Month: May 2012

Preclinical Medical Student

I’m currently a second year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. My current practice areas of interest are Emergency and Internal Medicine. I am completing by pre-clinical curriculum in East Lansing, MI and will be doing my clerkship rotations at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, MI.

In addition to completing my basic science coursework, I have been a two year member of MSU’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) and served on the e-board during my second year of school, which I have thoroughly enjoyed because of the hands-on nature of our activities, which include a suturing clinic, an intubation lab, an E-FAST portable ultrasound clinic with our preclinical colleagues in Grand Rapids at the Meijer Heart Center, as well as arranging for medical students to shadow and practice advanced emergency medical procedures on animal models with the local EM residents. Our EMIG chapter also is responsible for sponsoring a very popular Emergency Medicine elective shadowing course which I have completed.

In addition to my EMIG involvement, I also serve on the AMA-MSS Region 5 Board.  In this capacity I had the opportunity to help plan 2012’s most attended AMA-MSS regional meeting in the country at the University of Toledo (OH) which attracted over 125 attendees representing every state in Region 5 (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky).

Kinetic Sculpture: Medicine as a Balancing Act

“At first glance, this kinetic sculpture may appear to be an ordinary flock of birds. However upon closer inspection, one can see that there are two types of flying creatures present in this arrangement–those made from traditional origami paper, symbolizing social-cultural competencies, and those folded from Netter anatomy plates,  representing medical-scientific know-how.

As physicians, it will be imperative to our patients that we are able to balance these proficiencies in order to provide them with the best care possible.”

This project was created in the fall of 2010 as part of MSU CHM’s Introduction to the Patient-Physician Relationship (IPPR) course. Each medical student was required to submit a creative mid-term reflective project to put on display for their peers and faculty to enjoy during a reception at MSU CHM’s headquarters at the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids, MI.

Excerpts from Medical School Reflective Essays:
“The first year of medical school had many more lessons in store for me than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to all that we, as aspiring physicians, must learn about the inner-workings of the human body, we must also continue to further refine our values systems as be begin the transition towards becoming fully fledged doctors.”

“Even as a medical student years away from being the sole person responsible for the care of my own patients, it is not difficult to imagine that despite our best intentions, in the course of juggling the multiple daily responsibilities assigned to doctors, sometimes mistakes will be made. From the surgeon whose tired hands inadvertently perforate a neighboring structure, to the pathologist whose fatigued mind fails to diagnose cancer of a tumor biopsy, it is important to remember that just like the patients they serve, physicians are human too. Humans capable of error, misconception and oversight.  And when these blunders occur, the effects can be monumentally catastrophic for not only the patient in question but also for their family, friends and other loved ones. As physicians, we represent not only ourselves but also our institutions, our profession and the entire health care system. Thus, when mistakes are made it is important to be forthcoming in apologizing for the outcome and ensure that needs of the patient and family are met while also taking measures to prevent the same errors from occurring in the future.”

“The LPCE experience has definitely changed the way that I will approach physician-patient relationships in the future. It is clear to me that in addition to treating the patient as more than their medical condition, it is also important for the physician to have an understanding of the familial and societal contexts the individual is functioning within … As a future physician, I will be sure to be sensitive to those in need who are unable to pay for services and do my best to understand the bigger picture of how the patient’s condition is affecting their own quality of life as well as those around them.”
My Pre-Clinical Mentor Group:


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