Category - Medicine

Articles written by guest authors about a variety of topics.

The ER Rotation

ED is a different beast than what I’ve been used to on the floors. Instead of the slow, simmering thought process of a medicine doc this in contrast requires quicker more agile thinking. The past week I’ve been zipping from room to room collecting snapshots of patients, enough to know...

When Intern Year Ends

As I sit here in this rural Toyota Dealership waiting for my car’s sideview mirror to get fixed [after an unfortunate accident…] my eyes glance at the date on the corner of my computer screen. July 2nd 2016 — a little over one year after starting and finishing the supposed...

The (Almost) Perfect Getaway

I extend the ID badge dangling on my chest and plant it firmly on the black box in front of me. It’s attached to my white coat by stretchy-cord thing which makes it easy to get in and out of restricted areas without actually having to remove it entirely– the perfect contraption. Beep. I...

Small Things Matter in Medicine

There’s a room in the center of a long hallway that connects two of the busiest units of the hospital– the CCU and ICU step down. Most days you can see nurses, MDs and others making the mecca between these two points, stopping in front of the door to punch in numbers and enter. Inside...

Finding the Light

The high pitched howl of a beast readying for the night can be heard behind the thick glass windows of this urban hospital with me peering at the moon blanketing over its grey skeleton. I dive my hand into my pocket and stare at the shrieking electric box in-front of me–no wolves here, just...

6 Ways to Stay Healthy During Residency

Residents are required to work longer hours which can put patients and staff in danger. In the U.S., the prevalence of medical errors that endangered patients’ safety brought about changes in the allowed workload of residents. In 2011 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education...

Connecting with Patients

Gray, wrinkled shirt damp with sweat and a LCD screen pulsing with the green glow of vitals. One of them, his heart rate, blinking fast enough to think he had just come back from a light jog–except he hadn’t. Nope. This man was lounging in his bed looking at me stare at his IV line...

Types of Doctors I Feel Like

Intern year is full of ups and downs; most news docs going through the grind will tell you the same. Some days I’m flying sky high and others I’m getting back to the drawing board to work on fundamentals like Charles Barkley in Space Jam. No matter what I do I always try to exude an air...

Night Float Month

Hi readers. I haven’t written since way back in July! No surprise there, was expecting to be a lot busier with the start of residency. I finished my first night float month in September and was in the middle of writing this piece. I decided to have some fun with it and talk about a few...

Remember Who You Are

I never thought intern year would be this hard. Scratch that– I did. I knew I wouldn’t know as much as I liked and that I wouldn’t have as much time as I used to. I knew I’d miss home and the people I left behind. Still, it doesn’t make the pressure of trying to...