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Let's Talk About the Weather: How to Fight Seasonal Depression in Medical School
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Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder, is a process during which your mood changes in response to changing seasons, shorter days, colder weather, or all of the above. As medical students, seasonal depression is just one of many mental health disorders that you might encounter, which can significantly impair performance in and outside of medical school. It may be worse for medical students when rotations keep you in the hospital early morning and late in the evening so that you never even see daylight at all. The following are a few tips to assist in overcoming some of your symptoms to get you through the winter hump:

How to Request a Grade Change in Medical School
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Clerkships are a difficult time, to say the least. One of the most frustrating aspects is that medical students are graded on a daily basis in a highly subjective fashion on their overall performance, and students will get grades that may not be commensurate with what they deserve (or think they deserve). Because of how important clerkship grades are to residency applications and beyond, it is important to realize there are opportunities for students to appeal their grades through formal or informal avenues. However, appealing a clerkship grade or grade from an attending can be challenging, and most schools rarely change grades at the behest of a student’s request without overwhelming evidence. Almost like a court case, the student asking for a grade change needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the grade they received was unjust and that they deserved a better one. If you feel like that is you, then the following advice will help you throughout the appeal process:

(MedEd)itorial: The Dark Side of Physician Health Programs
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I have a lot of great memories in my life – graduating medical school, marrying the girl of my dreams, going on my first trip to Hawaii. Sitting in a cold, windowless room waiting to meet with a representative from my state’s physician health program (PHP) for the first time is not one of them. Nothing about the experience is. Looking back, all I remember was thinking what did I do to end up here? Since starting my internship, I had worked hard for my residency program. I covered extra shifts when colleagues were out sick, spent countless hours outside of work teaching medical students, and provided each of my patients with the type of dedicated care that had won me several awards thus far. Now, my entire medical career was in jeopardy because of an overblown reaction to a bad joke.

Blog Post as Bully Pulpit: We Need to Talk About Bullying in Medicine
Posted by Anonymous

When I think of bullying, I typically imagine schoolyard behavior amongst elementary and middle school aged kids. At the forefront of my mind are the stereotypical incidents you see on television and in the movies:  taking someone’s lunch money, not letting the new guy play basketball, or making jokes at someone else’s expense. Unfortunately, bullying extends a lot farther beyond that and frequently comes up in the medical field. Many medical students and resident physicians are showing up to work eager to learn and help their patients – yet also fearful about interacting with certain colleagues. Maybe it’s a senior resident humiliating you with difficult “pimp” questions in the operating room or an attending physician berating you for an assessment and plan – but if we’re being honest, I think a lot of us can admit to having been in these shoes.

(MedEd)itorial: The Medical Errors of Our Ways
Posted by Anonymous

We’re all human, and humans make mistakes, right? Well, that may be true; but in medicine, it’s hard to get anyone to talk about them.  

The Great Pretender: Tips from a Standardized Patient
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We asked a Standardized Patient who has more than 12 years of experience under his belt to share some pointers on how to make the most of your SP encounters. Because he works in many different SP programs, we’ve kept his identity under wraps.

I Almost Died By Suicide: A Doctor's Story
Posted by Anonymous

On August 17, 2016, a medical student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine died by suicide when she jumped from her dorm room while her roommates slept. Approximately 400 physicians are lost to suicide each year in the United States.

I could have been one of them.  

Most of the articles on this blog address study tactics, scheduling, high yield topics on the USMLE, or other academic aspects of the medical education we all go through. Today, I wanted to address another side that has been tragically overlooked: the all too common despair, depression, and suicide that exists at all levels of medicine – from medical students to interns and residents all the way to seasoned attending physicians.

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