Final thoughts from the Emergency Department

It is 8 p.m. Two hours remain on my final shift in the Emergency Department. The lobby is full and we are working at a fast pace. My preceptor asks me to go see the patient in bed three. A...

Not a fish

It took a full minute of back scratching and hair stroking before she stirred. "Hey, girlie," I whispered as I leaned over the bed. "I'm going to work now. Can I have a big hug and a...

Ready

Originally published on The Biopsy. “Are your ready to see this patient?” asked my attending. This patient was a young mother-to-be, otherwise healthy with her first baby on the way. I had...

The Power of Continuity: Reflections from the Safety Net

StudentSpeak is pleased to present this guest post by Sylvia Peterson-Perry, MS3 who is dually-enrolled in the M.D. and MPH programs.  I first met John* while on my 3rd year inpatient internal...

The Real Rural World

“This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a duplex, work together and have their lives interlinked, to find out what happens when health students leave PDX...and start getting...

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...

The patching of a bleeding heart

The following has been selectively fictionalized to protect the identities of those involved and events that occurred. Names, races, ages, times, conditions, details and more have been modified...

The question we all know is coming

I am halfway through my third year of medical school and so far, I absolutely love it. I feel one thousand times more like a doctor than I did six months ago, and I’ve learned more in these six...

Clinical year begins

Today I completed my first clinical rotation.  What a challenging, humbling and incredibly fun experience. Five weeks ago, I was assigned to a pediatric clinic in a small town in eastern Oregon....