Posts Tagged ‘clinical rotation’

Not a fish

It took a full minute of back scratching and hair stroking before she stirred. “Hey, girlie,” I whispered as I leaned over the bed. “I’m going to work now. Can I have a big hug and a kiss?” Without opening her eyes, she stretched her arms out, wrapped them around my neck and planted a kiss on my cheek. “Are you going to go do surgery on people?” she asked, eyes still closed. “Yep. Go … Read More


Originally published on The Biopsy. “Are your ready to see this patient?” asked my attending. This patient was a young mother-to-be, otherwise healthy with her first baby on the way. I had hardly conducted any prenatal checks myself nor led a gynecological exam. I was vaguely familiar with the questions I should ask and distantly comfortable with the physical exam maneuvers I was to perform. I had done them before, once, in a time that seemed … Read More

The Power of Continuity: Reflections from the Safety Net

StudentSpeak is pleased to present this guest post by Sylvia Peterson-Perry, MS3 who is dually-enrolled in the M.D. and MPH programs.  I first met John* while on my 3rd year inpatient internal medicine rotation at OHSU. He came in to the hospital for a swollen, painful left leg, was a current active IV heroin user, was homeless, and had no possessions but the dirty clothes he was wearing. He ate the hospital food more eagerly … Read More

The Real Rural World

“This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a duplex, work together and have their lives interlinked, to find out what happens when health students leave PDX…and start getting rural.” Okay, so it’s not QUITE the salacious prologue to a hit MTV series, but it doesn’t make it any less valid for those involved. In truth, most of us (three PA students, three med students, one dental student – and one … Read More

Tomorrow’s lessons

Dear ——–, You were my patient for four days. On the first day, we treated your many diseases. On the second day, we removed all but comfort measures. When I arrive at the hospital tomorrow, you will not be there. My boyfriend worries about me tonight, as you are my first patient to die. I am surprised to tell him that I feel only gratitude for you. Thank you for being my first patient to … Read More

The patching of a bleeding heart

The following has been selectively fictionalized to protect the identities of those involved and events that occurred. Names, races, ages, times, conditions, details and more have been modified or excluded. Originally published on The Biopsy. “I just need a refill.” Kevin muttered under his breath, rocking ever so slightly in his chair, his grip fidgeting on the handle of his cane. The crease in his brow, bent from months of constant worry, shifted as the interview went … Read More

The question we all know is coming

I am halfway through my third year of medical school and so far, I absolutely love it. I feel one thousand times more like a doctor than I did six months ago, and I’ve learned more in these six months that I had in the six years prior. And I’m not just saying that – third year is high yield beyond belief. By this point, we’ve all answered the golden question hundreds of times. Everybody asks it … Read More

Clinical year begins

Today I completed my first clinical rotation.  What a challenging, humbling and incredibly fun experience. Five weeks ago, I was assigned to a pediatric clinic in a small town in eastern Oregon.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I was apprehensive about working with children – I have none of my own, and I haven’t spent much time around kids in the past (especially babies). Our pediatric unit in class was months ago, and … Read More



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