I graduated college and started my M.D./Ph.D. training in 2020, during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a remarkable time to enter medicine — I met my first patients over Zoom and completed my first Ph.D. rotation virtually. What I most remember about that time was palpable fear. Everyone I knew — […]
As I enter my fourth year of medical school and make plans for residency and beyond, I realize that I have spent much of the past few years checking off boxes and anticipating the next steps in my career. I have often viewed medical school as a source of delayed gratification, part of a process […]
I recently sat down with Andrew Lea, a fourth-year medical student who holds a Ph.D. in the history of science and medicine. We discussed his forthcoming book, Digitizing Diagnosis: Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America, and the importance of historical perspective in medicine. Welcome! Tell us about your book. The book is about early […]
There was a new vaccinator in the clinic, a first-year medical student hovering nervously in the corner of the room. “Have you done this before?” I asked. She shook her head no. All around us, noise echoed off the tiled walls and wood floor of the elementary school gymnasium, the indistinct hum of voices, scrape […]
I was a two-year medical student when our university in Iran decided to teach us how to perform some clinical skills through different stations with moulages and models. We had some medical equipment and devices in each station, and we had to choose and use the right ones. We were very excited and ready to […]
Planning my move to Baltimore City, I persistently scoured the yearly lists of the “most dangerous cities in the United States” and found myself perpetually disheartened by Baltimore’s seemingly continuous success in topping that list. Friends and acquaintances who had previously been to Baltimore did not help either. Many made it their responsibility to warn […]
As a third-year medical student in my mid-20s, there are many privileges associated with youth that I take for granted. In the winter of 2021, however, I elected to spend several weeks pursuing a rotation in geriatric psychiatry. I spent hours talking to older patients — in clinic, over the phone, in the inpatient unit […]
We searched on Petfinder and put in more applications for dogs than I had for medical schools. We wanted to find a small, older dog that might need a quieter home without other pets or children. As first-time pet owners, we did not hear back until a local rescue organization posted Archie. He was gray, […]
For most medical students, human cadaver lab is a unique instruction methodology that allows them to learn from the human body with hands-on experience. This vestige of medical education brings with it the gravity of the sacrifices each donor has made. Read as one first-year medical student explores her thoughts and reactions to the completion of her cadaver lab experience.
A devastating injury followed by subsequent complications — all within his first year of medical training. Nakul Bhardwaj discusses his path and lessons learned in his journey toward recovery and in his role as a concurrent patient and resident physician.