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Unofficial Prognosis

Unofficial Prognosis

Perceptions and prescriptions of a medical student

Reflections of a Fourth Year Medical Student

"We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has." - Milan Kundera Two weeks ago, I [...]..

May 6, 2014 — Ilana Yurkiewicz
Taking sides

Taking sides

The page comes from the psychiatry intern on call. "There's a situation with patient RB on the unit. Please advise." We gather in the hall outside the patient's room.

March 11, 2014 — Ilana Yurkiewicz
Talking shop: when doctors forget to fill in the blanks

Talking shop: when doctors forget to fill in the blanks

“Ms. M,” the resident says, “I saw in your chart that the last time you had surgery you had a pulmonary embolism.” She nods with recognition: “I felt like I couldn’t breathe.

November 12, 2013 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

But I remember you

You may not remember me, but when I asked how you were you said “Alive.” A few weeks earlier you were afraid of going under anesthesia and not waking up.

July 31, 2013 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

Watchful waiting

“This is not normal for him.” A tearful mother pointed to her six-year-old son, lying in the hospital bed. Fevers had been intermittent. He was withdrawn, but not uncommunicative until a few minutes earlier...

July 3, 2013 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

From classrooms to hospitals: when medicine doesn t have all the answers

I’ll start with this: it’s great to be back. I’ve been on hiatus from blogging for the past few months because of the exam I took last week: the medical boards, or Step 1, an eight hour test that covers all of the first two years of medical school to prepare us for the hospital wards...

May 6, 2013 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

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