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Unofficial Prognosis

Unofficial Prognosis

Perceptions and prescriptions of a medical student


The patient was hacking sputum into a tissue when the resident and I entered his room. "How long have you had that cough?" "Oh this? As long as I can remember." "But it's been worse lately?" "Yeah." "Worse how?" "More stuff coming out each time.

March 22, 2015 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

Finding the Right Confidence Interval

"Stick to your guns." "Put your nickel down." "Stand your ground." If you're a medical student, there is an excellent chance you have heard one of these in the course of your training.

February 21, 2015 — Ilana Yurkiewicz
So, you want to write about medicine?

So, you want to write about medicine?

Last year, I was honored to receive an invitation to address the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association (AMA) on writing about medicine.

January 31, 2015 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

The path of least resistance

I was glad she never asked if I had done this before. My first nasogastric tube was placed on an elderly woman with chronic liver disease. As her illness worsened, it gradually turned her skin yellow, her abdomen swollen, and her mind foggy.

January 30, 2015 — Ilana Yurkiewicz
These agents prevent disease. Why aren't we using them?

These agents prevent disease. Why aren't we using them?

The life cycle of a medical advance usually goes something like this: from discovery at the research bench and replication of findings, to translational research and clinical trials, to implementation.

December 31, 2014 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

What’s so healthy about skepticism?

He was known to the hospital as someone who would try to manipulate his caregivers. And I fell for it anyway. Frequently admitted for pain crises associated with a chronic illness, he spent most of his hospital course avoiding eye contact with the team.

December 21, 2014 — Ilana Yurkiewicz
Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

“You wanna talk? Let’s talk.” The 42-year-old man sits up straighter in the hospital bed and grins a toothless grin.

November 29, 2014 — Ilana Yurkiewicz
It’s a simple question - isn’t it?

It’s a simple question - isn’t it?

"So, is this the sickest list you've ever had?" the resident asked me at 2 AM, after I finally finished checking off all my boxes for the night.

November 12, 2014 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

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