The Long and Winding Road

By: Brian Hill I recently completed the application, interview, rank, and match process for sports medicine fellowship. This process gave me déjà vu back to when I was applying for family medicine residency. Both the residency and fellowship have similar steps including completing an ERAS application, obtaining letters of recommendation, and submitting your medical school … Continue reading The Long and Winding Road

Big Experiences Through Small Means

By: China Cox As residents, we spend a good amount of time talking about our hospital ward experience at the small community hospital that serves as our primary residency home. The place has its quirks including the people, processes, semi paper charting, an urban patient population, etc (+/- ghosts). As much as it drives us … Continue reading Big Experiences Through Small Means

What I Learned About American Family Medicine in Rural Tanzania

He stands, bent, outside the front of the house, the two steps up to the door being too far to lift himself leaning hard on the old stick, cloth padding the top as a cane or maybe a crutch. I step down to greet him, “Jambo,” (how are you) and to wish him “Salama,” (peace). … Continue reading What I Learned About American Family Medicine in Rural Tanzania

The Joy of Teaching Medical Students

I love teaching. Preceptors (and teachers in general) might give different reasons for why they teach, but common themes are: Making a difference in a student’s life Deriving joy from watching a student “get it” “Paying it forward,” and emulate a great teacher/ mentor that they had Enjoying life-long learning and staying sharp; it is … Continue reading The Joy of Teaching Medical Students

“Bad News:” Any information which adversely and seriously affects an individual’s view of his or her future.

I teach Physician Assistant (PA) students the art of the medical interview and this morning had just finished teaching the lecture entitled, “Delivering Bad News.”  I walked the students through the S.P.I.K.E.S model, encouraging them to plan out the Setting, think about the patient Perception, get an Invitation from the patient to present information, impart … Continue reading “Bad News:” Any information which adversely and seriously affects an individual’s view of his or her future.

The Calm Before the Storm

The calm before the storm. That is what I have decided to write about, and I suppose the audience best fit for this piece are the thousands of fourth-year medical students, anxiously awaiting rank and match day, and excited to finally be called "Doctor." The process of becoming a physician is long, exhausting, and daunting. … Continue reading The Calm Before the Storm