Browsing All posts tagged under »humor«

On Floss Picks and Empathy

June 26, 2013

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Humanism and empathy are all the rage in today’s medical literature and are increasingly emphasized in the education process.  We select applicants who display these virtues or in whom we think we can cultivate them.  They’re even recognized by national societies like the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, of which I am I a member.  All […]

Internship – Day 1

June 17, 2013

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post anything – thanks for bearing with me. Believe me, it’s been a busy few months.  I finished up my clinical rotations, worked in a Chinese hospital, graduated medical school, became a Lieutenant, and drove from one coast to the other to reach my new […]

Mediku | Café World

January 10, 2013

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ICU beds are limited, and are much more expensive than “regular” floor beds (costing up to thousands of dollars each day).  Therefore, patients in the ICU are frequently assessed & re-assessed for the level of care their illness necessitates – their “candidacy” for ICU-level care, if you will.  Clinical evaluations aside, there are certain signs […]

Mediku | Well, I’m Allergic to Bullsh*t

October 20, 2012

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This mediku comes from my buddy Vince (@ER_DrTobe2013) and was inspired by an all-too-common occurrence in his field of his choice, Emergency Medicine.  Patients who are so-called “frequent-fliers” are often mysteriously allergic to first-tier painkillers, but not “that one that begins with.. a D, I think?”  Enjoy: My back is hurting I’m allergic to morphine […]

Mediku | Pincushins

October 14, 2012

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This month, I’m spending my days working with a rheumatology practice.  It’s interesting to see the kinds of things the group is consulted on in the hospital – but in the office it’s mostly NSAIDs and knee-injections, which inspired this mediku. “Doc, my joint’s in pain!” Hmm . . . stick a needle in it […]

2011-2012: The Year in Clinicals

August 8, 2012

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It’s easy to get caught up in the tests and scutwork that dominate the third and fourth years of medical school.  Students are eager to get out of the classroom and into the hospital full-time, but that enthusiasm often fades with each fax, copy, or phone call that must be placed, and can turn to […]

Pediatrics in the Hood

April 18, 2012

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I thought my last clerkship as a third year medical student deserved something more memorable than the typical medical haiku I write.  In its stead I submit to you a David Letterman style Top Ten, drawn 100% from actual events. So, without further ado: The Top Ten Signs You are a Medical Student Practicing Pediatrics […]