Category Archives: Education

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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Filed under Education, Heard on the Floors, Hidden curriculum

Back to the future

We frequently hear humanism in medicine discussed as though it’s a new trend in medical education. Yet back in 1986 (before many of today’s medical students were even born – yes, really) an “Education Watch” from the Times called attention … Continue reading

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Radium Girls of Jersey

Every so often, an example from class resonates beyond statistics on a slide. Today second-years covered the occupational causes of cancer, among them coal tar and asbestos.  One particularly notorious (and tragic) case occurred just around the corner in Orange, … Continue reading

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Growing pains of a medical student

Shara Yurkiewicz, a second year medical student who blogs at This may hurt a bit, describes what happens when doctor-patient boundaries are unintentionally blurred. At the very end of the exam, I tested his cerebellar function.  Touch your nose and … Continue reading

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You heard it here first!

We’re thrilled to announce the first annual student-run Humanism Conference, hosted by the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Newark, NJ for a day featuring … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Humanism, Research

I knew it would all pay off in the end

For all the times I’ve been criticized for playing Mariokart way, way past my bedtime– it was all surgery training. I promise. The researchers found that surgeons or residents who used to be avid video game players had significantly better … Continue reading

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Welcome to medical school

This week, first-year students at New Jersey Med begin a time-honored rite of passage – anatomy lab. Below, a video from Dream Anatomy, an exhibition by the National Library of  Medicine. via Morbid Anatomy

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Filed under Arts, Education, History of Medicine

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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Filed under Cancer, Education, Hidden curriculum, Humanism

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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Filed under Day in the Life, Education, Ethics, Heard on the Floors, Hidden curriculum, Humanism

Rhyme & Reason

Sometimes the timing is just right for rediscovering a childhood favorite. This week’s New Yorker has an interview with Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollboth, in honor of its 50th anniversary. To all the students out there, a few words … Continue reading

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