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What is a preceptorship?

That was the exact question I was asking myself when I started medical school and even up until my first day at the clinic. There isn’t a very good definition on Wikipedia and it’s definitely not in ye ole trusted Miriam Webster. Even asking older students led to a multitude of definitions ranging from “glorified shadowing” to “being a doctor’s assistant.” Both of which were not entirely satisfying. It wasn’t until I started a couple … Read More

Dream big, Little One

StudentSpeak is pleased to publish this guest post by Jessica Petrovich, MS2. Jess participated in one of OHSU’s Science Education programs helping inspire and support underrepresented students in the sciences. Dream Big, Little One. It is scrawled in my mother’s handwriting on a scrap of paper. Underneath it she taped a small photo of me as a toddler, staring hopefully at some unidentifiable object in the background. Well aware of the risk of exposing my … Read More

Family ties

StudentSpeak is pleased to publish this guest post by Jesse Goldfarb, MS2. Jesse participated in OHSU’s student-led peer mentoring program for first-year and second-year students. Questionably competent second-year medical student, 24, seeks slightly less competent and moderately impressionable first-year. I don’t have any real little siblings. My mom wouldn’t have one for me. And when thinking on that deficit, all I am left with are her empty, feckless excuses. “Your father and I are divorced,” … Read More

Little Big Sib

StudentSpeak is pleased to share this guest post by Julia Armendariz, MS2. Julia participated in OHSU’s student-led peer mentoring program for first-year and second-year students. Medical school is exhausting. I doubt that is a shocker to anyone. There were times over the past year I wondered if it was actually survivable. When I have been asked to do something hard, I have looked to other people who went through it before me and had the … Read More

It’s a seller’s market here in Portland

I’m sure I’m not the only student who was affected by the absolutely insane real estate market here in Portland. Right after I received my acceptance to OHSU, being the overachiever I am, I started looking for apartments in the South Waterfront. In Eugene, finding an apartment wasn’t too hard, probably because everyone who lived near campus was a student who moved out in July and moved in in September. Unfortunately, this isn’t the same … Read More

Top 4 tips for being the child of a medical student

The following is a post written by an anonymous guest author as a companion piece to the AMA article “Top 10 Tips for Living with a Medical Student.” 1. Keep track of their schedule. You are a source of endless joy and inspiration for your parent, therefore it’s critical that you know when their big exams are so you can give them a boost the night before. Little things like fighting bedtime and then waking … Read More

Kidneys and confidence

StudentSpeak is pleased to share this guest post by Ben Houser, MS3. Ben participated as a mentor in the MIKE program through an elective course open to MS1 and MS2 students. “One of the students in your group was involved in a fight and was expelled yesterday, so she won’t be able to attend today.” I was shocked. The young woman they had described had seemed so energetic and without malice, I couldn’t imagine her … Read More

Making my net

“Mamaaaa. Heyyy Mamaaa! I need fresh water with ice! HEY MAMAAA! It’s morning time!” I glanced at my phone and saw that it was indeed morning time. In fact it was already 6:10 a.m., which meant that I had overslept, though I hardly felt refreshed since I had been up studying until almost 2:00 a.m. After a few minutes of silence, I heard the soft thudding of feet on the hallway carpet. A moment later, … Read More

What do you think she meant?

On Monday morning, I was sick. I also had an immunology exam at 8am. Bristling from the cruel irony, I stopped at a Starbucks near the highway in yoga pants, a T-shirt, and my OHSU badge at about 7:30am. Red-faced from sneezing all night and baggy-eyed from attempting to study in that condition, I ordered a black coffee and waited miserably while my cup was filled. As I stood there, pathetic, a well-dressed, middle-aged woman approached … Read More

Bearers of bad news

When your time consists mainly of recycling facts, it becomes surprisingly easy to transition into a binary state – either you’re learning, or you’re sleeping. While that operative mode allows us medical students increased efficiency, it also behooves us to reconnect with our more human sides. Thankfully, once a week, we participate in a course called Principles of Clinical Medicine (PCM), or, as I like to call it, “How To Be a Good Doctor 101.” … Read More

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