Notes from a First-Year Med Student: Active Learning Study Tips

Written by Jenna Dafgek '21
I just had my first real medical school exam this past Friday (*shriek*). I tried hard these past three weeks to utilize effective and efficient study methods that focused on active learning to help me prepare. With school just starting, it’s a great time to try out new methods and integrate them into your studying repertoire.

A Focus on the Health Care System: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Written by Kathryn Patton '20
As medical students, we are focused on the human body – how to improve health and well-being, and cure illness. In the world of quality improvement and patient safety (QI and PS), we are focused on the healthcare system as a whole. How can we make it better for our patients? Here at the Larner College of Medicine, I help to lead a group focused on introducing medical students to these important areas in healthcare, in the hopes that they develop the same passion for QI and PS that I have.

An Elemental Experience in Medicine

Written by Khaled al Tawil '19
As a student in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at Hudson Headwaters Health Network, I have the opportunity to get to know patients over the course of an entire year. I’ll accompany them to check-ups, tests, surgeries, rehabilitation – any interaction with a health care provider is considered a learning opportunity. Not only do I experience the health care system from multiple angles, I begin to understand what it’s like for a patient to experience sickness and health.   

A Look Back: Top Five Posts from the Larner College of Medicine Blog

Next week, the Larner College of Medicine welcomes the Class of 2021 to campus. As we begin another academic year, we wanted to take the opportunity to look back at the past year of writing from our students, and revisit some of the most popular blog posts. The top five most-viewed posts showcase the diversity of our students, as well as the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the field of medicine.

Book Review: “Dreamland,” the Opioid Epidemic 101

Written by Kenyon Bolton '18
Every medical library should have a table of recommended books. After a day of study, I often linger by the one at my school, wishing that I had more time for a good read. I recently picked up a recommendation and didn’t let go. The author’s name was familiar and the praise for the book was compelling, but most of all it was the subtitle that drew me in: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.