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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Tim Lahey Every March I run the last required course at our medical school. It’s a three-week-long, 47-hour sprint – a sort of boot camp for professional formation. We polish clinical skills, revisit foundational sciences, let students pick from a menu of interesting tutorials, and discuss professional formation. Students grapple with hypothetical gastrointestinal crises […]

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What Diversity and Inclusion Means to Me: A Science of Learning Perspective

By Adrian K. Reynolds Over the past few months, I’ve been on a quest to answer this one question: How does my mission to create opportunities for students to develop self-regulated, active learning1,2 skills support diversity and inclusion? In this quest to raise my level of critical consciousness3, or, in my African American Vernacular English, […]

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From Marjory Stoneman Douglas to Medical School: A Call to Action

by Zarna Patel I cannot find the right words to describe how it felt when I read news: “School shooting at High School in Southeastern Florida.”  Despite the 239 school shootings since Sandy Hook, nothing can prepare you for the numbness of having it happen in your hometown.  The way your heart leaps into your […]

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