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Coconut custard pie: Snippets from the frontline

A yearly challenge for some medical students is paying for tuition, books, and housing. This worsened midway through my second year with dwindling funds and loans exhausted. Dropping out was a possibility. By chance, a friend brought over a slice of pie and gave me the recipe. I changed several ingredients, and as it turned out, this “doctored” coconut custard …

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The suicidal elder senior: Snippets from the frontline

It is devastating and sad: -intentional drug overdose; -using firearms; -stopping prescribed medication; -hanging; -jumping off a bridge, or in front of a train or traffic. We don’t always know why, and those they leave behind are filled with guilt. All age groups are effected, but statistically the highest successful suicide rates are for those 50 or older. There are …

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Scrutinizing a new hospital doctor: Snippets from the frontline

Hospitals are a buffer between life and death. In the past, you chose your doctor based on trust and confidence in their medical decision-making. Nowadays, you might be admitted by a physician you have never met known as a hospitalist. Most are recently trained, technologically suave, and replete with medical algorithms “templating” you through a diagnosis. They work a week …