Tag Archives: Medical School

Sunflower Power

Everyday for the past 3 weeks, I have driven the 35 miles to work and watched this little patch of sunflowers grow on the side of Interstate 40.  I am enough of a narcissist to think that the little patch … Continue reading

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Head of the Class

It was hard to know if I belonged.  I wasn’t like the typical medical student.  I had never set out to become a doctor, it was never expected of me, and believe it or not, I kind of fell into … Continue reading

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Those who can, should teach.

I love having students.  I’ve had all kinds.  High schoolers considering a career in medicine.  Premed students applying for medical school.  PA students.  Medical students on a family medicine rotation. My partner recently asked me if I get paid to … Continue reading

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The Moment

In retrospect, the moment that I decided to go to medical school happened in our kitchen.  My mother answered the phone back when phones hung on walls.  Back when one phone belonged to everyone in the house.  Back when I … Continue reading

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So you want to be a doctor?

Are you f^cking crazy?  Ha, ha I’m just kidding. No really, do you belong in a mental institution?  Yeah, that’s a joke, too.  My sense of humor takes some getting used to. If you like being berated, abused, overworked, under … Continue reading

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Teaching Doubt

Dr. G motioned toward the small upholstered seat in his office.  I obliged and sat down while he walked around his oversized mahogany desk and sat in his black leather chair.  How many patients sat here, nervous, uncertain, looking at their … Continue reading

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Pap Smears, Rectal Exams, and Other Dinner Conversation

I remember my first pap smear. Not the first one I had, but the first one I gave, likewise for my first rectal exam. Luckily, I haven’t had one of those yet. Medical schools hire actors to play the part … Continue reading

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