Category Archives: Principles of Clincial Medicine (PCM)


Sometimes I wish that I could just miraculously transmit my thoughts to this blog, without the effort of having to actually sit down and write. But that would be too easy, and as I am learning through this process, “easy” will not teach me how to be a great physician. Medical school is still just […]

Macro to Micro and back again

Yes I am still alive, although the last several weeks have been intense for several reasons. First, I have caught a nasty cold, and after coughing for three weeks, I figured it was time to embrace allopathic medicine (that thing that I am studying – the type of medicine that fixes disease with drugs and/or […]

Heart of the Matter

The reality of medical school has hit, and I am trying to get use to all the feelings that coexist at the same time: 1. feeling overwhelmed, and behind with the work load, 2. excited about all the cool new things that I am learning, and 3. tired, tired, tired. Yes it’s true, medical school […]

Through my Hands

Two firsts this last week. The first time I cut open a human hand (albeit a dead one), and the first time I held a child sized stethoscope to the chest of an eight week old baby. Both were startling and humbling moments. The human hand took two days of dissection to unravel. In part […]

Care of the Patient

This upcoming week we will get to experience something that is quite rare in medical school curriculum – our first real patient contact in the third week of class. OHSU differs from other medical schools in that we start to see patients in clinical settings right away, rather than waiting until the third year of […]