Rural Utah

By: Julia Kammel, MD Have you ever heard of Bicknell, Utah? Neither had I. During our residency program we each have the opportunity to experience a month in a rural part of the country to learn how medicine is practiced there. I was lucky enough to be placed in Bicknell, Utah. To be honest, when … Continue reading Rural Utah

The Stroke, the Process, the Interview

By: Rachel Goossen, MD Two years ago, I received an email from my close friend, Kerri, to let me know that her husband, Dave, had had a pontine hemorrhagic stroke and was in the ICU at a hospital in our hometown of San Jose. Other than a bad headache just minutes before, there were no … Continue reading The Stroke, the Process, the Interview

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

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

For A Mountain Vacation, Allow Time To Acclimatize

What could be better than a winter trip to the mountains? For many skiers and snowboarders visiting Utah, the answer is absolutely nothing. They plan travel and lodging, prep their equipment, get their passes, and hope for the legendary Utah powder to be abundant during their stay. Unfortunately, while all of the standard preparations may … Continue reading For A Mountain Vacation, Allow Time To Acclimatize

Wellness is Professionalism

By Katie Fortenberry, PhD A resident suffering from depression drinks too much and sleeps through a hospital shift the next morning. Another resident walks out of a patient room in the midst of a panic attack. As family medicine educators, how do we best handle these health concerns in our residents? The pendulum in medical … Continue reading Wellness is Professionalism