In the spring, Humans of Greenville (@humansofgvl on Instagram) did a series of posts about Class of 2017 student Anna Quantrille, M.D. Dr. Quantrille is currently in residency in med-peds at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Follow along for the next few posts to read more about her residency match experience. Continue Reading →
Recently our M1 class held a Gift of Life Ceremony to honor the people who donated their bodies to our school in order for us to learn the intricacies of human anatomy. Many of my classmates spent time organizing the beautiful ceremony along with our professor Dr. Shana Williams, and we were all able to reflect on our experiences in the anatomy lab. I wrote this poem for our donor ceremony to express my debt of gratitude to my own donor. (Featured Image by M1 Raychel Simpson)
“Compassion is not a virtue; it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have—it’s something we choose to practice.” – Brené Brown
Compassionate care. It is something we are reminded to do constantly, but I also think it is something that is easy to take for granted. How many times while listening to a lecture about compassionate care and treating the individual have you had the thought, “Of course I will be kind and considerate to my patients; I will listen to them and remember never to judge. This is all common sense.” Now think back to your most difficult patient. Maybe they had a thousand problems, or they were rude and demanding, or maybe everyone assumed the patient was just dramatic. How easy did true kindness come then?
The cost required to become a doctor is not getting any cheaper. Far from it, actually. Medical school (and the rest of advanced education, for that matter) is getting more expensive each year, with tuition costs rising at unbelievable rates. In the video below, I explore this issue further and what one man close to USCSOMG is doing about it. Continue Reading →
Have you ever thought about what type of learner you are? Visual? Auditory? Kinesthetic? A combination of two or all three? Maybe you have different learning styles for different tasks and information. It’s amazing to sit down and think about the variety of different ways that each of our brains work to process and store information. I began considering this concept at the beginning of my internal medicine rotation. On internal medicine, you get to know many of your patients relatively well. Many of my patients were hospitalized for at least three days. Others were there for much longer. A few were there for the whole three weeks that I was part of the medical teaching service team. One morning, a patient and I got into a conversation and she asked me this seemingly simple question: “How much new information do you learn each day?”