The more you know, the more you know you don’t know. In biomedical professions, sometimes that fact can be energizing and other times — demoralizing.
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 […]
Apr 11, 2017
Walking out of a lecture on mood disorders, one of my classmates made the striking remark, “Well, if that’s the definition of depression, then all medical students are depressed.” Even though his comment provoked laughter, I couldn’t help but wonder about the possible, sad truth in it. Like so many psychiatric disorders, the definition of […]
Jan 29, 2016
The white coats these days are at their starchiest, the haircuts are fresh and even the Tylenol orders are being triple-checked — it’s July again at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. That is to say, the academic medicine new year has come and gone, and a flock of some 26,000 wide-eyed but eager new physicians have […]
Jul 31, 2015