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Medical Challenge | Altered Mental Status Pt. 2

July 12, 2013


This medical challenge is adapted from a real clinical scenario, and though complex, is an excellent example of the broad differential required for an elderly person with a change in mental status – one of the most common presentations to the emergency department. An 80 year old white male is brought to the emergency department […]

On Floss Picks and Empathy

June 26, 2013


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


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 […]

The Importance of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

March 29, 2013


This guest post was written by Dr. Mark Swartz, M.D.  Please see the author bio below for more information. The Importance of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination “Do you smoke, drink coffee or consume alcohol? If you answered yes—how often?” As a patient, you may feel overwhelmed having to answer each question as […]

March Madness

March 27, 2013


If you know me personally, you know I don’t really care for sports – but whether or not you’re into college hoops, if you’re a 4th year medical student in the U.S., March means only one thing:  Match Day. Before completing their final year of training, senior medical students participate in the competitive application process […]

Answer to Medical Challenge | Sudden Pain

March 25, 2013


**If you would like another chance to read the challenge before seeing the answer, click here.  Scroll down for the answer.  ** ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The correct answer is D) Nephrolithiasis. Some of you chose the correct condition, but on the wrong side of the body.  Remember that the patient had pain on the left, and that […]

Medical Challenge | Sudden Pain

March 23, 2013


Case:  A 43 year old female presents to the emergency department complaining of sudden-onset, sharp, left-sided abdominal pain that radiates to the groin, followed by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Based on the images and history provided above, what is the most likely diagnosis? A) Appendicitis B) Diverticulitis C) Hernia D) Nephrolithiasis (kidney stone) E) Ruptured […]