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10/10/2018

A Response to Alumni Disappointed in Stritch’s Support for DACA

By Sunny Nakae In May the Stritch alumni magazine published a cover feature article about our first cohort of DACA recipients admitted to the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and their impending graduation.  We received both positive and negative correspondence about this feature.  What follows is a compilation of complaints I received from […]

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10/10/2018

A Response to Alumni Disappointed in Stritch’s Support for DACA

By Sunny Nakae In May the Stritch alumni magazine published a cover feature article about our first cohort of DACA recipients admitted to the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and their impending graduation.  We received both positive and negative correspondence about this feature.  What follows is a compilation of complaints I received from […]

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09/11/2018

Emotional Rollercoaster: Learning to Doctor through Humbling Experiences

By Kihyun Kwon It was an eventful start to the morning. My attending saw the first patient, who voiced murder ideation towards her unfaithful husband. I imagined myself being taken aback in a troublesome situation like that. I was still in a state of shock when my patient arrived. The clinic schedule had no regard […]

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06/26/2018

Sharing at the Free Clinic

By Megan Masten I recently had the opportunity to spend a month at a free health-care clinic in Flint, Michigan as part of my third year Internal Medicine clerkship. I am in an underserved medicine program and I have a deep interest in working with people who have characteristically been left out of healthcare.  I […]

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06/11/2018

The Past Today: A Southern Physician Visits the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

At this year’s Southern Group on Educational Affairs conference, the University of Mississippi hosted an outing at the Two Mississippi Museums, consisting of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. I focused my visit on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.  It was exhausting, difficult, heart-wrenching, and, in the end, hopeful.  Growing […]

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06/05/2018

Switching Roles: A Physician, An Educator, A Patient

By Nalini Juthani On a bright early morning while getting ready for work, suddenly, something went “Swoosh” in my head. I saw double and felt dizzy with eyes open. Horrified, I returned back to my bed. In a few moments I began to play out various scenarios in my mind. Each potential diagnosis that flashed […]

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05/15/2018

A Reflection on The Match: Appreciating and Addressing the Financial Burden on Students

By Justin D. Triemstra Match day. Those two words can bring back a fountain of emotions for physicians.  For some, excitement and thrill. For others, anxiety or sorrow. But for most, a significant financial burden during a time of limited income. A recent discussion with a fourth year medical student reminded me of this important, […]

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05/01/2018

My Classroom Is Empty: Is That a Problem?

By Kamran M. Mirza I am no stranger to disseminating information to a group of individuals junior to me.  As a resident and fellow, I have taught many medical students in a classroom setting.  As I think back to these sessions now, I find that they were all in a setting where the student’s presence […]

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04/10/2018

Closing the Door on the “Closing Doors” Metaphor: Reframing our Step 1 Advice

By Emily Green Anyone who advises medical students about USMLE Step 1 will be familiar with the metaphor of “closing doors”.  Upon receiving their Step 1 score, worried students wonder if the sound they are hearing is the slamming shut of gateways to particular specialties.  The problem with the pervasive “closing doors” metaphor is that […]

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04/03/2018

In My Panic Zone: Teaching Feedback Seeking

By J.M. Monica van de Ridder Teaching is something that I have been doing for over 20 years. So, in general, I don’t worry about it. I think I know what works and does not work. Things were very different for me this time. I was worried, and I felt very much out of my […]

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