this is match day 2004Organized by Karen Cole M'04, Introduction by Jonathan Zelken M'07
There was something vaguely uncomfortable about standing amongst fourth year medical students on the eighth floor of Sackler that day. It was the feeling of unworthiness almost; that I was experiencing peoples’ lives resolving before my eyes, people I never met hitherto March 18, 2004. And the emotions were contagious. Alicia Turenne M’04 told me in PBL that people know what field they are going into beforehand. They’ve established their interests over four-plus years of self-discovery, and in most cases, applied to residency programs that are within their reach. Perhaps, then, Match Day is overrated. Why the hype, then?
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POINT: Try and seek benefit in AdderallBy Jonathan Zelken M'07
Ask yourself: how fine is the line between pathologic attention deficit disorder and normal? Can doctors really draw that line in the sand? How accurate are diagnostic instruments and can behavior be quantified? Do patients have the power to construct fake answers? Can doctors tell? And does a “biologic need”, as we define it, qualify dependence on stimulants? Just wondering.
CounterPOINT: If you have to take drugs to study, you shouldn’t be in Medical SchoolBy Tony Lassaletta M'07
They say that plumbers have the worst pipes. Perhaps they’re just too busy fixing everybody else’s. I suppose it’s similar to walking out of the hospital and seeing that group of doctors and nurses puffing away under the “No Smoking Within 20 Feet of This Building” sign. It has become apparent to all of us, not only through stereotypes, but also from observation, that doctors don’t always make the best heath decisions for themselves. Perhaps it’s related to the phenomenon that police cars never use their blinkers, or stop for pedestrians.
why otolaryngology?By Rahul Shah MD
If I was to create the ideal medical specialty it would be as such: a diverse patient population, varying degrees of pathology, anatomical and intellectually challenging, the ability to medically and surgically ameliorate diseases, well respected and having the potential for growth. Fortunately for me, I did not have to create this field as it already exists. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is the best specialty in medicine.
Lines, Lines, LinesBy Sunna Kwan M'07
Housing is pretty important. Where you live can help determine what specialty you’ll pick, what bars you’ll visit, how good you’ll smell (depending on how close the laundromat is), and whether you’ll get to school on days when you’ve slept in, and could potentially determine who you marry or whether you’ll marry at all. Trust me, it could happen.