Why Your Medical Bill is So Expensive

Everyone knows our medical system is expensive. There’s been books written on the topic. As a medical student, I’ve often felt idiotic when someone asked me about their healthcare bill in the hospital, and I’ve responded that I don’t know anything about it and I have to resort to talking to them about their treatment. …

Taming the Tiger

Imagine that you’ve just bought a baby tiger. It’s pretty tame, and it laps up anything you feed it—cocaine, alcohol, pills, meth, and any other drugs. It’s a weird tiger in that aspect. It only likes highly addictive drugs. It’s pretty cute—it makes you take a hit when you’re going out to parties, it makes …

Attending: the Surgery

I put my arms under the warm water, looking around for my resident. Over the fingers, through the webbed part, and onto the back, I thought, as I repeated the scrubbing technique I learned yesterday. I realized that my arms were shaking, and I took baby steps to make sure that I wasn’t breaking sterility …

The Grind Doesn’t Define You

Giving and Growing in a World of Negativity It’s ironic that the medical field is arguably the most humane profession, yet we put our residents and physicians-in-training through such pain and suffering. A recent article by Dr. Pamela Wible noted that residents’ hours are “capped” at 28-hour shifts and 80-hour work weeks, which are equivalent to two …