A Different Aspect of Medicine

By: Kristin Sandoval Preceding my elective experience I was asked to write down a couple of learning goals to expound upon after as a reflective assessment of my experience. I approached this task as if it were a typical medical student requirement in that I chose topics that were of interest, but could also be … Continue reading A Different Aspect of Medicine

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

“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 Art of Identifying Jane Doe

Debra Hampton wants to meet in the family room outside of the ICU so that she can be close by the commotion of an unstable patient being taken back for emergent surgery. The lights in the room are soft and the hum of the heating system gives a blanket of background noise. Debra is wearing … Continue reading The Art of Identifying Jane Doe

The Doctor is in…24/7?

  Like many of my colleagues in medical education, I am a part-time clinician.  My time is split, spending less than half in my own clinical practice with the rest devoted to resident education.  This is precisely why I love my job.  The diversity of each day keeps me engaged, challenged, and excited about the … Continue reading The Doctor is in…24/7?