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Student Life

Not Alone: A Cuddler’s Perspective

Written by Jessie Evangelista ’15
When I was in Kindergarten, my school bus used to drop me off at the hospital where my mother worked. My older sister and I would sit quietly in my mom’s office and do our homework while she finished up her work. Most of my friends would get stickers or McDonald’s for their good behavior, but if my sister and I were on our best behavior, my mom would reward us by taking us to see the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – where a multidisciplinary team cares for premature and critically ill newborns. Continue reading

Education

How We Are Structured and How We Function

Written by Gilana Finogenov ’18
Her features were flattened and deformed, showing she had been fixed. I thought of a Barbie doll whose limbs would stay in place as you lifted and moved her. A line drawn down the back and three across, like a knife in pale dough, and as fast. I felt very warm. A bead of sweat trickled down from under my arm. “Is it just me, or is it really warm in here?” I asked my lab group. Of course, it was just me. Lab is cold. Lab is always really cold. Continue reading

Education

“Closer to Falling Than Jumping:” The Winding Path to a Specialty

Written by Matthew MacKinnon ’15
Don’t be scared to be hypocritical, entirely convinced of one specialty one day only to be entirely convinced of another the following day. The process of answering is more important than the answer itself. Your mind is able to cast itself in the role of a surgeon, radiologist, or family practitioner when you verbalize your answer. You will begin having brief glimpses of your perceived future and develop a taste for the specialty as the words exit your lips. Continue reading

Global Health

Experiencing the Culture and Healthcare System in Vietnam

Written by John Paul Kelada ’15
POOR PATIENT. I read this label on a patient’s chart, realizing it served as a warning to the providers at Cho Ray Hospital. While I was aware of healthcare settings with limited resources, only here in Vietnam, working at what’s touted as the country’s largest and most advanced hospital, did I gain the unfortunate appreciation of realizing how severe it is: The emergency room is so crowded with patient beds that it’s a fire hazard and families bag intubated relatives day and night because of a lack of ventilators. Treatment is limited to what the family can afford, which is little when the average salary is less than $200 per month. Continue reading

Education

Diary of a Fourth-Year Student: On Being a Female Surgeon & Other Lessons from Colorado

Written by Kathryn Schlosser ’15
I really wished I had brought my suit. I was exhausted, grungy, and a little bit shaky from overnight call. The voice in the back of my head was questioning whether the black sheath dress I had hung in my locker yesterday morning was too little, too much, or just not quite right for this presentation. But I had no other option – my newly tailored interview suit was 1,300 miles away, and there was no way I had the time or money to buy one for just a presentation. Thank goodness I had brought flats instead of heels. The adrenaline from the night before could only do so much. Continue reading

Education

“The More Rural, the Better:” Practicing Medicine in Caribou Maine

Written by Nishan Bingham ’16
About a year ago when I was sitting in Med Ed 200 listening to the clerkship directors sell the different clinical sites, I decided that I wanted to go to Caribou, Maine, for Family Medicine. I wanted to see during the rotation what it was like to be an old-school country doctor—someone connected to the community who is ready for whatever walks in the door (and ready to walk out the door, if need be). I figured the more rural, the better. Continue reading