A Day in the Life: End of the Year Sprint

Hi Again! You will in this post see how things look during the final week of classes.  You will notice there’s a lot less happening in my schedule other than classes/studying during this time because it is crack-down mode! And then STEP 1 Board Preparation begins! I have allotted myself 4 weeks for Board studying after classes are over.

Monday

9-10am: Pulmonary lecture- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

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The Extraordinary Physician – Part 1

kamini still 1The following is the first in a two-part reflection piece written by Kamini Doobay, Class of 2015, during her Art and Science of Medicine (ASM) class.

“Breathe with your patient – with your stethoscope placed correctly. In and out….and again, in and out.”

As I fumbled to get my earpiece in correctly and gently place the cold stethoscope on Mr. T’s back, Dr. Fierer spoke these words. Breathe with my patient? I nodded in acceptance, for he knew what he was doing and I clearly did not. My skepticism and self-doubt was not obvious. No one – the doctor, the patient or my fellow classmates – could tell that all I was thinking was,”How can I breathe with my patient and listen at the same time?”

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My First Solo Patient Exam

My preceptor went ahead to double check whether the patient was willing to speak with me. I heard a woman’s voice and tried to imagine what she looked like-was that a Caribbean accent I heard? My preceptor drew back the curtain and introduced me to the patient. Then he turned and strolled out of the room to leave me alone with Mrs. Washington.*

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Jake on Clinical Skills Week

Jake Prigoff, Class of 2016, discusses Clinical Skills Week, a week at ISMMS dedicated to preparing students for their third year of medical school.

 

 

Jake Prigoff is an MD candidate, Class of 2016

Artistic Expressions: A Poem on Addiction

Kamini Doobay, Class of 2016, wrote the following poem in her second year after a patient presentation on addiction.

A Plea to Her Father

Is it a disease? I used to ask.
How can a man be ruled by a flask?
Falling into an abyss and falling so fast,
Into this horrid spell that life itself cast.

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Listen to Your Patients

I’ve had experience interviewing adolescents before. I worked at the Adolescent Health Center for most of a semester in my first year of medical school. But this was the first time I would interview an adolescent patient alone, and perform the physical exam. I was a bit nervous.

I walked into the room to find a tall, thin, young woman lying nearly supine, bundled in hospital bed sheets. Her father sat in the green, rubbery chair beside her bed. The girl’s pale face nearly blended into the bed sheets that enveloped her. I introduced myself and asked for her name. Veronica.

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Fareedat on Lectures

Fareedat Oluyadi, Class of 2016, discusses lectures being optional.

Fareedat Headshot resizeFareedat Oluyadi is an MD Candidate, Class of 2016