Tag Archives: med school

Dating in Medical School

dating in medical schoolHello my springtime readers! It’s that time of year again when the sun comes out, the birds are singing and love is in the air. Which brings me to the question- how does one find love in medical school, or at the very least, start dating in medical school? When you’re spending most of your free-time studying, stressing, or practicing your skills in clinic, finding an amazing significant other is not necessarily easy to accomplish.

So, what avenues can you pursue? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of different dating scenarios? Disclaimer: the majority of my class began

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Learning to Communicate in Medical School

Doctor_consults_with_patient_(7)Hello my springtime readers! I hope that it’s getting sunny and warm where you are and that you’re getting some balance in your life by getting some time outside. Today I’d like to talk a bit about the use of communication in medicine and medical school. We’ve all seen the medical shows where the patient says, “Doc, I don’t understand all that medical mumbo jumbo. Just give it to me straight.” Then the doctor throws aside all the terminology and tells the patient that there is a small chance of surviving without the surgery or something equally dramatic. 

We’re most

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Being Sick in Medical School

sick in medical schoolHello my hopefully healthy readers! We’ve all heard the phrase doctors make the worst patients, but is that also true of medical students? In my experience so far, students sick in medical school make for terrible patients because most of us border on hypochondria. There’s actually a name for this phenomenon- Medical Student’s Disease- and a Wikipedia entry to match. Medical Student’s disease is basically a propensity to believe that you have the symptoms of whatever disease you’re studying. For example, since we started dermatology, I don’t know how many of my classmates have independently diagnosed themselves with skin cancer.

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The Challenges of an Out of State Medical School

out of state medical schoolHello my Wizard of Oz-loving readers! Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out of state medical school aka away from your family, friends and support system can have some additional challenges. 

Challenge 1- Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby. This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a Friday exam and it was a fairly exhausting

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Med School Summer: The Last Summer of Your Life

Med School SummerHello my cabin fever readers! If you’re like me, this is the part of the year that gets you daydreaming about what summer holds in store. As a first year med student, this daydream takes on a particularly urgent feeling as we’re frequently reminded that this is the “last summer of our lives”. What does that mean other than medical school administrations love hyperbole?

Well, the med school summer between first year and second year lasts the conventional 2.5 months much like your summer vacation in grade school. This is apparently the “last time” that we will ever have 2.5

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Strategies for Promoting Empathy in Medical School

promoting empathy in medical schoolLast week I brought up the idea that medical students lose their empathy during medical school because they’re constantly overstimulated by emotions. This week I’d like to propose a few solutions to promoting empathy in medical school.

1. Offer medical students free counseling or therapy sessions on a regular basis. I know that this sounds really extreme or touchy-feely, but during the first weeks of school we had several sessions regarding everyone’s feelings about working with cadavers. That is the only time in the first six months of medical school that the curriculum has acknowledged that medical students have

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Thank You for Attending January’s #KaplanPulse!

#KaplanPulseWe would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s edition of the #KaplanPulse! It was a great event and special thank you to Dr. Shital Vora and Tanya Svidler for lending their insight on clinical experience and Global Brigades!

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through nine skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under resourced regions while respecting local culture.

According to the organization, 6,100 volunteers from over 70 university clubs …

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Important Med School Interview Advice

med school interview adviceHello, my chilly readers! I hope you’re in one of the warmer parts of the country today or at least indoors (shout-out to my ultra-freezing homeland the Twin Cities)! Today I want to give you some important med school interview advice that comes from two questions I always get asked about medical school interviews.

Question 1: What is the best advice you would give someone before their interview?

Answer: By the time you’ve made it to the interview phase, you possess the credentials to attend medical school. You have a solid MCAT, decent GPA, good extracurriculars and the admissions committee

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Stanford Medical School: Pushing You to Dream

While exploring the Stanford Medical School site, you’re likely to come across a few gems of wisdom, including this answer to the question of what his inspiration was, “The professors push you to dream, and to dream on a world scale”. Those few words summarize Stanford Medical School succinctly and simply.

Of course, there was the other student, nearing the end of his career in grad school, preparing for graduation and looking more than slightly exhausted, but we’ll save his wisdom for another day. He looked like he hadn’t slept in a few days.

It should be noted that 2012 …

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Patients are a Virtue: What We Can Learn from Patients in Medical Education

Patients in Medical EducationHello my eager readers! A lot of the first few months of medical school has been about book learning. I’ve learned about a lot of diseases along with their symptoms, complications and causes. Frequently I have been caught whining about the lack of human interaction and patients in medical education. Well, medical school heard me (or they had it planned all along) and lately we’ve been getting to meet real patients- a lot of real patients.

The cool thing about our patient interaction is that it comes on multiple fronts. Our entire class has individual physician preceptors who they meet …

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