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February 2009

Medical Student Perspectives: Time Management during Medical School

In the past two years, I have taken two of the most important oaths of my career. First, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, and a few months later I took the Hippocratic Oath. Not only do I tackle the prescribed national medical curriculum, but I also undergo an additional 800 instructional hours specific to my military medical officer training.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Deborah Rhodes, MD

In the 80s, Deborah Rhodes was a bit of an anomaly—having a lifetime aversion to hairspray, she never sported Big Hair, and she had no desire to work on Wall Street. As college friends and acquaintances eagerly pursued banking and other popular career choices, Dr. Rhodes held back. “That was the beginning of the ‘It’s all about me’ generation,” she says, “but I wasn’t that interested in money or prestige. When I eventually decided to pursue medicine, I went into it for what I would later know as the feeling I get when I get a card from patients saying how their interaction with me made all the difference. That’s the best part of the job.”


Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

The University of Chicago matriculated its first class of medical students in 1927 and was renamed the Pritzker School of Medicine in 1968.


Winning Abstracts from the 2008 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Non-specific Interstitial Pneumonia, Suspect The Unexpected

Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias can be divided into several subcategories. Some of these subcategories carry a very grim prognosis: 10 year survival of less than 10% in the case of Usual Interstitial Pneumonia. Others which are steroid-responsive, such as Non-specific Interstitial Pneumonia (NSIP), have a 10 year survival of more than 60%. The formidable task of deciphering amongst these subtypes, therefore, becomes paramount.


Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Hospital Medicine/Hospitalists

The national association for hospitalists, Society of Hospital Medicine, defines hospitalists as “physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients.” 95% of hospitalists are trained in internal medicine and 5% in family medicine.


Advocacy Brief: Health Provisions in the Stimulus Package

The President signed the $787 billion economic recovery package on February 17, 2009. It included what many consider a “down payment” on health reform. A significant chunk of the package -- some $87 billion -- would go toward helping states fund their Medicaid programs. Another $10 billion goes to the National Institutes of Health and $700 million goes to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The package also includes funding to provide incentives to promote the use of electronic health record technology (EHRs).


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