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My Doctor Diagnosed Me With Thin White Female Syndrome

Samantha Kass, M.D. - 11/29/2020 - 23

A medical student who developed anxiety related to major transitions in her life was diagnosed with Thin White Female Syndrome and given Ativan

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A Mother’s Howl: A Medical Student’s Lesson On Giving Bad News

Elizabeth Glowacki - 11/1/2020 - 0

The heartbreaking sound of a mother’s howl helped a medical student appreciate the huge responsibility of giving bad news about a loved one.

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Screening Colonoscopy: Shopping Around Saved Me $6,820

Stephen Wachter - 10/24/2020 - 2

After learning a screening colonoscopy would cost him $8500, the (uninsured) author of this story shopped around and ended up saving $6820!

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Seizing Permission to Live Life on Your Own Terms

Loren A. Olson, MD - 10/21/2020 - 0

Many people seek the approval of others at the expense of their own self-esteem. Here’s how to seize permission to live life on your terms.

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Emotional Abuse Made Me Feel Like I Was Crazy

Allie Johnson - 10/11/2020 - 1

My boyfriend told me I was crazy and I believed him. I later learned that emotional abuse is part of the cycle of abuse.

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How to Stay Excited and In Love with a Career in Medicine

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/28/2020 - 7

If you combine an insatiable desire to expand skills with a fearlessness to walk away, you can have a long, exciting career in medicine.

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Dealing with a Rare Eye Disease in the Midst of COVID19

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/26/2020 - 6

After being diagnosed with a rare eye disease, a doctor learns the best treatment is immunosuppression-a risky choice in the midst of COVID19

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