Heroes Don’t Have to be Talented

A 68 year old man comes into the clinic for an afternoon appointment, complaining of vague symptoms that seem like nothing more than those of an older man who doesn’t take great care of himself feeling the effects of neglecting his own health for so many years. The resident responsible for his care goes through […]

Unlearning Certainty

The first two years, it’s all about identifying an answer. The answer. It’s always nestled among five choices, at the bottom of  a carefully constructed paragraph that includes all the information we need. Being a great first or second year student becomes of game of plodding through the cycle of memorization and regurgitation. Once we’re […]

What’s It For

Throughout medical school, we jump to “How’d I do?” After all, feedback, grades, and evaluations are the engine of success for medical students. But, the answer to “How’d I do?” depends on another, more important question. “What’s it for?” When we skip that question, the one that defines the meaning and purpose of anything we […]

Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

The happy hour, the concert, the potluck dinner, or even the phone call to someone we love is a waste of time. The tests and research projects, they’re more important, right? After all, medical students are busy.  Really, we’re choosing to hide. Hiding is so appealing because the alternative, stepping out from behind to-do lists, […]