Category - Medicine

Articles written by guest authors about a variety of topics.

5 Thoughts I Had The Day I Graduated Medical School

Last week on December 26th 2014 I officially became a medical doctor. Graduating from a Caribbean medical school means that our timeframe can sometimes become a little bit off cycle [due to one reason or another] and it’s possible to finish a couple weeks or months ahead of schedule [like...

Physicians: A History of Healing and Torture

“Primum non nocere” – Do no harm  Every year just before the weather chills and the trees begin to brace themselves against the long nights ahead loads of medical students gather in auditoriums across the country to recite the immortal phrases set down by Hippocrates thousands...

A Simple Timeline for Residency Applications

Starting fourth year of medical school a paradoxical sense of relief and worry washes over you at the same time. Relief that Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS are done–so no more studying for a while! Worry because of the looming question, what happens next? The excitement of this next chapter in...

4th Year: Enter the Sub-I. Top 5 Things That Changed

I remember walking onto the floors of my first rotation exactly one year ago. It was like spectating an intense game of basketball right from center court. “Oh excuse me am I in your way?” “Oh ya, let me get that for you!” “Hey, want some water?” Feeling out of...

Lessons Learned During Step 2 CK Studying

Studying for an extended period of time is the ultimate insight into the basic idea of “improving”. Becoming more efficient at tasks or even learning how to maximize our own potential is something most of us spend a lifetime trying to gain control of. As medical students we’re...

3 Tips for Dealing with the Unpredictable

It doesn’t take long for the first year medical student to come to grips with the time consuming nature of medicine. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten it all under control another something happens to send you into a frenzy (are we all control freaks?). I guess if anything med...

Update I: Step 2 CK- Memories

It seems like only yesterday I was trudging through the murky waters that were Step 1 studying. Those endless pathways of sugar metabolism and index cards covered with factoids kept me on the edge of my seat for weeks. The end of each long day would be a reprieve but could never eclipse the...