The Pink Carpet

Christo and Jeanne-Claude  Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83 I first met David during my psychiatry sub-internship rotation in Miami Beach. David had been diagnosed many years with bipolar disorder with psychosis. He was an overweight, cheery, Cuban-American guy in his late 50’s who had been in Miami ever since he was a child. He had been hospitalized several times in the past for his condition, and on this…

The Ritual of Pre-Rounding

View of North Miami Beach from Mt. Sinai Hospital View of North Miami Beach from Mt. Sinai Hospital Every morning around the world, medical students and interns wake up early before the sun rises, and head over to the hospital to partake in a certain ritual of medical education: the ritual of pre-rounding. So what is it? It’s when we go see the patients before the attending physician comes…

The Dos and Don’ts of Clinical Rotations

dos-and-donts Sometimes it takes a few fumbles to get the hang of a rotation, and I’ve made a fair share of them. With every new rotation that we start, we’re always a little bit lost, as each attending and rotation may have different expectations of us, and require us to have different responsibilities. However, there are a few expectations that don’t change,…

Lightning Crashes

Mother and baby hands “The Doctor wants you in Room 9… right now!” We could hear the urgency in the nurse’s voice as my fellow student colleagues and I walked through the door onto the labor and delivery floor, back from our 1-hour lunch break. We hurried to Room 9 to see what was going on, and when I entered, I immediately knew that…

Dr. Wong

IMG_3820 So usually when I introduce myself to a patient, I greet them by saying “Good morning, my name is Benjamin Ho and I am a medical student working with Dr. —. How are you doing today?” Or some variation of this. One of my patients started calling me Mr. Ho, then later that day it became Mr Hong. The next…

A Walk Through New York

IMG_3846 After being here for the last 6 weeks, I can see why New York is considered one of the greatest cities in the world. Home to millions of people from all around the world, from all walks of life, and the center of multinational corporations, the UN, the stock exchange, some of the world’s top schools, and most influential news…

Relax

Beautiful stained-glass window by Louis Tiffany, 19th century Beautiful stained-glass window by Louis Tiffany, 19th century I feel great today. Today, tomorrow, and the day after are my days off, and after that, I will only have one more day of Family Medicine before I’m done with the rotation! Today, I turned in all my evals, along with the paperwork assignments that was required for this rotation. I can…

Freedom

View of NYC from the Family Medicine Unit at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital One thing great about New York City is that since there’s so many people here, you’re not likely to run into people you know most of the time. Because of this, it doesn’t matter how you look or dress, or what you do or say in public… nobody’s going to remember you. That is freedom. So don’t be afraid to…

Food Diversity in New York

People Lining up for the 53rd and 6th St. Halal Cart! "Chicken and Rice" People Lining up for the 53rd and 6th St. Halal Cart! “Chicken and Rice” As Irene and I, and our friends Eli and Weena were leaving the Museum of Modern Art, we ran into a blockade of people by 53rd street. No, they weren’t waiting in line to go into the museum. No, they weren’t holding a protest. No, they…

Family Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital

Entrance to the hospital Entrance to the hospital It’s amazing how time flies. I’m already a little more than half-way through this rotation! The family medicine rotation at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital is 6 weeks total and during this time, we are assigned to 3 weeks of inpatient shifts and 3 weeks of outpatient shifts. This past week, I just finished my outpatient portion, and have started my inpatient…

We All Cry The Same Way

20121019-113848.jpg I first met Gina during my family med rotation. After years of smoking and drug use, her voice was deep and raspy, despite being only 23. I could tell her skin was weathered, hiding under a thick layer of makeup and mascara. She had come in for a drug detox, and needed an initial physical exam. “Are you pregnant?” Dr.…

New York, New York

Bronx Lebanon Family Practice Center Bronx Lebanon Family Practice Center Hello all! I’ve just survived my first week in New York City! Although I’m rotating in the Bronx, I decided to stay in Manhattan due to some people’s suggestions. Because I want to enjoy the perks of being in Manhattan but also be close to the Bronx (and save money at the same time), I’ve…

Ninety Eight Percent

IMG (6) From day one when I first met my class, I’ve always been amazed at the caliber of students that come into and out of AUC, despite being a Caribbean medical school. I see the drive and the passion in my classmates, upperclassmen, and alumni. Many of us are motivated by our past mistakes, our desire to not give up on…

Pediatric Rotation in Miami

Health District in Miami Health District in Miami Yet again, I have finished another rotation… pediatrics is DONE! I just took my NBME shelf exam for pediatrics on Friday in Miami, and now as I write this, I am in the middle of New York City, about to start my next rotation in family medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital for the next 6 weeks. I…

Things I Miss About St. Maarten

Mullet Bay Beach, just down the road from school! It’s been about a year since I left St. Maarten. Since leaving, I have passed the USMLE Step 1, gotten married, finished a psych rotation in Blackburn, England, then finished a psych sub-internship, internal medicine rotation, and pediatric rotation in Miami. How time flies! Sure, there were a lot of things that I don’t miss about the island… like the expensive…

Closing the Gap

The-Hands-of-God-and-Man Ever since leaving the island, I’ve been joining the Facebook groups of different incoming classes at AUC to update myself as of what’s going on on campus, and to be of use here and there and participate in discussions. I’m probably the only clinical student that still participate in the groups, which were originally created for the student orientation advisors…

The Game

Go_board_part “We’re going to play a game” Dr. Vuong said to Erin and me.”I’d like you to go into the next room and ask the patient’s mother everything about the patient but the age. I’ll tell the mother not to reveal to you her baby’s age. Then, I’d like you to come back to me, then using the clues you’ve gathered,…

Tower of Babel

795px-Brueghel-tower-of-babel Being multilingual opens up tons of opportunities for doctors to communicate better with patients. By far, Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the United States (and the world) and it is growing. Some places in the US, Spanish first-language speakers are the majority. Here in Miami, Spanish is the language of the streets and the workplace, and…

Things I’ve Seen So Far in Clinicals

Outside Jackson Memorial Hospital Jackson Memorial Hospital Hey everyone! As you can see, I’ve been really busy with rotations and shelf exams that I haven’t been updating my blog as much these past few months. Just an update, I am doing well and am in the middle of my pediatric rotation right now in Miami. My attending right now Dr. Calle has been great.…

Books for Clinical Rotations

Books and apple In Basic Sciences, we learned about what the normal body is and how diseases can make it abnormal. However, in Clinical Sciences, the emphasis is more on diagnosis, treatment, and decision-making, particularly what the next best step in the management of an individual patient is.  Deciding what the “next best step” is for a patient is a challenge and may…
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