A Day in the Life

Magical Mentorship

Magical Mentorship

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When I turned 11, the only thing I wanted for my birthday was a letter from Hogwarts, the magical school from the world of Harry Potter, telling me that I was a wizard. To my dismay, no such letter arrived but little did I know what the future had in store. Eleven years later, I was(...)

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Applying for Residency: Lessons Learned on the Interview Trail

Applying for Residency: Lessons Learned on the Interview Trail

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In November, I talked about the at-times-excruciating wait for interview invitations. Now that it’s mid-January, the bulk of interviews are over. Several flights later, I’m settled back in Baltimore, excited to sleep in my own bed rather than a hotel, an Airbnb or a couch. The past two months have been wonderfully exciting and inevitably(...)

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Who Has Time to Sleep?

Who Has Time to Sleep?

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At the proverbial watercooler in teaching hospitals across the world, one hears remarkably similar refrains: “This patient is back again,” “I have no idea why my experiment failed this time” and, most universally, “I’ve only slept three hours in the past two days!” Medical trainees often view sleep deprivation as a badge of honor, one(...)

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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

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Within the medical field, naming a surgical instrument is often considered the epitome of success. Such a major contribution not only cements the lucky surgeon’s name in history books for decades to come, but also means that his/her name will interminably roll off the tongues of future physicians who appreciate that innovation and its use(...)

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A Time of Giving

A Time of Giving

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As 2016 draws to a close and many of us look forward to spending time with family and loved ones, one cannot escape the joyful jingles that herald this season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, the holidays that mark the end of the calendar year give us pause to reflect on the blessings(...)

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Making Our Voices Heard in a New America

Making Our Voices Heard in a New America

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On Nov. 9, 2016, our country awoke on the precipice of a new beginning. The recent presidential election was historic in many ways, but one that particularly struck me was the unprecedented lack of enthusiasm shown by voters toward both candidates. This lack of enthusiasm reflects the hopelessness many people in the United States feel(...)

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Community Engagement Through Volunteering

Community Engagement Through Volunteering

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Medicine means a lot of things to different people — patient care, research, education, lifelong learning — but to me, one of the most meaningful aspects of my medical training so far has come from my involvement in community service. Community service has given me the opportunity to be a part of Baltimore in a(...)

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Kid in a White Coat

Kid in a White Coat

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I am no stranger to medical institutions. I’ve spent time in hospitals and clinics all throughout my life — shadowing physicians, working in the operating room as an administrative intern and now as a first-year medical student. However, while walking through the busy corridors of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, I feel distinctly different. Of course,(...)

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Applying for Residency: Interview Season

Applying for Residency: Interview Season

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The last time I wrote about applying to residency, fourth-year medical students were just about to hit the submit button on the Electronic Residency Application System. Several long weeks later, the interview season has begun. The irony of the phrase “hurry up and wait” becomes acutely painful for students during the weeks between submitting residency(...)

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