Freeze-Frame

Featured on KevinMD   I settle into the bent-wicker chair on my newly painted and screened lanai and try to relax. It’s a perfect island day, the temperature warm, the breeze cool, and I gaze out over the pool to the tops of the coastal mangroves. I’ve just come home from a shift at the […]

MAC

MAC – Minimum Acceptable Competence Day 1 I take the disc, one of eight, and insert it into the DVD drive of my office computer. Lights flash, things whirr…and nothing appears on my screen. Each video runs about an hour and shows the student interacting with and examining a standardized (volunteer) patient. There is a […]

The Free Clinic

I love the free clinic. “So, what’s in the closet?” Innovative and basic ways to help people. I can’t believe what I see…people so grateful for a touch from a med student. One patient introduced me to a whole new art form, watercolor pencils. We can still practice real medicine

The White Coat

“Mucocoel. It’s a tonsillar mucocoel.” 5 full years away from the practice of medicine, yet I look in the patient’s throat and know exactly what it is that I see. My student was concerned about lymphoma; he had no idea mucocoels existed. A few Google images later, and he and his patient were relieved. I […]

Reflection

Monica is staring into my right eye. The opthalmoscope shakes; she sighs and begins again. “Find the red reflex,” I say, in the dual role of teacher and patient. “See it? That’s the lens. Now come in close—really close—and tell me what you see now.” This clinical skills session is all about seeing, as my […]

Mummies Meet 21st Century Technology

By the time of the Egyptian New Kingdom (1550-1069 BCE), tomb robbers had already been operating for many years. Priests moved royal mummies from their tombs and reburied them in caches, often without their funeral goods. How do we find the identities of these mummies, uncovered in the 1900’s and distributed to museums across the […]

In the End

“In the end, we are all stories.” The Eleventh Doctor Who The most difficult part of writing, at least for me, is getting started. I have blank page anxiety. I don’t “fool around” with words and sentences, not at first. I like to have all my ideas organized in my head before I sit down […]