I believe that as much as we are taught about path/pharm/micro and disease processes and how to work up different patient complaints, our medical education should also include discussions about unconscious bias and how it plays a role in our medical decision making. We all have biases that cause us to automatically think a certain [...]
Finally internal medicine has come to an end
My internal medicine rotation is off to a pretty good start! I'm 2 weeks in now. I'm working at our VA hospital taking care of patients with complicated past medical histories. All of the patients that our team has taken on since I've been here are older men--many with poor lifestyle choices that have led [...]
When I signed up for 2 weeks of Trauma surgery in my third year, I just knew it was going to be action packed. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and be pushed to work under pressure. I even figured doing it at my institution would be the best place because we're [...]
We're 3 weeks in to 2018 and I already feel like my life is propelling way too fast. During first and second year it was just one day at a time, one block at a time. Last semester for the most part was just one rotation at a time. But now all of that has [...]
Dear young lady watching, I want to remind you that you were set on this earth for a purpose greater than yourself. You are not here by mistake. And the dreams and goals that lie in your heart are not there by happenstance. To reach your goals it will take an enormous amount of effort, [...]
For second year medical students, there's a looming dark cloud that is seemingly getting closer and closer with each passing month--STEP1. Everyone's been talking about it since you got in and everyone ahead of you, even physicians, tells you that it was the darkest period of their medical school career (which I agree). So now [...]
We play a small but mighty role in the lives of our patients!
A week of palliative care has shown me a lot
What do you do when you're ready to throw in the towel?