Carson Woodbury

About Carson Woodbury

Carson Woodbury relishes a good detective story. Drawing early inspiration from Scooby-Doo’s Mystery gang, he fell in love with the natural world and all its enigmas — from Herodotus to developmental genetics. He is a second-year medical student, an aspiring mountaineer and an avid reader of The Baltimore Sun. His dream job is chief medical officer of a starship.

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Learning from Willard Standiford’s 50 Years in Medicine

Learning from Willard Standiford’s 50 Years in Medicine

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell observes that in many different fields, it seems to require roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. By my most conservative estimate, Willard Standiford has spent 119,250 hours practicing medicine. He retired at the end of 2016, 50 years after beginning his career as a pediatrician. I met(...)

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Seeing Clearer but Not Farther: Disease Through the Eyes of a Young Medical Student

Seeing Clearer but Not Farther: Disease Through the Eyes of a Young Medical Student

The day after my cardiology exam, my grandfather had a heart attack. Heart attack — what a terrifying phrase. The heart transcends normal anatomical description. It is the seat of love, the essence of a person. And my grandfather’s was attacked. When I first learned the news, the Hollywood portrayal of a heart attack flashed(...)

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Compassion in Eight Stitches

Compassion in Eight Stitches

The first time, you don’t realize how warm his body will be. On some level, you knew the patient’s temperature would be in the range of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; his skin, just a few degrees below that. But somehow that information never registered with your fingertips. As you feel the tissue around his wound, palpating(...)

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