August 13, 2014

MD or DO: Insight from an Osteopathic Medical Student

A Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine will both lead to the good life – but what are the differences between the two? If you had asked me at the beginning of college whether or not a DO could prescribe medication, I would have given the same answer as one-third of Americans – I don’t know. Of course, after several years of experience shadowing DOs and as a student of osteopathy, I now know both degrees receive the same level of training, specialize in the same fields, and overall, have the same medical careers and salaries available.  …

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August 12, 2014

Questions From a Future Physician: Is Effective Healthcare Limited by Cost?

 

Hola estudiantes! Frequently in the U.S., I am faced with the question “what good is the best doctor, if the patients can’t afford to pay for their healthcare or their prescriptions?” In Costa Rica, within a few hours and using my broken Spanish, I was faced with the same question.

As a member of CU-UNITE, a track at my medical school, which focuses on working with medically under-served populations, I think it’s crucial to have the skills to communicate with a diverse group of patients. This past summer I spent a month in Costa Rica learning medical …

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April 22, 2014

Dating in Medical School

Hello 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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April 11, 2014

Learning to Communicate in Medical School

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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March 27, 2014

Being Sick in Medical School

Hello 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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March 7, 2014

The Challenges of an Out of State Medical School

Hello 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 run

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February 20, 2014

Med School Summer: The Last Summer of Your Life

Hello 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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February 13, 2014

Strategies for Promoting Empathy in Medical School

Last 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 feelings

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January 23, 2014

Thank You for Attending January’s #KaplanPulse!

We 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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