Category Archives: Heard on the Floors

Heard on the Floors – Quechua edition

Picture a deeply sun-bronzed woman in a wide-brimmed, straw hat. She is wearing a traditional, quilted vest decorated with red, green, and black woven designs which cover many more layers of wool and alpaca garments beneath. This woman speaks some … Continue reading

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Oh, the people you’ll meet – Medical Student Edition

The third year of medical school is definitely an interesting one. You leave the classroom and enter the big bad world of medicine, and you quickly realize that much of what you’ve learned is for naught. You also realize that … Continue reading

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Heard on the Floors #4 – Uganda

In commemoration of the upcoming World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1, we’ll be thinking about HIV/AIDS this week. Below, a reflection from Uganda written by Nelson Chiu, a fourth year at NJMS. Ward 4A is the Infectious Diseases in-patient … Continue reading

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Heard on the floors #3

Mr. M was a 60 year old Asian male who was diagnosed three months ago with cholangiocarcinoma- cancer of the gallbladder bile ducts. He was brought into surgery one week ago, because the CT scan suggested that it may be … Continue reading

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Day in the life of an MSIII – Surgery Rotation

4:00 AM – Alarm goes off.  It’s going to be dark for another 2 hours. Sweet. 4:25 AM – Leave the house. Relatively sure I forgot something, but my brain still isn’t functioning, so I ignore the warning bells. 4:40 … Continue reading

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Heard on the floors #2 OB-GYN edition

OB-GYN is typically divided into 3 parts- the obstetrics floors, where babies are delivered, the gynecology service, which deals with various gynecological surgeries, and the outpatient clinic, which does everything from pap smears to postpartum care. When people hear OB-GYN, … Continue reading

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Heard on the floors #1

During my surgery rotation, I spent one day on call with the trauma surgery team. This day happened to be on a weekend, so I rounded with the team in the morning, then hung around in the trauma bay for … Continue reading

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