On ComServe, and the Desroches Case

My friends and I have this joke among ourselves. We say that medical school is like slavery. But then we say, it’s actually WORSE than slavery, because we PAY to work ridiculous hours in ridiculous conditions. As you can see it’s kind of more of a tragedy, but we’ve chosen to make it a joke.Continue reading “On ComServe, and the Desroches Case”

Doctors and Piercings: Two Years Later

Just over two years ago, I had my nose pierced. It was the end of my third year of medical school, and I preceded my action by seeking advice from many people – I spoke to my family, mentors and other students, and I posted this and this. I never did post that I gotContinue reading “Doctors and Piercings: Two Years Later”

Not in my Scope of Practice

This past week I was privileged to spend a day at an incredibly rural hospital in the Old Transkei, South Africa, where I hope to complete a rural Family Medicine rotation early next year. I have heard a lot about this groundbreaking hospital and even wanted to do an elective there, but they are soContinue reading “Not in my Scope of Practice”

A Botched Circumcision

Disclaimer: This post has no disturbing images, but may be uncomfortable to the sensitive reader. It was my first day of Urology and I was sitting in on a colleague’s examination of a young man in obvious pain. I had missed the history-taking, and wondered why he was walking so tenderly and carefully to theContinue reading “A Botched Circumcision”

Being Culturally Sensitive in One’s Pursuits

I’ve written before about abortion rights and about the dangers of preventing women from exercising reproductive choice: It’s simple – they resort to illegal means. Despite my belief in offering a choice, articles about Women on Waves‘s latest attempt to enter Morocco, disgusted me. And let me be clear: I’m disgusted by their attempt, notContinue reading “Being Culturally Sensitive in One’s Pursuits”

Doctors and Piercings: The Debate

I like piercings and tattoos. To a limit, of course. I could not imagine tattooing my arms from shoulder to sleeve. But that is just me. I am not about to make any judgments about you if you do. If someone used unsterile needles or lead paint, or took poor care of the raw piercingContinue reading “Doctors and Piercings: The Debate”