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Rui Dai
Rui Dai is a MD/PhD candidate at Duke University School of Medicine. She has written a column for the Duke Chronicle Daily Newspaper, and her works have been published in textbooks, such as Real Writing with Readings, edited by Susan Anker. She is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief of VOICES, the Duke Med literary magazine, and hopes to continue writing throughout her career in medicine and science. She would love to hear from you and could be reached at ruidaiwriting (a) gmail (.) com.

Entries by Rui Dai

Facing Mortality

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:44 PM

She was the same age as I was.

When I pulled back the screen, the smell of vomit assaulted my senses. She was bent over a gray pail clutched close to her chest, retching, though nothing came out.

"Hi, I'm going to be the medical student working with...

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Introductions With the Dead

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:20 AM

I have introduced myself to a total of two dead individuals in my life.

The first was during gross anatomy when we opened up the body bag in our first semester of medical school. He was an elderly gentleman who clearly had a full life and a peaceful death....

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Medical School: From the Beginning

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Except for the first 15 minutes of introductions and pleasantries, the van was silent. There were a total of six of us, including the driver. Three were from the liver transplant team, while Dr. M and I were the heart team. The atmosphere seemed a little too ordinary to be...

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Why You Should Become a Dukie

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 6:28 PM

As the deadline approaches for high school seniors to decide which college they would like to attend, I want to present an argument for why Duke University is one of the best -- if not the best -- in the world. That said, I am biased towards my alma mater...

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Women in Science

(16) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Gender inequality is inherently unfair. More importantly, it also discourages young girls from pursuing dreams that could one day change the world. It dashes potential revolutions before they can even begin. Appointing females to more important positions and actively mentoring female students in scientific research will not only generate new...

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What Goldman Sachs Tells Us About Teach for America

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Last week, Goldman Sachs announced that it would scale back its two-year analyst program and eliminate the bonus at the end of the two years. This comes as a shock to many college seniors and forecasts a potential trend among college-hire programs in other companies. More importantly, it...

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Why Young People Are Becoming Secular

(258) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Christianity is not going anywhere in the near future. It is intimately tied to the history and government of America. Even today, a prayer opens every congressional session. Messages invoking God still grace almost every single legal tender in the United States. "In God We Trust" remains the...

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Our Misunderstanding of Stem Cells

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 8:38 PM

It's always troubling to see a misunderstanding concerning a recent scientific discovery. The latest concerns an Israeli team of scientists, led by Lior Gepstein, that converted skin cells from two patients with heart attack into stem cells and then heart cells.

SourceFed, one of my favorite channels...

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Modernize the Constitution, But Do it Through an Amendment

(18) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 3:01 PM

Kevin Bleyer, a writer for Jon Stewart's the Daily Show, recently launched a campaign on to gather ideas that can help change the Constitution of the United States. I do not disagree with the sentiments of this campaign. Throwing around ideas is great. However, if anything is...

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Should the Super Rich Be Richer?

(58) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 5:50 PM

With the presidential election coming up in just a few short months, one of the biggest questions on everyone's minds is economics, specifically unemployment. President Obama has attempted to generate a momentum to raise higher taxes on the rich and giving other incentives to try to lower unemployment. The Republicans...

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Americanese: In Between the Gaps

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 11:47 AM

At the turn of twentieth century's last decade, large numbers of Chinese students immigrated to study in Europe and the United States. The dust of Tiananmen Square had just settled. Surprisingly in response, both Chinese and Western governments dramatically loosened restrictions on educational exchange. The Chinese government wanted to send...

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