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Celebrating Another Year of The Doctor’s Tablet!

View of road with 2018 painted on it It’s that time when we look back on the previous year’s The Doctor’s Tablet posts and highlight some of the ones that you liked best. The subjects covered provide a window into the unique personal and professional thoughts of some of our outstanding student and faculty contributors. We thank our writers for their hard work and you, our readers, for your continued support. Here are excerpts from—and links to those most popular posts.

Of course, there were many days when I just wanted to be a medical student without any preceding adjective or anything drawing extra attention. In response, I pushed myself, wanting to prove that I was there despite all the stereotypes. I never wanted anyone to have a negative impression of Muslims because of my “visible identity.”
Wearing a Hijab and Connecting to Patients by Yssra Soliman

Making it more difficult to modify prescription opioids sounds like a simple, elegant answer to the opioid epidemic. And, shouldn’t pharmaceutical companies develop these kinds of safe prescription opioids anyway? The problem is, abuse-deterrent prescription opioids will not change the risks inherent to opioids, and will likely mislead patients and providers into thinking that they present safe alternatives.
Why Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Are Not the Solution to the Opioid Epidemic by Tiffany Lu, M.D.

I had thought these moments weren’t destined to happen to me. Einstein and Montefiore were institutions where my family went for care, where babies were born, checkups were done, and loved ones spent their final days. Growing up in Morris Park, I walked by the Einstein campus regularly, marveling at the hustle and bustle of students in white coats, never believing I’d be one of them, because I didn’t know anyone like them.
Mirroring Med School Success in the Bronx by Ilirjan Gjonbalaj

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