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“No Residents!”

By: Bruce Campbell Category Reflections in a Head Mirror by Dr. Bruce Campbell
Skill to do comes of doing. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson     We are in the last steps of getting surgery arranged; the counseling is complete and the consent is on the clipboard. Just as the …

What Do Students Do On Third-Year Surgery Rotations?

From Skeptical Scalpel
A woman who has been accepted by a few medical schools and is trying to decide which one to choose asks:
What extent of involvement should be expected for medical school surgery rotations? I have enjoyed shadowing general surgery and …

Learning Bedside Manner

“I’m sorry to hear you’re having abdominal pain”
By: Celeste Lipkes
My very first patient is a baby doll. “He won’t stop crying,” the mother says solemnly and pats its plastic leg. She tells me that the baby’s hands have been swollen for …

How Should Residents Spend Their Time?

From Skeptical Scalpel
As everyone knows, residents are now restricted to working 80 hours per week. One of the lesser known side effects of this work hours limitation is the drastic loss of educational conference time.
Since at least one third of the …