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October 8, 2020

#medRISE

By Justin Kreuter Justin Kreuter

Guest blog post by Anza Zahid, M.B.B.S. Mentoring is a valuable skill in academic medicine and is essential for guiding and shaping careers of the next generation of healthcare providers. Where traditional didactic medical education can’t always be customized, mentorship programs can help address each individual learner’s specific needs. The role of residents as medical […]

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December 23, 2019

Floundering in phlebotomy

By James Hwang James Hwang

“How long have you been doing this for?” I was so conflicted about having to answer this question. I was taking the phlebotomy course, a one-week experience that demands you perform blood draws from real patients after two hours of training on dummies. Making matters worse, it happened to be my very first patient who […]

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January 28, 2018

A Reflection on Advanced Doctoring

By Reese Imhof Reese Imhof

By Cynthia Chweya The onset of second year is abrupt and finds many first year students remaining undifferentiated multipotent stem cells at this stage of their medical journey. At the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, this undifferentiated status is met with graduation to advanced doctoring, our second year longitudinal clinical skills course in tow with clinical […]

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January 15, 2018

Hello From the Other Side

By Reese Imhof Reese Imhof

By Kevin Shim As I sit down to write my thesis I have spent some time thinking about the differences between graduate school and medical school thus far. I want to try to explain them to you using a half-baked analogy with the goal of highlighting (what I think are) some important differences between life […]

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Beginnings in Arizona

August 16, 2017

Beginnings in Arizona

By Reese Imhof Reese Imhof

By Erin Bolen No matter what level of education you are at, the first day of a new school always brings both nerves and ritual. Pick out an outfit in advance, make sure you know where you are going for that first day and get into bed early to make sure you get a good […]

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An Immersive Three Weeks

August 15, 2017

An Immersive Three Weeks

By Reese Imhof Reese Imhof

by Jennifer Dens Higano We recently finished our first full block of medical school! Arriving on the first day was nerve-wracking. Pushing open the door to the Siebens building and hoping I was in the right place, both literally and figuratively, the “what if’s” swirled in my mind: What if I fail? What if I’ve […]

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May 17, 2017

New Yorkers move to Rochester, Minnesota

By Reese Imhof Reese Imhof

This is our final blog post of the year. Please see the editor’s note at the end of the post! by Reese Imhof My wife and I made the move from New York to Rochester last spring. She was fortunate and landed a job in her field at Mayo Clinic right away, which gave us […]

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April 19, 2017

The Lucky Ones

By Tyler Brobst Tyler Brobst

by Mitch Obey This entry begins with graduation just a few weeks away, and I cannot help but find myself reflecting upon the journey.  The inaugural day of medical school orientation was nearly four years ago now, and it would be entirely cliché to say it feels like it was just yesterday.  But the truth […]

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March 15, 2017

Does empathy have a future in medicine?

By Tyler Brobst Tyler Brobst

by Andrew M. Harrison Does the patient with 11 out of 10 pain deserve empathy? The most contrite answer is probably “every patient deserves empathy”. However, the first time I was faced with a patient in 20 out of 10 pain, I found my empathy waning as I typed “no acute distress”. As an aside, […]

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February 2, 2017

Iron Chefs in Medical School

By Tyler Brobst Tyler Brobst

by Editt Nikoyan There are a lot of amazing opportunities that come with being a Mayo medical student. One of the aspects that has really made an impression on me is the school’s dedicated focus on student wellness, and I attribute a lot of that to the Student Life and Wellness Committee and their generous […]

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