The White House reflections

I have been lucky to somehow accomplish a number of milestones in my lifetime: graduate college, enter medical school, build a company, spearhead a premiere medical technology conference, pen a blog...

Japan (As Magical As You Think It Is)

So it’s about 800 degrees centigrade and I’m wondering if I’ve lost my mind hiking Mt. Arashiyama in this heat. I turn and watch two children and their elderly grandparents skip gaily up the...

Let The Evening Come

This is the beginning of my fourth year of graduate school, that membranous transition period between the eager expectation of third year and the panicked frenzy of fifth year. Many of my older...

My First OSCE: A Tale of Tears

“Now, this last comment is personal advice for you as you move forward in medicine.” It was the fall of 2013, and I was in my first year of medical school. Specifically, I was receiving...

From Zambia to Medical School

StudentSpeak is pleased to share an excerpt of M.D. student Malerie Pratt's winning essay for the Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award presented by Giva. Malerie is a member...

Town Doctor

The road to the town where I did my rural clerkship travels east from Portland until you reach a sharp turn off Highway 84 that heads south. Soon after leaving the highway, you lose cellphone...

Tomorrow’s lessons

Dear --------, You were my patient for four days. On the first day, we treated your many diseases. On the second day, we removed all but comfort measures. When I arrive at the hospital...

A Plan with Not Quite Enough Time

“Patient is a 26 y/o otherwise healthy, devastatingly handsome male with a history of PSVT. He presents to the ED with three ex-EMS personnel all equipped in softball attire. Patient states that...