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Evidence-Based Medicine and the Newly Trained Physician: A Relationship in the Works

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Despite evidence-based medicine's role as an incredible advancement in the history of medical care and patient management, there remains many challenges that young clinicians must face when attempting to implement EBM into their respective practices.

It's So Obvious That You Are a Med School Student

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

The way you interact with your fellow med student colleagues at work calls out your job description. It's not the content of what you say to each other as you cross paths in the hospital hallways that leaves your identity utterly exposed. Rather, it is the way your eyes transmit a complex but mutual signal of despair and competition that clearly says it all.

The High Drama of Residency Match Day

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

But I think that the fervent drama of match day has a lot to teach us about something only slightly related. Examine the specifics of the emotional turmoil of the process, and one can find many analogies to that of being a patient

Breaking It Down: The End of Medical Training

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We've almost made it. Long gone are the purgatory stints of library study, slaving to solve esoteric problems relating to planks and pulleys. Innu...

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: Health Care Workers Stage Nationwide Protests

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.14.2014 | Black Voices

Medical students from more than 70 schools on Wednesday protested racial profiling and police brutality through the social media initiative #WhiteCoat...

Practicing Narrative Medicine

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

I realize that my naïve pre-medical view on medicine was laughably distorted. Real medicine, real doctoring, is not primarily about making friends out of strangers, and drawing out a patient's entire life-world within the course of a single meeting. At the end of the day, our objective is to be a good doctor first and to discern the details that matter in saving that person's life.

Creating a More Empathetic Medical Workforce

Paloma Toledo, M.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Chicago
Paloma Toledo, M.D.

In the changing face of medicine, we need to incorporate more empathy and human experience into medical education in order to create more compassionate doctors.

Facing Mortality

Rui Dai | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rui Dai

Helplessness is not something 20-somethings are accustomed to feeling. I don't think we understand mortality until we are confronted with it in the most unexpected circumstances.

Introductions With the Dead

Rui Dai | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Rui Dai

Introductions with living patients tend to be hard, because you are asking a stranger to trust you with the utmost intimate details of their lives. Introductions with the dead are harder. They tend to be the most enigmatic patients.

How Did You Know That You Wanted to Be a Doctor?

Quora | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Quora

As an adolescent, I had romantic notions on the life of a physician. The self-fulfillment and gratification that comes with being a healer appealed to me in an instinctual way. Years from where I started, there's less prestige and even less glory. But there's more honor than I could've imagined.

Medical Students Discuss 'Red Flags' About the Future of Health Care

David Freudberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
David Freudberg

In the din of polemics and punditry about health care reform, we have not heard much from one vitally important voice: that of young people now attending medical school, to whom we will entrust the future of health care.

The Three-Year MD: A Radical Rethinking of Medical Education

Robert I. Grossman, MD | Posted 12.02.2013 | College
Robert I. Grossman, MD

We argue for the radical rethinking of medical education, and suggest that shortening medical school education is one approach to address the need for change in the post-Flexnerian era. Doing so would offer highly qualified students the opportunity to fulfill their medical school requirements in three years, without compromising the quality of their education.

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although further investigations may be useful in further legitimizing this innovative method in controlling blood pressure, this study demonstrates that there may be more effective ways in managing hypertension than the current standard of care.

The Business of Medical Training

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although I continue to believe that these professional qualities are paramount to excellent patient care, I am finding that other, less-obvious proficiencies are also required. Ironically, these skills that I have in mind involve a field what we as physicians know least about: business.

Health Care 101: Survival Tips for Medical Students

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

To survive medical school one must be genuinely interested to learn, be ready to jump through hoops when necessary, and be prepared to experience the ups and downs of caring for patients with serious illness.

Orthopedic Surgery: Women on the Rise in a Male-Dominated Field

Dr. Mary I. O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women
Dr. Mary I. O'Connor

As the population continues to age, the need for orthopedic surgeons will increase. In order to continue to attract the best and the brightest, orthopedics needs to attract women students.

Are Online Medical Resources Making or Breaking the Next Generation of Physicians?

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Online medical resources are certainly not the next fad in health care. They are likely to become a permanent fixture in the way we as doctors practice medicine.

WATCH: Course Teaches Doctors To Communicate

Posted 06.18.2012 | Fifty

Practicing medicine is more than just making a diagnosis and finding a cure, it involves the fundamental aspects of communication. Concerned with t...

An Examination of Unhappy Doctors

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

The last few years have seen radical changes in the health care system. I suspect that many doctors report unhappiness because these changes mean that many doctors' careers do not live up to their expectations.

Discussing Med Student Problems With @MedStudentProbl

Priya Malhotra | Posted 12.12.2011 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

Despite my studying-induced bouts of psychosis, I do take comfort in the fact that I'm not alone on this stressful (but rewarding) journey. Case in point: @MedStudentProbl.

Medical Students to Senate Republicans: Repeal Is Not the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis

Iyah Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Iyah Romm

The overwhelming majority of physicians agree that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act will improve access to health care services for millions of Americans.

Boston Med Students Host Free Health Clinics For Uninsured (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Medical students in the Boston area are gaining experience and helping their uninsured neighbors by hosting regular pop-up clinics to provide health c...

House Health Care Bill: A Death Sentence For My Fellow Breast Cancer Survivors

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Pelosi made a choice about the lifesaving biologic drugs I took when I was in chemotherapy that will cost many fellow breast cancer survivors everything they own, and quite possibly their lives.

Medical Knowledge Used to Depend on Grave Robbing

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

It was only two hundred years ago that "resurrectionists" would routinely raid cemeteries in order to provide cadavers for dissection classes in medical schools.