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June 2009

Medical Student Perspectives: Interpersonal Communication: Resolving Conflicts

Heraclitus wrote in On the Universe, “You could not step into the same river twice; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” Medical students are ever the product of our rapidly swirling experiences–no two events are alike.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Erica Scavella, MD, FACP

At the Lower School of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, IL, Erica Scavella liked science class the most.


Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Iowa

The mission of the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, named Club Med, is to increase the understanding and enthusiasm for internal medicine amongst medical students as well as to act as a service organization.


Winning Abstracts from the 2009 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Use Of The Monoclonal Antibody Rituximab For Refractory Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

A 53 year old female presented for elective aorto-bifemoral bypass secondary to atherosclerotic infrarenal aortic occlusion. Her past medical history was significant for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura at age 20, and hemolytic uremic syndrome with refractory thrombocytopenia requiring plasma exchange at age 49.


Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Rheumatology

From the Greek word rheuma, "that which flows as a river or stream." In ancient medical writings, "rheuma" was used to describe any thin discharge from a body surface or orifice. This term was eventually applied to an infection of the joints, presumably because an effusion of the joint space marks the various forms of arthritis.


Advocacy Brief: Duty Hours

A study in the NEJM estimated that it would cost $1.6 billion per year to implement the Institute of Medicine's duty hours recommendations in its December report. Further, the authors state that the patient safety implications are unknown.


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