Category Archives: Hidden curriculum

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 #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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The Good Doctor – JAMA

Shekinah Elmore, medical student and rhabdosarcoma survivor, has a fantastic piece in JAMA about humanism in medicine. How can we educate medical students to preserve the caring instinct? From the first day of orientation, we’re taught that medicine is holistic … 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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Calling the expert

Kent Sepkowitz, MD, reflects on parallel experiences with plumbing and patients. And yet often I dismiss their ideas with the same careless flick of the wrist I have come to expect from the latest in my long line of plumbers … Continue reading

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