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Articles about medicine, being in health care, patient care, and everything else in between that doesn't fit nicely into one of our medical categories. Interested in writing some random articles about medicine??? We'd love to host it here! Shoot us an email with your scribblings...

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A speech to the graduating medical school class - Four short years ago I sat in an auditorium not unlike this one for our white coat ceremony. At that time, the classmate sitting directly to my left was a Rhoad's scholar, and the classmate sitting directly to my right was an Olympic quality athlete. Naturally, my ego quickly burst into flames, at which point I thought, "You're really up the proverbial creek without a paddle!" Continue reading...

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When is enough, enough? Providing care to those who overtly abuse the health care system - One of the most difficult things as a health care provider is giving care to those you feel do not deserve it. We spend countless hours in medical school discussing the ethics of care, and separating our personal feelings from our duties as providers. Especially given the arguments over heath care expenditures (especially in the United States), it is vital that we start discussing when it is ok to refuse using valuable resources and time on patient's who overtly abuse the health care system. Continue reading...

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Who is taking care of the caretakers? Most people fail to recognize just how hard physicians train. To become a doctor of medicine it takes a minimum of four years of undergraduate study and four years of medical school. Once you graduate from medical school you're technically a "doctor". However, in order to be able to write prescriptions and practice medicine, a doctor-in-training needs at least one additional year, which is traditionally referred to as internship. Then, depending on your chosen area of speciality, additional training known as residency can take anywhere from 2 to 6 years! Continue reading...

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Are we dumbing down resident education in the United States? I am not going to lie, it seems that health care education, at both the medical school and resident level, is in the crapper. But before I go any further, let me give you a little background information as to why I think this is the case... Medical education in the United States took a huge step forward at the beginning of the 20th century. Under the leadership of medical greats like Sir William Osler and Harvey Cushing, the Johns Hopkins University became the sine-qua-non of medical education in the early 1900s. Continue reading...

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Pager PTSD... A beep that just wont go away. It's Friday night and I'm not on call. It's a welcome break from a hectic and stressful 80+ hour work week. We are about to sit down to watch a movie - popcorn included of course - and enjoy a nice relaxing evening. The microwave starts beeping to let us know that the popcorn is ready. As the beeping continues my heart rate and blood pressure increase ever so slightly, and I reach down towards my left hip. But something is amiss...


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