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Student Organization Fair 2012

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By Johnny Ahn, MS2 (Class of 2015)

While manning the table for MedTalks, I felt the mixture of excitement and anxiety from the incoming class – exactly how I felt during the fair last summer.

I could see how the class above felt when we walked into orientation last year. In comparing the disparity between how I had wished my first year had gone and how it actually went, I thought about what it actually took for me to keep myself in good working condition throughout the year. If I had to choose one thing I did [...]

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From Sweeney, with Love

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By David Tassin, MS2 (Class of 2015)

It was 4 a.m., and this snoring seven-year-old in a top bunk needed an insulin shot. I had already spent hours testing campers, doling out juice and milk to droopy-eyed boys who fell asleep even as I held their shoulders to sit them up in bed.

And still I had dozens of campers left to check. Giving a shot so early on the 4 a.m. rounds did not bode well for the rest of the night.

After preparing his shot, I retrieved his sweaty arm from under his body, [...]

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ACLS: A Medical Harmony

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My team in the simulation room.

by Meghana Kashyap, MS2 (Class of 2015)

When my Colleges mentor offered his tickets to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), I could not pass up the chance to listen to live classical music for the first time since I started medical school. I was so excited to lock my left-brain in a dark corner of my apartment, and take my right brain out for a fun night in Dallas. Unfortunately, or fortunately, little Lefty broke loose and found me.

You see, the week before the concert MS2s had a recorded [...]

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To France and Back - A Certain Je ne Sais Quoi

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By Hannah Lust, MS2 (Class of 2015)

I did a lot of research the summer after finishing my first year of med school.

It wasn’t in a lab, though. I didn’t see any patients, or do any chart reviews. This was a different kind of research—it involved pastries and maps of Paris. Yes, in France.

This seems out of place, and it may take some explaining. As I peered out from the midst of a whirlwind second semester of medical school, the summer that stretched between first and second year seemed like a blank canvas. It [...]

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History in Medicine: Hard to Stomach - The History of Gastrointestinal Physiology

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An engraving from Beaumont’s 1833 book “Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion,” depicting St. Martin’s wound in his left upper abdomen.

Recently in Medical Physiology we learned about the gastrointestinal (GI) system, a seemingly simple yet complex organ system.

The GI system is essentially a continuous tube, with food entering in and eventually exiting out after traveling along a continuous tract. But it is what occurs along that tract—the interplay of chemicals, hormones, churning, grinding, and pumping—that makes the GI system a powerful digester and absorber of nutrients. Even [...]

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Lessons from Shadowing at UT Southwestern - You'll Always Remember Your First

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by Sunny Varshney, MS2

I’ve had the opportunity to shadow a wide variety of specialists during my time at UTSW. In this series I’ll highlight some experiences that stand out and lessons I learned from them.

#1 You’ll Always Remember Your First…

Time: 6:30 a.m., June 2007

Place: Operating Room, Parkland Simmons Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

I remember this day vividly—the first time I ever…scrubbed in.

I was a research fellow in the world-renowned UTSW Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. My mentor’s assistant had emailed me his schedule and told me to be where he was whenever I [...]

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History in Medicine: (In)famous Clara Cells

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by Amanda Strickland, MS1

Cell Biology class is like an extension of Anatomy because of all those names we must learn – except most of these structures are only visible through a microscope. In the Respiratory System lab, we recently learned about a set of cells in the respiratory bronchioles that make an oily fluid called surfactant. Thanks to surfactant, Clara cells help ease respiration by making lung structures more slippery and less sticky, preventing the small air-filled sacs called alveoli from collapsing.

I smiled when I first heard of these cells, thinking about the [...]

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Angle of Louis - More Than Meets the Eye

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by Nicole and Amanda Strickland, MS1

The Angle of Louis (Sternal Angle)

As we first-year medical students first learned in anatomy lab and then experienced in our Colleges sessions, clinicians use many anatomical landmarks to guide their physical exam of a patient. One such landmark is the sternal angle, a junction between the manubrium and body of the sternum (or “breastbone”).

The sternal angle is easily felt as a small protuberance on the upper part of the chest, and it marks the location of the second rib. From this location, a doctor can count ribs, know [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Not Just a Test Question

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by Meghana Kashyap, MS1

As first year medical students, we learn the biochemistry of diabetes. For our exam, we learned that the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin in response to elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Responding to the insulin, cells uptake the glucose and begin anabolic processes—such as building fat stores—in order to better utilize the glucose under conditions of starvation or depleted energy.

There are two classifications of diabetes—Type I is an autoimmune disorder that causes defective pancreas insulin production. Type II is a deficient response to insulin signaling due to many [...]

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Viva Tel Aviv!

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By Micah Eades, MS2

The Sackler Health Sciences Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.

When I started considering how I was going to spend the summer after first year, the “last summer of my life”, my college mentor told me, “go to the place where you would most like to go, and have a blast.”

Well, that narrowed it down quite a bit because there has been one place that I’ve really wanted to visit – Israel! I quickly got to work finding cheap airfares on the internet and contacting my friend at Sackler Faculty of Medicine in [...]

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