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02/13/2018

Power, Diversity and Medical Regulation: State Medical Boards Move Beyond the Old Boys’ Club

By David Johnson Recently, the Association of American Medical Colleges announced that for the first time ever women comprised the majority of matriculants into US medical school programs.  This triggered a few thoughts of my own. In 2017, I debuted my Twitter account focusing on the history of medical regulation.  In the fall of that […]

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02/05/2018

Overcoming Uncertainty through Experience

By Michelle Sergi Coming out of my first year of medical school I struggled with my sense of confidence.  After endless nights of studying, a multitude of experiences at our Clinical Training and Assessment Center, and specialized clinical experiences, I felt that I could take on the challenge of counseling patients.  On the other hand, […]

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01/16/2018

The Physician’s Role in the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs

By Angira Patel When I started my medical training, my pediatrics residency program banned all pharmaceutical sponsorship of activities.  No free lunch in the middle of the day, no fancy dinners at expensive restaurants, or trips to conferences paid for by a pharmaceutical company.  Even my lab coat was unadorned by the colorful pens given […]

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01/09/2018

“You Had To Be There …” Caring for a Patient to the End of Her Life

By David C. Leach It has been more than thirty years since she first came to see me – a vital woman in her early seventies who had detected a lump in her breast on a self-exam. A diagnostic work up confirmed cancer and the smallish lesion was removed. It never recurred. By the time […]

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01/02/2018

New Year’s Resolutions – Walking the Talk with Compassion

By Hedy S. Wald Take two Tootsie Rolls and call me in the morning. Self-prescribed for sweet tooth me. Not such a blasphemous “drug of choice” (I’m not even using caffeine!) but it’s New Year’s, that infamous time of resolutions. And I’d like to “kick the habit,” do all that stuff the nutritionist advised and […]

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12/20/2017

What do Advent and Christmas Have to do with Medical Education, Anyway?

By Virginia McCarthy As a Jesuit, Catholic medical school, we have had several preparations for Christmas that may not be as “front-and-center” in other institutions.  These traditions are deeply engrained in our culture and expected by our students.  With the flurry of academic activity in the final weeks of the semester, the true miracle of […]

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12/20/2017

What do Advent and Christmas Have to do with Medical Education, Anyway?

By Virginia McCarthy As a Jesuit, Catholic medical school, we have had several preparations for Christmas that may not be as “front-and-center” in other institutions.  These traditions are deeply engrained in our culture and expected by our students.  With the flurry of academic activity in the final weeks of the semester, the true miracle of […]

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12/14/2017

Be the Light – A Chanukah (and Medical Education) Reflection

By Hedy Wald It’s a festive time of year.  And medical educators so busy, busy trying to tie up loose ends on never-ending projects.  It is good to hear of plans for fun times with family and friends and looking forward to that sense of renewal in the new year… I sent a Happy Chanukah […]

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10/05/2017

Is ‘The Good Doctor’ Any Good at Representing Neurodiversity?

By Kayhan Parsi The Good Doctor recently debuted on ABC.  Billed as an unconventional medical drama, it features an autistic surgical resident, Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore.  As a parent of an autistic adolescent, I welcome more varied depictions of autistic individuals in popular culture.  Unfortunately, the trailer for the show concerned me, […]

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09/28/2017

DACA MD-PhD Student: “I humbly ask to be given the chance”

By Cesar Montelongo (These remarks were delivered at a rally of the Stritch School of Medicine student to support their DACA recipient colleagues on September 6, 2017.) My name is Cesar, I am a DACA recipient and a third year student in the Loyola MD-PhD program, training to be a physician and a scientist. In […]

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