Category Archives: Day in the Life

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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When I grow up

All over the country, thousands of pre-medical students are crossing the threshold, preparing to spend the next decade in school and training. Danielle Ofri answers, “Why would anyone choose to become a doctor?” The awe of discovering the human body. … Continue reading

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Redrawing the perimeter

In the clinic, patients and doctors interact in a carefully choreographed routine. There’s an opening, questioning, examination, counseling, and finally, a finish. Outside of the clinic though, the performers never abandon their roles;  they only adopt broader ones. An ill … Continue reading

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Day in the life of an MSII

All names used in this story have been changed. During the first two years of medical school, you learn just enough about medicine to feel helpless when confronted with an actual sick person. Relatives will call you, mention a bunch … Continue reading

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