This afternoon, I went to the Tower building to meet Dr. Cardinale Smith, an oncologist with palliative care training who focuses on lung cancers. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak to members of my class last semester about her experience in dealing with cancer patients, but I wanted to find out more about how she decided on her specialty. We had, what was for me, a very enlightening chat that piqued my interest in oncology. I am looking forward to exploring this more.


At 9 am this morning, I found myself at the Palliative Care Clinic in the Martha Stewart Center shadowing a few physicians and residents. This was my second visit to the center and just like the first time around, I was struck by how palliative care need not be restricted to patients who are terminally ill. The patients I saw  in the clinic were seeking ways to improve their quality of life, despite being burdened with a chronic disease. Another thing I took note of and was very pleased by, was the fact that unlike the other specialties where unfortunately doctors seemed to have a brief amount of time to spend with each patient, the palliative care physicians I observed spent a considerably longer period of time listening to the patient’s needs and concerns. For that reason amongst many others, palliative care is becoming more and more appealing to me.

Tonight was the night of the Vagina Monologues featuring several of my fellow classmates. I was utterly blown away by their performance. I was also extremely proud of my mates and proud to be a member of such a talented class. Go ISMMS!


This evening was a real treat because I got to perform a well-baby exam on a neonate born just three hours prior to the exam! I had signed up for Preseason Peds which afforded first-year students the chance to learn basic skills essential for Pediatrics that we wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to until our third year. We were each assigned a resident mentor and mine was a great teacher who was patient with me as I mimicked his maneuvers for the exam. I enjoyed spending time with the baby.

Since a friend of mine was visiting from Ghana this weekend, I went straight home to cook a Ghanaian dinner – fufu and chicken groundnut soup. I had not had this dish in awhile and had missed it. It felt good to have a piece of Ghana!

MountSinaiJan2013_169Efe “Chantal” Ghanney is an MD Candidate, Class of 2017

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Vision (1-3): Perception, Self-Awareness, and Fantasy

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Let’s Talk: Superwomen in Medicine

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Medical Students Advocate to #ProtectOurPatients

Medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) are trained to be informed advocates, activists, and change-makers for their patients and society. A few ISMMS students joined the #ProtectOurPatients movement in Washington, DC to sound a clarion call for change.
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Medical Students Dare to Enter the Tank

To culminate InFocus 7, the Department of Medical Education designed the School's first #MedEdTank, allowing third-year medical students the opportunity to pitch health care process improvements to leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System—in "Shark Tank" fashion.
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Outside the wind tears

still-green leaves from their branches

pulling them up and off 

like a corn shucker

ripping husk from kernels.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Drag Queen

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Shape the Times

On Thursday, September 13, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai celebrated its twenty-first annual White Coat Ceremony welcoming the Class of 2022. 
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Queer and Here: Leading Urban Youth with Pride

I was five years old when I knew for the first time that I was slightly... different. I had gotten into my mom’s closet, tried on her black strappy high heels, and found a beautiful dark red lipstick in her makeup bag. At the time, I thought that it was perfectly normally for any five year-old boy to strut up and down their parent’s bedroom in high heels, rocking the imaginary runway but alas— years later I discovered it wasn’t a shared experienced amongst my peers. 
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Over this past summer, after my first year of medical school, I decided to live in Fukushima for two months in order to understand how mental health is affected by large-scale disasters. My first days, and subsequent impressions, in Fukushima left me quite confused about its spirit and reputation.
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How to Save a Life: Confessions from the Front Line

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Race and Racism in Medicine: An Evening with Dr. Mary T. Bassett

When we invited Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to speak about racism in the health care system at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), we knew that it would be a powerful conversation.
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