By: Sara Walker, MD Even during medical school, there was always the running joke about getting kidney stones. With the frenetic pace of many rotations, it was always difficult to squeeze in bathroom time, and I suspect many of us adopted the same solution – drink less water. That is certainly how I survived my … More Drink Water. Kidney Stones Hurt.
By: Kirsten Stoesser, MD During medical school, I was talking with a fellow student about my interest in pursuing family medicine. I had reservations because I had heard that family physicians did not make much money. At the time I had no clue how much family physicians actually earned; I just knew it was ‘less,’ … More Financial Wellness
By: Erika Sullivan, MD When I was a third-year medical student, I had a rotation on the far north side of Chicago, in Evanston, at a local community hospital delivering babies on the OB Ward. Because the arrangement with this hospital was a new one, and because the hours on the OB deck were quite … More The Importance of Failure
By: Rebecca Curran, MD, PhD Minor demographic and medical details have been changed to protect patient privacy. It is my third year of medical school, my first year seeing actual patients, and I am being handed my “list” for the day. “We’re giving you Mira, a 6-year-old Serbian girl, bad cancer, kind of complicated.” “Kind … More Keeping Watch
By: Jessica Petrovich, MD I am writing this from a lakeside somewhere outside of Monticello, Utah – aka, the middle of nowhere. So far, the second year of residency has been hectic, with plenty of late night call shift emergencies and (mis)adventures navigating our awesome interns through their first tumultuous month at Salt Lake Regional Hospital. … More Lessons in Life-Long Learning
To clarify the intentionally click-bait title (and also rivetingly poetic phrase by the distinguished lyricist/rapper Big Daddy Kane): the definition of pimping in the medical field is different than the colloquial usage by artists like Jay-Z, Snoop, and Kendrick Lamar. Although most people are aware of pimping in the vernacular language (which will not be … More Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy