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Obese kids miss the most school – Kids & Parenting –

Above is a link to the story. Last week on rounds I saw a number of patients in the Pediatric clinic. The common topic of conversation between doctor and patient/parent? More exercise and a healthier diet. Childhood obesity is getting to be a very big problem. It is not only a problem during school but it will lead to many problems down the road.

Why is this such a problem in the United States? Is the land of the plenty too comfortable? What can be done to encourage healthier lifestyles? Parent education programs? Better P.E. classes? Destroying all televisions in the world?


Medical Humor – Out of Room

During a patient’s two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist,
he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his
medications. “Which one?” I asked. “The patch, the nurse told me to put on a
new one every six hours and now I’m running out of places to put it!” I had
him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn’t see. Yes, the man
had over fifty patches on his body! Now, the instructions include removal of
the old patch before applying a new one.

– Another true story brought to you by the medical community


Medical Humor – Cause of Death

One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct. Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a “massive internal fart.”

– Another true story brought to you by the medical community


On the Wards – Pediatrics

At Orientation I learned that I had been assigned to Pediatrics for my first two weeks before classes begin. Not quite sure what to expect, I followed the directions and found myself sitting in a conference room Monday morning with the rest of the Freshman who had been assigned to Pediatrics.

The group in the conference room also included third and fourth years who were on their Pediatrics rotations. After an orientation to how things were done in the Children’s Hospital, the Attending Physician took sent us off to find the teams we were assigned to. Some first years went to the cardiology consult team, others to the GI team, some to the NICU and others to the PICU.

I, along with one other first year, headed to the Pediatric Teaching Office (PTO). The PTO is located across the street from the Children’s Hospital.

I quickly found out that the PTO is a very relaxing place to rotate through. Over my one week there, most of my time was spent sitting in the office along with the residents.

When the residents did go in to visit patients I was able to go in with them and watch, hand out lolipops, smile, and ask the parents some questions regarding the development of their child. The residents/attendings were really nice about letting me listen to some sounds with my stethoscope. One of the interesting things I had a chance to listen to was a heart murmur that indicated that the patient had a ventricular septal defect.

In between patients, there was not much to do. I did not bring a textbook to study. I would have found it interesting to talk to the 3rd year medical students or even the residents and attendings. But I didn’t want to get in their way. Those not seeing patients were busy looking up things on the internet, reading an article, telling jokes, discussing wedding plans, and describing the latest exciting cases going on across the street in the main hospital.

As a first year it was at times very overwhelming because I had no idea what the acronyms and jargon meant. I couldn’t chime in on the discussions of exotic childhood diseases or advise on the appropriate vaccination for a 6 month old coming in for a “well child check-up.” I did, however, appreciate being able to watch a number of different doctor interacting with their patients. It is interesting to note the different styles — some bad, but mostly good. Those little things will definitely be something to pay attention to as I cultivate my own style in dealing and interacting with patients.

Part of me feels like I just want to get through these first two weeks of “Clinical Experience” and start lectures. At least I will have something to do. And I will know what to do — study. But I realize that once lectures start I will miss the PTO.



Well today is already June 30. Time is really flying fast. With July just around the corner, I have about one month until registration/orientation. I’m sure it will go by quickly.

At this point, I’m just trying to enjoy the summer as much as possible while trying to mentally prepare myself for what lies ahead. I don’t want to be caught off-guard when we have to hit the books.  So it may be good to easy myself into some useful brain activity.

I’ll figure out what I’m going to do. Maybe do some reading exercises (I bought a book about speed reading). I also should probably go through a set of CDs my dad gave me last year. Its about improving your memory. I figure, if anything, a good memory and quick reading should be helpful with studying physiology, anatomy, and the rest of the physical human condition.

post Doctors Change the Way They Think About Death – Newsweek Health

Just read an interesting article about the “the new science of resuscitation” on Not that long of a read and its pretty interesting what researchers are now finding out about death. Check it out.

Doctors Change the Way They Think About Death – Newsweek Health –


GUIDE: Personal Statement

The other day someone posted a comment asking if I had any “words of wisdom” regarding these things called “personal statements.” So I thought I would add a post about this topic. Now I don’t know whether or not I do have any words of wisdom, but I will offer suggestions.

The first suggestion is to be congruent. When applying for medical school, or anything for that matter, it is often easy to “stretch the truth” to make the applicant look good. But being congruent is important. Writing that your desire to become a doctor stems from your burning passion to help orphaned children with cleft lips in third world countries is fine — that is, if that is the reason behind your wanting to become a doctor. But if it isn’t DO NOT write that. The key is to be honest and sincere. Every individual has a unique background. Bring that out. Show that. If you truly have a desire to help cleft lip patients around the world, then, by all means, do write it! It will shine through in your interview that this desire is genuine and not some fluff meant to tug on the emotional strings of the readers. Honesty and sincerity is key.

The second suggestion I have is to find someone with excellent English skills to read over your statement. And it would be preferable that the person have some knowledge of the application process. I was lucky that my Kaplan instructor had a Master’s degree in English and had already gone through the process of applying (had an acceptance to UCSD School of Medicine). He graciously offered to read my paper over and make comments about it. And this bioengineering major was sure glad to have an English major help. Another resource to use would be Premed advisors. They, in theory, should be knowledgeable about the whole process and would be a great resource to use. Just make sure that they don’t have terrible English!

That, my readers, are my two cents regarding personal statements. If you have any more advice for budding personal statement authors, feel free to post and add.

And a good luck to those writing the statements!