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Patient-Physician Relationship As An Anesthesiologist

As a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, I'm accustomed to meeting patients for the first time less than an hour before large cardiac and thoracic surgeries. During these encounters, I have a finite amount of time to...

Incarcerated Patients

Over the course of my training, I've taken care of many incarcerated patients in the perioperative and intensive care settings. The overwhelming majority of them are humbled by their illness and incredibly grateful for...

How To Properly Utilize A Medical Interpreter

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...

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...

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,...

OSCE Exam

As part of our training, every health science student has to complete the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) to assess our clinical competency by performing physical exams, neurological exams, taking histories, and presenting cases. Earlier...

Memory Disorder Patient

Today's last lecture was a patient presentation by a neurologist from Methodist Hospital. The patient had a memory disorder which the class tried to discern based primarily on his medical history. We soon discovered...

First Standardized Patient

Tuesday afternoon, I had my first encounter with a standardized patient (SP) as part of the PPS I HX/PE exam. I was responsible for taking the patient's complete history and vital signs as well...

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