Category Archives: Medical School

Clerkship Pearls – How to Get a Consultation

This is another post in the Clerkship Pearls series for medical students going through clerkship, and today I’ll be discussing How to Effectively Get a Consultation for Your Patient One of the scariest things to do as a clerk is to ask another consult service to help you with the

Would You Still Be a Doctor if You Didn’t Get Paid as Much

Would you still pursue medicine if the pay was much less? What if it paid nothing at all? If money wasn’t an issue, would you still be doing what you are doing today? This is a question I came across today and had me thinking. Right now as a medical

The Medical Hamsterwheel

Choosing a career of medicine is very much like running in a hamster wheel, except it’s not that easy to get off. The process of training to become a doctor is quite long. Usually 4 years in an undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical school, 2 to 5 years of

Clerkship Pearls – How to Present a Patient Case Effectively

Presenting a case is an essential skill every medical student will have to master. In fact, it is one of the few things you can easily do to impress your preceptors and staff doctors. It’s a visible and tangible thing that can set you apart from your peers and can

The Physical Exam

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Verghese ever since I heard about the Stanford 25 a few years ago. The Stanford 25 is a list of 25 physical examinations that all clinicians should be able to perform. As of right now, I think I can do probably 23/25 with the

Clerkship Pearls – Writing a Note Pt 2

In my previous post, I went over the essentials you should include in every note you write as a clinical clerk. Items such as date, time, identification, signatures and writing with dark colors, technique and legibly should always be enforced. For Part 2, I’ll go over quickly how to write

Building Character

A well written article on New York Times titled “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” (long read) talks about success being more dependent on character than intelligence. The educators in the article settled on 24 character strenghts they deemed important in living a fulfilling, succesful and meaningful life.

Clerkship Pearls – Writing a Note Pt 1

Writing a Note As a clinical clerk, you will be writing notes everyday. It could be an admission note, a progress note, a consultation even a discharge summary. Either way, learning how to write a useful note is something that should be done properly. Writing a note isn’t hard, writing

Clerkship Pearls – Introduction

Starting this week, I’m going to start a short series of posts of clerkship tips and advice. It won’t be anything too ground breaking but instead be a collection of advice I have gotten in this past year that has really helped me in all my rotations. With a brand

Not Dead But Sleep Deprived

Sorry guys, rotations + sleep + finding time for a life outside of medicine comes first. No scheduled posts for a few weeks, not until all these electives are done and I’m back on an easier service. Really wanted to write a new series of post of clinical clerk tips!