As a second year medical student I am still unsure of the field of medicine that interests me the most. Shadowing physicians is a great way to get a taste for different specialties, and that is just what I’ve been doing. Emergency medicine initially appealed to me because it seemed to be a very fast-paced, hands on specialty that deals with acute crises. However, as I spent some time in the emergency department of a local hospital, I found it to be rather different from what I expected. Three patients in
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From learning about the "tough, spidery and tender mothers" of the meninges, to the "gate-keeping properties" of the pylorus (pyle = gate; ourus = guardian), I have had great fun exploring medical etymologies this past year. Medicine is a veritable treasure trove of word origins; it is a discipline chock full of fascinating etymologies and hidden stories. Behind every pathology, process or treatment, it seems, there lies a tale of epic proportions just waiting to be told. Here is but one:
To protect patient privacy, names were altered in the retelling of this story.
I entered the room behind Dr. McDonald and introduced myself to John and his wife. They were an older couple – likely in their 70s – who seemed pleasant.
It is with great pleasure, and a slight bit of trepidation (I’m not used to writing about myself!), that I start off this series of blog posts about wellness. In the coming weeks, you will hear from my colleagues on the OMSA Wellness Committee - a group of driven individuals who are passionate about the self-care and balance in medical students - about their views on wellness.
CaRMS is like a black box. It is a step in medical school that
you always know will come, you realize everyone makes it through,
but what exactly happens in between is a mix of rumours, some
facts and a healthy dose of faculty injected fear.
The best I felt I could do to face this was to make lists and be organized which kept me focussed and on track. It avoided going back to re-check my past steps to make sure things were complete.
Starting early and working on the application nearly daily were
This is the second post of a special three-part OMSA wellness series, featuring guest writer Dr. Sarah Luckett Gatopoulos, a PGY1 in Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. At the third annual OMSA Wellness Retreat this past March, she facilitated a fantastic workshop entitled ‘The Portable Workout’.
Dr. Shannon Arntfield is an obstetrician/gynecologist and assistant professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario. She is the founder and director of the Narrative Medicine Initiative at Western.
Obesity scares me. My experiences and education have taught me that it is a frightening reality. Thus, I am pleased to now be advocating to change this scenario with OMSA Political Advocacy Committee (OPAC).
A couple months into clerkship, I would like to share a few practical tips that I learnt from experience: