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May 2010

Medical Student Perspectives: Writing the Residency Application Personal Statement

The residency personal statement process may feel a bit like déjà vu from those days of finger-crossing about getting into medical school. While we all wrote personal statements compelling enough to get into medical school, these four years offer very few opportunities to produce reflective written work. As such, the personal statement may be a larger challenge than expected during the residency application process.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Timothy Vavra, DO, FACP

On most nights between April and August, you will find Timothy Vavra, DO, FACP, on the Western Springs baseball field, coaching a little league team. As a dad, he says being involved in sports is a must, and he's happy to oblige, as he doesn't like standing still for very long. It's one of the reasons why the energetic 42-year-old became an internist.


Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

The field of internal medicine, which demands a vast breadth of knowledge of adult medicine, no doubt breeds physicians who are excited by the notion of solving mysteries and puzzles. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes, was, after all, a physician himself.


Winning Abstracts from the 2009 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Which Physician Characteristics are Associated with Higher Quality of Care?

As evidenced by pay-for-performance incentives and physician report cards, there is a growing interest in identifying high quality physicians. However, looking only at individual quality leaves an important corollary unaddressed: What kinds of physicians provide the best care?


Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) is the dual training in and dual practice of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Physicians practicing Med-Peds see both adults and children in a wide variety of practice settings and practice styles. Practice settings range from outpatient primary care to inpatient hospitalist practice, and practice styles range from urgent acute illness care to the longitudinal chronic illness care of patients with congenital heart disease.