A Day in the Life

Inside a Med Student’s Mind On a Patient Visit

Inside a Med Student’s Mind On a Patient Visit

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(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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Stop and Smell the Pages

Stop and Smell the Pages

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As a child, my mother would take my siblings and me to the local public library. I would check out so many books that the librarians would often ask if I was sure I could read them all. I met their challenge, however, to the point where I would sometimes get in trouble at school(...)

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A Medical Student Finds Beauty in Studying

A Medical Student Finds Beauty in Studying

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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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5 Tips for Preparing for your Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

5 Tips for Preparing for your Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

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The oral exam. The candidacy exam. The comprehensive exam. There are many names for it, but all pre-doctoral graduate students come to fear it. At different universities, this pivotal exam happens at different points in your Ph.D. At Johns Hopkins, most students will take their candidacy exam after their main courses are finished, but before(...)

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Remembering Jewish Faith, Culture, and Tradition in Medicine

Remembering Jewish Faith, Culture, and Tradition in Medicine

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Over 3,000 years old, Judaism is one of the oldest monotheistic religions. Calling oneself a Jew draws on a rich history and a continually growing set of religious texts; it is a link to a culture of resilience and a peoplehood that have withstood incredible persecution and social restriction, immigration and assimilation. Thus, for many,(...)

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The Debate Behind Balancing Resident Work Hours

The Debate Behind Balancing Resident Work Hours

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As an undergraduate, I frequently shadowed physicians and remember vividly many moments and anecdotes from those experiences, many of which would go on to shape my future career aspirations. One of my close mentors, a veteran vascular surgeon at the end of his career, once reminisced about his surgical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital(...)

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The Widening World of Career Choices

The Widening World of Career Choices

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As any graduate or medical student will well-understand, choosing a career direction to pursue after graduation can be a daunting task. What is your dream job? Where would you like to be located? Where do you see yourself in five years? These decisions require careful reflection and research, and importantly, mentorship and advice from professionals(...)

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