Category Archives: School

Advice For Those Who Wish To Become Physicians


Advice for Those Who Wish To Become Physicians When I was in undergraduate school, I wanted to be an oceanographer. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to three top ranked programs. Unfortunately, they were all private schools, and even … Continue reading

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Grading On A Curve


Whoever came up with the idea of grading on a curve deserves to have their medical care provided to them by the one at the lowest end of that curve, along with having their home built by the architect and … Continue reading

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The Healing Touch


Truth be told, we doctors don’t cure very many people. While we often take credit for the healing powers given to our bodies by nature, many maladies will get better with tincture of time, while others will progress to worse … Continue reading

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Five Life Lessons


A number of years ago, a very good friend sent me the following five stories, illustrating important life lessons. It was, and remains today, one of the best and most cherished gifts I have received. You may already heard a … Continue reading

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The Role Of Luck In Our Lives


It’s interesting to see how people view the role of luck in their lives, and how these perceptions reflect on their own views of themselves. Recent research has shown that chance plays a far larger role in our lives than … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 6


My work week in Solo rapidly became an established routine of bedside rounds in the morning, followed by lunch, then didactic sessions in the afternoon, using the slide sets of medical topics I brought with me from the States. I … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 5


Shortly after arriving in Solo, I asked the team at the hospital regarding personal safety, and how safe should I feel walking around the local streets by myself, especially at night. Having an armed guard outside of the bungalow where … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 3


I was discovering I had a lot to learn in my role as teacher to my new medical colleagues in the regional hospital in Surakarta (Solo). The hospital system operated along rigid guidelines laid down by the local bureaucracy, and … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 2


My first night in Solo, I must confess, was not a restful one. Like a child, I ended up sleeping with the light turned on, as I kept hearing noises I wasn’t used to, and the idea of sharing my … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Indonesia Chapter 1


Garuda is the Indonesian national airline, and the change in amenities it provided on the flight from Bangkok to Jakarta was a stark reminder that I, like Dorothy, wasn’t in Kansas anymore. My memories of that trip are like a … Continue reading

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