You’ve got the grades under control, right? You’ve got your extracurriculars all planned, right? You’re shadowing, researching, studying, panicking! Is it all going to be okay? Will I get into medical school?! WILL I?! Yes, you will. You know why? Because we’re going to reveal the secrets of the admissions process.
Continue reading How to Get Into Medical School
Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta discuss the anesthesiologist whose patient accidentally caught her on tape insulting, defaming, and generally being a jerk about him. Obviously, this crosses a line, but there is a lot of gallows humor in medicine. Are doctors at risk for having their ‘private conversations’ recorded and being used against them, even in the operating room? And John, reacting to a scenario in an ethics small group session, suggests that it might be a valid thing to ignore legality in favor of doing the right thing, and his classmates were not happy.
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Dylan Todd joins the team, along with Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, and Cory Christensen to talk about magic. Specifically, whether there is a role for it in medicine. How far should we go in accepting the unknown as valid in treating sick people and in medical research? Complementary medicine, the placebo effects, cochlear implants, many drugs…all (maybe? usually? not always?) work but we don’t always know why or how.
Continue reading Magical Mystery Medicine
They stand up every day in the front of the room, going on about the nitty-gritty details of this or that, while your desperate fear of missing something that will be on the test is coming off you like an odor. But who are these lecturers and professors, really? We’ll find out in this series, Secret Lives of CCOM Professors.
Denise Martinez, MD, is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, and as such it may be fitting that she and her husband are foodies with a special interest in ethnic foods. Continue reading SLoCCOMP: Denise Martinez
Senuri Jayatilleka and Eric Wilson have clawed their way to the surface of the M3-year waters to take a breath, and are ready to update Lisa Wehr on what they’re doing (and have been told they should do) to prepare for their fourth year (‘the promised land’) and matching. Time off, here they come! They share what they’ve learned about presenting patients, and the role the white coat plays in their education (hint: never let them see you sweat).
Continue reading 1970s Personalized Care?
This time, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, and Cory Christensen are joined by CCOM alumna Yolanda Villalvazo to talk about what it’s like to have your doctor call you ‘old’ at 39. Two terms are used for moms over 35: ‘geriatric OB patient,’ and ‘advanced maternal age.’ How does that affect moms? How does it affect moms who are physicians, and what are the tensions then between doctor-mom and doctor?
Continue reading Of Advanced Maternal Age
We’ve been bandying about the topic of professionalism recently, and perhaps we’re not the only ones. Kaci McCleary, Alison Pletch, and Eugene Velednitsky caught an episode of the Inside Stories podcast which featured a medical student who is in trouble with his med school’s administration for what he might characterize as his outspoken nature (but which his administration characterizes as his propensity to express himself unprofessionally). Consider listening to the episode before you listen to our show (link below), but given our recent focus on the topic, we decided to chime in on Joji’s disillusionment.
This time, Mark Toral, John Pienta, Kaci McCleary and Nick Sparr discuss Medical Student Performance Evaluations and Dave’s problem: if you’re looking for it to be a recommendation, that’s not going to happen; but the good news is that when you start your clinical rotations, you are already starting to write your own MSPE through the comments you get, so we discuss how to get good comments and how to learn from the formative ones. We debate Mt. Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine ongoing program that guarantees admission to college sophomores who have good grades and are humanities majors, no MCAT required. And Nick describes one of his medschool interviews in which he laid out his plans for an end-of-the-world harem.
Melissa Palma met former transplant surgeon Hani Elkadi in the clinic, and when they got to talking she realized she couldn’t keep him to herself. Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Nicholas Sparr join her for a discussion of his youth in the middle east, the choices (or lack thereof) that led him along the winding road of life. Dr. Elkadi discusses the role of technology and how it’s changed medicine both for the better and the worse, shares stories from his medical training, the role of volunteering in medical training, and the trap specialists sometimes fall into when trying to treat patients.
This time, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, Keenan Laraway, and John Pienta have a wide ranging discussion on evaluations and med school’s fascination with data (and how poorly written evaluations lead to poor data); weather social media’s emotional content is a true reflection of reality; and Dave’s desire to have the opportunity to decide for himself that having a lot of money will not make him happy. And as Keenan’s time in medical school draws to a close, and he has nothing to lose, he decides to get something off his chest–do students who are disagreeable really deserve to be tarred with the “unprofessional” brush?