John Choi

About John Choi

John Choi is a lactose intolerant medical student who believes in the power of sharing stories and, regretfully, loves cheese.

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From Classrooms to Clinics: A Former High School Teacher’s Reflections on Medicine

From Classrooms to Clinics: A Former High School Teacher’s Reflections on Medicine

The term “doctor” can be traced to its Latin root, docēre, which means “to teach.” And indeed, teaching is ubiquitous in medicine; the residency system that trains physicians is grounded in intensive teaching and learning. Moreover, educating patients about their conditions is a primary objective for every doctor. But five years ago, I was involved(...)

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Who Are the Best Teachers in the Hospital?

Who Are the Best Teachers in the Hospital?

Disclaimer: To avoid breaching patient confidentiality per hospital policy, names and circumstances have been altered. However, the spirit of the interaction with patients was preserved as best as possible. As I sit here typing at 3:23 a.m., my sandpaper eyes can just barely focus on a keystroke before looking yearningly at my bed. But, in(...)

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Inside a Med Student’s Mind On a Patient Visit

Inside a Med Student’s Mind On a Patient Visit

(Disclaimers: Although much of the following comes from my medical education, it should not be generalized to all medical students. Certain details — name, identifiers, complaints — have been modified for privacy reasons.) 7:59 p.m. I am standing outside the patient’s room in the hospital. She has just been transferred from the emergency department (ED).(...)

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A Medical Student Finds Beauty in Studying

A Medical Student Finds Beauty in Studying

I am sitting in one of the most beautiful architectural marvels I have ever seen: the iconic Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library. A thoughtless turn of the head while stretching my neck and I catch a glimpse of centuries of knowledge in their primordial form — first edition journals and(...)

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