Category: medical students

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An Incomplete Solution

02 Oct 2019

By Elizabeth Lim As a medical student and an aspiring surgeon, I enjoy when there is a definite solution or an answer to a problem. The level of satisfaction knowing that something is fixable is i...

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A Transplant Reflection

09 Aug 2019

By Priya Suri At first glance, he was a sinewy man—built long and hard. He was wheeled into the operating room (OR) intubated and eyes blinking. Was he blinded by the blaring white lights just l...

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Waiting Your Turn

08 May 2019

By Alyssa Brown I remember very clearly the first time I heard about Match Day.  We were sitting in the lecture hall, and we stopped lecture to watch the live stream of Match Day.  This was almo...

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Gimme Shelter

23 Jan 2019

By Alyssa Brown         “It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away,” blared the music in the OR.   There was a flurry of hands and spurts of blood. But I should start at the be...

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Death & Dying: Finding Meaning in Loss

05 Dec 2018

By Vaidehi Mujumdar April of 2017, Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote a piece in The New Yorker called “Love in the Time of Numbness; Or Doctor Chekhov, Writer.’ The last line was: "Beauty in all of it...

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Black Clouds

22 Nov 2018

by Alyssa Brown      “You won’t see much with Dr. C on call this weekend because he’s a white cloud,” mumbled my attending.  I immediately asked what he meant. He gave me a withering lo...

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The Importance of Mentorship and Experiences

31 Oct 2018

By Fabiola Valenzuela As one of the winners of an essay contest held by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (https://www.utrgv.edu/school-of-medicine/) Surgery Department a...

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Becoming a Woman in Surgery

25 Oct 2018

by Rachel Salinas Becoming a surgeon is an intimidating endeavor. The moment I said it out loud, people would comment on how hard the hours are, how mentally and emotionally exhausting this career...