Match point

And now we wait. After spending roughly 2,000 hours in a classroom, 4,000 hours in clinics and hospitals and thousands more studying or taking tests, my classmates and I are ready to graduate...

Hold on just a minute

In the breast pocket of my white coat, I carry the beat-up business card that a patient gave me. Every month or two, when I bend over, the card falls out and I remember one of the most remarkable...

Health and a hot meal

Madeline is one of the sickest patients I have met in three years of medical school. Homeless, she came by ambulance to the hospital for malnutrition and frostbite after days sleeping out in...

So long, frying pan

Barely three months have passed since I rounded out the first half of medical school. Those long hours of lecture, which tested my concentration and comprehension as a first-year medical student,...

Meeting my future

As my classroom education winds down – I’m in the very last week of basic science classes now – I spent several days getting a glimpse of my future education. I headed to Seattle for the...

The Final Countdown

If you can read the board in this picture, you will see what has been striking fear into my heart for days now. Not “Pig meeting — Dr. Morgan will be talking about painful sex taco bar.”...

Students still focused on crisis of uninsurance, unequal care

One general truth I’ve learned about health: Ignoring a problem rarely makes it go away. Imagine you regularly get winded and feel your chest clench up for a minute after climbing stairs. Yes, if...

What do you think the teacher will look like this hour?

If I’m counting right, I had 14 teachers this week. Since we had a test Friday, that’s 14 people over 20 hours of class time. I'd hit 23 if I count the doctor I work with in clinic and the...

Unspeakable

Mid-December brought us first- and second-year med students a much-needed winter break. Mine was lovely, punctuated by only a few moments of panic as I contemplated studying for this summer's...

Warning: Student driver

Medical school has lately made me think of a class I took in high school that changed my life. Not biology or chemistry. No, it was driver's ed. I can still easily recall the feeling of behind the...