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Earlier this month, I helped out with teaching a class at Roosevelt High school, through the Student National Medical Association / Latino Medical Student Association, with help from the student interest groups for Emergency Medicine and Surgery. I got to watch 6 of my peers, both first and second year medical students, teach this group of teens how to tie surgical knots and how to do basic sutures. As you might expect, the response of … Read More

What do you think the teacher will look like this hour?

If I’m counting right, I had 14 teachers this week. Since we had a test Friday, that’s 14 people over 20 hours of class time. I’d hit 23 if I count the doctor I work with in clinic and the patients I saw — and, frankly, no one teaches me more. This isn’t an unusual week. Medical school is remarkable for the enormous breadth of knowledge presented to us. In our first two years, we … Read More

I love my job, I love my job, I love my job

Remember learning how to ride a bike? I don’t, not really anyway. What about learning how to do long division? Physics? Pulmonary physiology? (I don’t know that I ever really learned this the first time through. Dr. Thornburg, we still miss you!) I ran into Dr. Ciment at the Body Worlds exhibit this year. He was the anatomy course director from first year of med school; and I was a teaching assistant for his anatomy … Read More

Future providers should begin their medical careers already civically engaged

As I go through my medical education, I realize more and more the impact that health policy has on a population’s health. Whether this is legislation that governs how providers practice, or legislation that determines how many people can afford care, what happens in Salem and in DC is extremely important to me as a future physician.  Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, and in the midst of severely tight budgets, many changes have … Read More

School of Medicine x School of Nursing

I was recently visiting the Midwest for a residency interview at one of the major Pediatrics program in the region. During a presentation about the program by one of the current chief residents, an interesting remark was made in regards to how rounds were being conducted throughout the hospital. She stated that pediatric rounds were family-centered, with the nursing team present as well (nothing new, and something that is done here at our fine institution). … Read More

Unspeakable

Mid-December brought us first- and second-year med students a much-needed winter break. Mine was lovely, punctuated by only a few moments of panic as I contemplated studying for this summer’s upcoming board exam or attempted explaining this grueling test to my family. The boards, which I have affectionately started calling That Which Shall Not be Named, will be haunting the mind and soul of every second-year medical student ever you meet, for the rest of … Read More

“Don’t let your tongue wreck the rest of your body”

I used to ask all my patients about their sleep. It was an area I felt comfortable with, having worked for a year in the OHSU sleep lab and treating folks with sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and REM behavior disorder. Now, I ask them all about diet. My quick and dirty is, “How’s your diet–what did you eat last night?” I can get a pretty good sense of their nutritional status with this one question. In … Read More

Pre-med student FAQs about OHSU

Feel free to judge me. Most people do when I tell them I applied to thirty medical schools. I’m only kind of crazy; applying to this many schools is not unusual for California residents, but I admit that I may have gone overboard when it came time to choose a medical school. I literally made pro-con lists and flow charts to contrast schools, and to do so, I had to ask a lot of questions … Read More

Polaroids

Context can be difficult. It seems natural and easy to view the world in a way that relates it to yourself, which can also lend itself to viewing clinical situations in that way. Perhaps this is a part of what can lead to patients being identified by their disease and not their name, and the creation of situations where referrals and prescriptions are made without ever being done or filled. The medical, dental, physician assistant, … Read More

Warning: Student driver

Medical school has lately made me think of a class I took in high school that changed my life. Not biology or chemistry. No, it was driver’s ed. I can still easily recall the feeling of behind the wheel, my overly aggressive (and possibly alcoholic) instructor urging me to drive faster, my timidity giving way to increasing confidence in my abilities, up to the point where I almost blast through a light into a subcompact … Read More

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