The Parent Trap

Parents: one of the most oft-cited reasons by physicians in other specialties that they chose to keep their distance from pediatrics.  And one of the factors that convinced me that the field was right for me.  In the personal statement for my residency application, I waxed poetic about how much I enjoyed the task of …

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Language Lessons

I meant to learn Spanish a long time ago.  The years between college and medical school seemed like a clear opening, although I found plenty of ways to busy myself.  At one point I signed up for a Spanish Word of the Day email service, and dutifully copied and pasted each day’s nugget of knowledge …

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Stethoscopes and Poop

There are few places that can make an intern feel as inept as can the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).   The medical care required by premature and very ill infants is unlike anything in the rest of pediatrics.  But before new residents can even begin to build a knowledge base, they must chisel through layer …

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