adorned during our white coat ceremonies while our teeth begin to change to a color that only coffee-executives could be proud of. In short, we begin to care less.

Declining Blood From Men Who Have Sex With Men: Justified, Inconsistent, or Both?

By way of 1992 policy, men who have had sex with men (MSM) any time since 1977 are ineligible for blood donation. We believe the current policy is possibly justified, but certainly inconsistent with other CDC donation policies, and the the American Medical Association and the American Association of Blood Banks appear to agree. Here we will focus primarily on the latter issue, as it pertains to everyone’s health more so than only the degrading feeling that non-infected gay men likely endure when attempting to give lifesaving resources back to their community.

My Take on Obamacare: Why Teaching Lessons by Denying Care Will Fail

This past weekend I had the pleasure of talking about Obamacare (or the ACA, the death, the uplifting of America, depending on your stance) with a stranger at a local brewery. He, like many I’ve heard before him, feels that he shouldn’t have to pay for other people’s care (which he already is, in a different way). Not their blood pressure meds for self-induced diabetes, not for oxygen for a 35 pack-year smoker, and not …

An Open Letter to the Self-Loathing D.O. Students

Here’s a curious phenomenon I can’t help but notice as an osteopathic medical student: the attempt that some osteopathic medical students make to distance themselves from the two letters that will soon piggyback their names forever. (I’ll give you a hint: the first letter isn’t M). As a member of my school’s curriculum committee, I sent out a handful of formal and informal surveys to gather students’ input on a variety of topics. Without fail, there would …

Who Counts, What Doesn’t: Refocusing Armstrong’s Abortion Perspective

I’m writing in response to Sam Armstrong’s anti-choice piece “Who Counts, Who Doesn’t: Human Value, Reproductive Freedom and the Abortion-on-Demand Debate” that was recently published online at in-Training.  While a comprehensive review of student doctor Armstrong’s arguments is warranted, I will only attack those I found particularly troublesome.  I’ll also add salient points he did not discuss, while maintaining an eye on the neo-proverbial “TL;DR” clock. Mr. Armstrong (who I’ll now refer to as “Sam,” as he is …

Will Jaffee Will Jaffee (5 Posts)

Editor Emeritus: Former Medical Student Editor (2013-2015)

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Will is Class of 2015 medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went to Oberlin College where he majored in philosophy and snark. He’s passionate about reproductive health, humanism, music and riding his bike as much as possible. To see more glamorous writing on science, bioethics, and unique perspectives on the training of future doctors, check out his blog, Doctor Coffee’s Brain Banter.