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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Short White Coat: Signing out for the summer

Short White Coat is a blog written by first-year Harvard medical student Ishani Ganguli. During Ishani's absence this summer, third-year Harvard med student Jennifer Srygley will take on the blogging duties. Her posts will appear here, as part of White Coat Notes.

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First year ended on Friday with a final exam and a frenzy of packing and goodbyes. Though Iím still feeling my way through the medical system, this year has provided me a unique perspective on health and healthcare issues that affect us all and has led me to think deeply about disparities in the system, the patient-doctor relationship, and the science underlying both. Not to mention that I finally buckled down and figured out my own health insurance plan.

As my classmates dispersed to Boston labs to pipette their way to biomedical miracles, and to other continents to save the world one health survey at a time, I flew into Washington, DC, later that Friday with a slightly different plan: to write about such activities, making both medical research and global health news accessible to the public.

Iíll be spending my one summer break at Reuters, through the Kaiser Family Foundationís Media Internship in Health Reporting. Though Memorial Day has passed, my white coat may get some strange looks at the DC Bureauís health desk, so Iíll have to stash it for the summer. But I look forward to returning to Short White Coat in late August when I start my second year.

Posted by Ishani Ganguli at 11:35 AM
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