A Day in the Life

Applying for Residency: Assembling the Application

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As August begins, rising fourth-year medical students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are preparing to apply to the next step in their medical training – residency, a three-to-seven-year apprenticeship where students transform into independent practicing physicians. In fact, with applications due in September, many students have already been preparing for weeks, if not(...)

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Being a Medical Student Subintern in Labor and Delivery

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Every medical student undergoes several rites of passage. There’s anatomy dissection during the preclinical years, the first board exam called Step 1, then a dizzying year of various required clinical rotations that range from pediatrics to psychiatry to surgery. The medical student clinical experience is finally topped off by a “subinternship” rotation. A subinternship —(...)

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Tips on Surviving the Intern Blues

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July 1 marked a monumental day for all first-year residents, also known as interns, across the country. All freshly minted medical graduates began the rite of passage of what purports to be the most challenging year in medical training. No longer medical students, interns suddenly must take up the mantle of responsibility and make real-life(...)

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Johns Hopkins Offers Training Flexibility Through Its M.D./M.B.A. Program

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has well-known dual-degree programs, the most famous of which are the M.D./M.P.H and M.D./Ph.D tracks. However, yet another dual-degree program has been in the works over the past several years: the school of medicine and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School have created a five-year combined M.D./M.B.A. program.(...)

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Colombian Medical Graduates Learn Through Service

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As medical students across America graduated this past May, receiving the prized M.D. they worked so hard to obtain, many have their minds squarely focused on one thing — intern year. Some students have only a few weeks off until what is often considered the most exhausting, overwhelming and infamous year in all of medical(...)

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Dissertation and Defense: The Victory Lap

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I used to daydream about my thesis presentation. I would be sitting at someone else’s defense, listening as they dazzled the room with science they understood better than anyone else in the world — science they had discovered themselves. And at the end, they would launch into this involved series of acknowledgments, almost as many(...)

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Family-Centered Rounds Encourage Patient Input in Care

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Learning medicine is like studying abroad. As a third-year medical student, you cross the border from lecture hall to hospital ward and are expected to adapt quickly to a new sets of rules, a new language, and different expectations for your behavior and role. Needless to say, it’s overwhelming. The patient experience is similar in(...)

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Novel Study Tools Redefine How We Learn

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Medical knowledge grows like a metastatic cancer, rapidly expanding every day, uninhibited as new literature is published, novel discoveries are made and evidence is refined. As this magnificent body of knowledge grows, so too does the magnitude of foundational material that medical students are required to master. Nowhere is this more evident than with First(...)

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