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Young woman walking a winding path

I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do when I graduated from Binghamton University. But having majored in cellular and molecular biology, I knew I was interested in pursuing something within the biomedical field. I eagerly applied for positions in various institutions and organizations, ranging from healthcare policy and public health to biomedical research Read More

EDITORS’ NOTE: It’s Match Day, when graduating medical students across the nation learn where they will spend their residencies. In this post, we hear from fourth-year student Sammy Wu. Earlier this week, Sammy learned that he’s matched for physical medicine and rehabilitation. Today he learned where his residency will take place: Zucker SOM-Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital Read More

salmon, eggs, cheese and other low carb foods on a table with veggies

“Dr. Spiegel, why is your institute trashing the Atkins diet?” This was the question angrily posed to me by Congresswoman Anne Northup (R-KY) at the 2003 House Appropriations hearing for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, I testified annually (1999–2006) at this Read More

Coronavirus sign surrounded by pills and needles

While we were watching out for the flu, without warning, along came a severe respiratory infection caused by a novel coronavirus imported (without tariff) from China. This is the kind of news that sets the world on edge. But it also underlines how important the field of infectious diseases is in informing us about the Read More

Diversity of the patients we serve is no secret at Montefiore in the Bronx, where I practice. You see it in their faces, clothing, languages, and accents. The people present an extraordinary array of ancestries, making the borough a microcosm of the world. As a healthcare provider, you may wonder about your treatments; maybe one Read More

Female doctor talking to teen girl sitting on exam table

Every Monday during my first year of medical school I joined a team of psychiatrists for Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)—a course focused on developing patient-communication skills. While similar courses abound across the country, I found myself initially doubting the possibility that a class could make someone a better communicator. Wasn’t this an innate skill Read More