How to Beat the Third-Year Slump

How to Beat the Third-Year Slump

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After their qualifying exams are over and most of their required coursework is completed, graduate students disperse back to their labs for the long haul. Most classes and exams occur in the first year or two of a Ph.D. program; afterward, students focus full-time on their independent studies and dedicate their time to pursuing their(...)

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Hitting a Wall

Hitting a Wall

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More often than not, people come to a point in their academic careers where they hit a wall; some of us just do it more literally than others. What started out as a strange niche sport for people living on the fringe of society has quickly become a fast-growing sport in America. The first indoor(...)

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Explorers Behind the Bench

Explorers Behind the Bench

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Have you ever had one of those days when everything and anything goes wrong? Your car won’t start; your roommate used the last of the milk; there is no hot water in your building and, of course, it is pouring outside. Well, in the life of a graduate student, those types of days can start(...)

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Tips for Writing a Standout Personal Statement

Tips for Writing a Standout Personal Statement

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If you’re planning to apply to Ph.D. programs this fall, hopefully you’ve — at the very least — thought about starting to write a personal statement. For many students this is one of the most daunting aspects of the application process; however, having a strong personal statement can really set you apart amid a thick(...)

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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

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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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Understanding Disparities in Clinical Trial Enrollment

Understanding Disparities in Clinical Trial Enrollment

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When scientists and clinicians hear the words “clinical trial”, we may think of hope, discovery, and a new chance at life. But for racial and ethnic minorities, these words may not have the same positive connotation but may rather be associated with inaccessibility, fear, and exclusion. The potential benefits for patients who participate in clinical(...)

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From Prison Cells to PhD: Words Matter

From Prison Cells to PhD: Words Matter

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I have people contacting me from all over the country. A pastor called me after an interview I had with CBS  and told me, "you still look, talk, and smell like a convict." Wow. What does a “convict” smell like? He continued, "You need Jesus in your life. Back in my day, people were ashamed(...)

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Antimicrobial Stewardship: Ensuring a Future for Human Health Care

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Ensuring a Future for Human Health Care

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“...23,000 deaths a year.”  “...over 2 million infections.”  These headlines would be alarming but expected if they were descriptions of the latest Ebola outbreak. But alas, these are “conservative, minimum estimates” of antibiotic-resistant infections each year in the United States, as projected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance Antibiotics(...)

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