Freshly sharpened pencils, notebooks full of paper, and fully stocked backpacks mark the beginning of another school year. Unfortunately, many school children begin the year without the necessary supplies. The Miss Black and Gold Community Service Court seeks to change that. For the past two years, they have hosted a back-to-school bash at the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club to get kids excited about returning to school. Continue reading Community Gets Served – Jensine Norman, MSIII
In an ad-hoc poll among classmates, I recently inquired about the most important date (in 2013) to a 2nd year medical student. The overwhelming majority cited their respective USMLE Step 1 exam dates as most important, followed closely by the season finales of ABC’s Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. While the top three responses all are worth their respective weights, the one date that should bear the most gravity in the minds of medical students across cohorts is October 1st. Continue reading What Should Medical Students Expect from Healthcare Reform – Italo M. Brown MSIII
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To the uninitiated, these are merely three liberal arts courses and a medical chore. But we are the initiated, aren’t we, Meharrians? The most valuable tool in the clinician’s arsenal is the history. The story rather—the narrative, if you will. This year, we at The Pulse have renewed our commitment to this part of medical practice. Continue reading The New Narrative
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Photo credit:Joshua Anthony, PULSE Photographer – Julian Hinson, PULSE Copy Editor Continue reading M.D. Candidate White Coat Ceremony
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau occupied two different spaces, walked in two different worlds, breathed in two different centuries, and followed two different paths. But one thing they both sought, and one thing I live deliberately for is balance, which I believe to be an essential fact of life.
“Ki sa li genyen?”
That was my first question to a slender young man who appeared to be in his early 30s. He sat next to what looked to be his mother who was lying on the floor writhing in pain.
Dear Class of 2017,
I recall vividly the intensity of the days leading up to my white coat ceremony in the Summer of 2002. I was just completing the post baccalaureate program at Meharry Medical College and was excited and nervous about the future. For many of us, the joy in these moments may be overshadowed by the anxiety of our first medical school biochemistry class. Perhaps the cries of congratulatory well-wishes and “good-lucks” that your family and friends bestow upon you are muffled by the recurring thoughts of financial dilemma. Adding to some of the confusion is that now we are hearing more and more about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for the future of healthcare and physicians. Continue reading Letter From the Future
Rows of nervous, fidgeting young students, bright-eyed and beaming with smiles, stood with their white coats draped over their arms lined up and ready to take a momentous step toward the execution of their dreams. This August 16th marked the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 for students at Meharry Medical College. Cameras flashed as each student was called to the front of the Kresge Auditorium, where they slipped into their seal-embroidered, name-emblazoned white coats. I can only speak from my own experience, but family members at the School of Dentistry ceremony seemed more restless and eager than their own children.
Adorned with that white symbol of the journey toward a dentistry degree, students were saluted by President Dr. A. Cherrie Epps and Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon, the interim dean of the School of Dentistry. Family members cheered, offered advice, and shared encouragement in spades. The speakers urged inductees to remember that with the white coat comes great responsibility and privilege. A recitation of the Student’s Oath was lead powerfully by the 2014 Class President, Christina Quarterman. The ceremony culminated in a picture of the freshly robed class smiling bright enough
to reflect the future.
Carmen Blunt, DSI