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In a day, my classmates and I will graduate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine as physicians, charged with taking care of patients in residencies and building on the excellent clinical training we have received. It seems fitting at this pivotal moment to reflect on our intense, four-year experience. On the day of my Einstein Read More

Split image of doctor writing and scientist working with test tubes

It is often said during interviews of prospective M.D./Ph.D. candidates that a career as a physician-scientist allows one to translate the two languages of medicine and research. Now that I’m approaching graduation from the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, I’m able to reflect on the milestones I passed in Read More

Overweight woman adjusts medical scale

TV shows such as The Biggest Loser are hugely successful, attracting viewers who watch contestants compete to see who can lose the most weight. Over the long term, however, the show has had more ratings success than participants have had success at keeping the pounds off. A recent New York Times article profiled several contestants Read More

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For children undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination for the first time, it can be a daunting, anxiety producing experience. They are asked to stay still for up to 45 minutes in a noisy confining machine. The stress can be so strong that sedation is needed to help children cope, but that can expose Read More

pills and needle, opioid addiction

When I meet strangers and they ask what I do for a living, the conversation tends to go something like this: I tell them I’m a physician. They ask what type. I say that I am a general internist, but I focus mainly on addiction…addiction to prescription opioids (painkillers) and heroin. Invariably, people will say Read More

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The field of medicine is littered with eponyms that celebrate physicians who first described syndromes, signs, surgical procedures and anatomic structures. Though we use these eponyms every day, we rarely take the time to consider the lives of the people behind the names. Recently, while evaluating a five-year-old named Ben, I was forced to stop Read More