Med Talks

Rembrandt’s Anatomical Hiccup

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by Amanda and Nicole Strickland, both MS1s

Gross anatomy is undoubtedly the most unique class in medical school. In no other way is a student able to become so intimately familiar with a person’s body, learning all of its variations, maladies, and quirks. On our first day of lecture and lab, the instructor showed our class the famous Rembrandt painting "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp" in an attempt to illustrate the history of anatomy. It seems like a tradition for medical schools to begin the first anatomy lesson with this piece of [...]

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Syllabus to Reality

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One thing that excited me about medical school was being able to turn textbook (or syllabus) material into real, practical applications. Hypothetical scenarios in class are one thing, but being able to use the knowledge I gained in my first-year medical education at the Monday Clinic, UT Southwestern’s student-supported free clinic, was a refreshing reminder of how important our studies truly are.

I, along with other pre-clinical and clinical medical students, had the privilege of interviewing a young patient who had signs of hormone imbalances—she sometimes felt too hot or too cold and had [...]

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Iodine pills, Japan and Science

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In the midst of the tragedy in Japan, experts are concerned with the possibility of multiple nuclear meltdowns which could exacerbate the situation tremendously. In particular theFukushima Daini plant has been a major concern due to the inability of its cooling system to keep fuel rods exposed. To prevent radiation sickness in the event of a meltdown, Japanese officials are preemptively distributing potassium-iodine pills to those in the immediate area. As a medical student interested in radiobiology, I was immediately curious why iodine was the pill of choice and not some other salt.

Turns [...]

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Graduations and Cycles

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I’ve seen 16 medical school graduations during my years at UT Southwestern. It struck me this year that what I get to observe as an Associate Dean for Student Affairs is much like the cycle of life. I’ve known many of these graduating students for more than four years. I’ve met them as young undergraduates aspiring to become physicians. I’ve seen them ecstatic with their acceptance into medical school. I’ve seen them consumed by the overwhelming volume of knowledge they must master. I’ve seen them evolve into physicians. 

The evolution never occurs as they [...]

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Keeping It Real

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I really enjoyed my first year at UTSW. Sometimes the work and schedule got intense, but there were always opportunities to hang out with friends and do things outside of medical school. For me, first year was really an exercise in learning how to approach medical school. Everyone is different, of course, but I thought I'd pass along a few of my personal lessons learned in case they may prove helpful to others. Let's just hope I can follow my own good advice next year! 

The most important thing I learned is that external [...]

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Welcome to Medical School

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Hi, everyone!  Welcome to the new UTSW website and, especially, to the MedTalks journal! I just finished my first year of medical school, and I must say, it flew by way too fast! Here at UT Southwestern, I have the unique privilege of learning hands-on clinical skills from some of the best physicians in the world and the most up-to-date medical science from some of the best researchers in the world! There were far too many highlights from my first year to list here, so suffice it to say, that’s what I’ll be [...]

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