Time for my patients

I began my internal medicine rotation just a couple days before shift change for the interns and residents. Our team had a very sick young man who had been in the hospital for 30+ days with acute exacerbation of leukemia. He was mentally aware of everything that was going on and was bravely trying to…

A New Kind of Hard – 3rd Year

I’m finishing my last week of psychiatry rotation. Like whaa?! I know. I’m a 3rd year. It’s surreal. The challenges of 2nd year and Step 1 is all behind me now, and there’s no turning back. If I could sum up my 3rd year experiences so far in one word, I would say it is…

Wrestling With a Patient

image credit from jesuslivesinmyheart.tumblr.com “Lord, I pray that you would help me see my patients the way you see them.” This is a prayer that I prayed from time to time during my junior year. Just recently, I have been reminded of this prayer by a friend and it turned out to be tremendously helpful…

Lessons of the Clinical Year (MS-3)

Some time in freshman year, we were told that our patients are our teachers. It made a lot of sense, especially in the context of anatomy class where we studied the human body through working with cadavers. Somewhere along sophomore year, buried under review books and lecture material, I slowly forgot that valuable perspective. Now,…

Coma: A Pause Between Life and Death

There was a flurry of activity surrounding his body – buzzing sounds, blinking lights, hands flying in and out of view. There was shouting. There was a panic. Then there was a silence. The noises and commotion had not stopped, but the patient’s heart did. An eerie, ringing silence muffled the background noise––death was knocking….