Not my fault, but my responsibility

At my institution, we have off-service interns from other departments, who rotate through our labor and delivery unit to learn about labor management. During the day, the OB intern is in charge of labor (including primary c-sections during the second part of the year), triage, and postpartum. The upper-level OB resident (PGY-3 or PGY-4) is in charge of the antepartum service, consults, repeat

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I matched! Um… Now what?

Match day is very exciting! Congratulations to everyone who matched. After matching, though, what comes next? What do you need to do? For those who matched in the civilian (NRMP) match, here are the items that should be on your radar in the near future:   Update your contact information Your new program will have LOTS of paperwork for you.

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Education vs Service

I was recently part of a very interesting conversation about the balance between education and service in a residency program. The question was whether clinic hours are considered education or service. Is clinic always educational, because there is potentially something to learn from each patient? Is it always service, because there is only so much to learn from doing yet

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Military vs Civilian Residency for HPSP Students

A reader recently asked me a question about choosing residencies. Specifically, he wanted to know about the reasons why I chose to request civilian deferral for residency. I have also received several questions about the actual process of applying for a civilian deferral and going through the military and civilian match, and I wrote a post on that subject here. For the purposes

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It’s the little things

It’s been a long time since I posted and I don’t have a huge amount of time to write, but I wanted to share this little moment. When you’re working all the time, dealing with unpleasant patients, and “exhausted” becomes your default setting, it’s amazing how little things can make all the difference. For example, today I had to go down

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So I guess I’m a doctor now…

Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to write an update for a while now, and I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, so here goes! It’s 1 July 2015, the date that all of my med school professors loved to threaten us with. I lost count of how many times someone said “You know, when 1 July 2015 rolls around, you’re

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A Match Day Bloodbath

  The 2015 main residency match was an adventure. At my school at least, it was different from previous years. It was more competitive. People were matching farther down their rank lists, and a frightening number didn’t match at all. Why is this? I think it all comes down to numbers, and the “residency crunch” that my class has been

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