Thursday, July 22, 2010
There is one thing that is certain when you choose to go into medicine. You will be studying. A lot. For MCAT's. For Medical School. For rotations. For USMLE. For Residency. For Inservice Exams. For Boards. For life. These are all reasons to find great places to study. Sure there is a Starbuck's on every corner and now with free wifi it always a great option. But for those of you with a bit more of an adventurous taste in coffee shops, who live in the NYC area, I have a few to recommend.
The Grey Dog's Coffee
90 University Place (just south of union square)
128 Charles Street
248 Mercer Street
(between 3rd and 4th Streets)
25 East 73rd Street
(73rd and Madison, Upper East Side)
Studying is a known constant in the ever-changing world of medicine. Find a great place to study and that is half the battle. See you there!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
With the new year on the horizon, I reflect on my intern year with a lot of hours under my belt. I certainly learned a lot, made new friends, and hopefully helped some people along the way. That is the point of this all right? I think it all boils down to one trait that can make you or break you as a resident. Attitude. It is reflected in how you speak with your patients, in how you speak with your colleagues, in the sacrifices you make, in the way that you approach each day and each new challenge that is revealed. Attitude dictates your work ethic and what you bring to your hospital. Is it with a willing smile? or with a grumble along the way? It is not an easy task to work a lot of hours in very intense environments without a few moments of discouragement and an imperfect attitude. However, if you make it a goal to dictate your attitude everyday you will be a positive force in whichever hospital corner you keep. Work on!