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Unofficial Prognosis

Unofficial Prognosis

Perceptions and prescriptions of a medical student

Words, influence, and identity

I am in a room with 1,500 other people. Some are physicians; some are interested in business; there are lawyers, researchers, journalists, songwriters, dancers; some are patients with stories to tell...

April 11, 2012 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

"Bad doctors" and bad habits

"So. Why did you choose medicine?"During the first few weeks of medical school, this question came up a lot in the context of getting to know our fellow classmates.

April 2, 2012 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

The hardest medical school interview question

Last year, while I was interviewing to get into medical school, one of my interviewers asked me: “What was the most difficult situation you ever faced, and how did you deal with it?”I started talking...

February 27, 2012 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

How (not) to think like a doctor

On our first day of physiology, our professor showed us a picture of an elephant. He let us look at it for several seconds and then asked: what is this?

February 16, 2012 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

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