The Important Role of Caregivers in Health Care

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Though the individuals in this story are fictional, the stories presented reflect my real-life experiences with patients and their caregivers.  Upon entering my patient’s room, I introduced myself and apologized for running late. I sat across from Carry, my patient’s granddaughter. The clinic was running as usual that day. In one word: overbooked. I had(...)

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Encouraging Young Women in STEM Careers

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“It really smells.” “Can we take apart the legs?” I was asked these questions by the girls with dissected frogs in front of them. I’ve been helping through a program aimed at engaging girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With colleagues at the Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, I’ve helped girls dissect frogs,(...)

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Lessons Learned in Graduate School: Be Skeptical

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Part 1 in a series of posts on “Lessons Learned in Graduate School.” Two hours. Four hours. Overnight, if I have the time. I must have asked half a dozen people, and I didn’t get the same answer twice. The question had been: How long do you incubate pelleted virus in fresh media before resuspending(...)

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The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping May Benefit Full-Term Infants, Study Shows

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As humans, we are inclined to make everything we do faster. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the delivery of medical treatments. But recent research may support delaying a medical intervention in order to benefit the patient. The medical intervention in question is a process known as cord clamping. “Cutting the cord” typically refers(...)

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Hobbies Offer Scientists a Much-Needed Break from the Lab

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Last year — on a whim, and to temporarily escape the stresses of neuroscience research — I began to take improvisational comedy classes with the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG). Once a week, I’d leave the world of pipette tips, blinking displays and squirming mice and instead be transported to whatever reality my scene partners and(...)

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The Week of the Pancreas: Finding a Work-Life Balance

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I vividly remember one particular week during my medicine subinternship as the Week of the Pancreas. On the wards, I was caring for two patients with pancreatitis: one acute, one chronic. Then, I admitted a third patient with heretofore-undiagnosed metastatic pancreatic cancer. To top it all off, midweek, I received a phone call from one(...)

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4 Conference Networking Tips for the Novice

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I finally watched last year’s action flick Pacific Rim, and its portrayal of research scientists —stereotypically socially inept — made me cringe. In reality, the Ph.D. students I know are friendly and socially astute. But we tend to think of these qualities as social perks instead of professional skills. In the academic idyll, we think(...)

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