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Thoughts about transitioning from the basic to clinical sciences in my second year of medical school

Second Year of Medical School in Retrospect

This is my last post as a second year medical student (MS2). :shock: The first six months were spent completing the basic sciences, but over the last six months, I've finished rotations in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry while also doing…
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Finished With Psychiatry

The consult/liason psychiatry service at Ben Taub was pretty busy through June, but I worked well with my three incredibly awesome teammates to get the job done. :-) The oral exam last Thursday was a friendly reminder of how short a 30…
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How To Properly Use A Medical Translator

I took four years of Spanish in high school and consider myself to be more-than-conversational in the language, but when it comes to especially emotional topics like discussing abuse or suicidal ideations, I prefer to use a translator to…
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Last Day of Psych at the VA

At 4:45pm on Friday afternoon, I left the VA after four works of working in the outpatient psych clinic. I was privileged to have an extremely insightful and approachable attending who motivated me to grasp the basics of psychiatric…
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Insomnia and Sleep Hygiene

Sleep changes go hand in hand with common psychiatric conditions like depression and mania, but before jumping to drugs to help you catch some Z's, psychiatrists try to understand an individual's "sleep hygiene" - the personal habits and…
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Depressive Disorders

Depression is the most common psych condition I've come across during my time at the Veterans Affairs hospital. It permeates all age groups and has etiologies ranging from the loss of a family member to uncertainty about the future; in…
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Lessons from a Psych Patient

Today I had the esteemed privilege of interviewing a veteran in the psych clinic. I also had the rare experience of witnessing this prototypic American warrior -- an individual trained to show no fear, experience no pain, and survive at all…
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Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is routinely used to treat refractory depression and catatonia, especially in the elderly where pharmacotherapy could result in undesirable side effects. Essentially, it involves jolting the brain to create a…
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