In my opinion, this was the most interesting read for me this week. My father is a doctor, I have a couple of best friends who are doctors now, and I guess I’ve been to a doctor…or…whatever. My friend, Sanjay, grew up with me from pre-school. We endured our middle school years together and attended… Continue reading Do medical students really lose their empathy?
When I read the article on CNN about the 11 year old boy who committed suicide because of a prank played on him via texting, I was absolutely sick to my stomach. Therefore, I shall blog about it. That’s really part of the argument, right? That we have access to this incredible amount of data… Continue reading Was going to take the week off from blogging, but here we are…
This weekend afforded me the opportunity (and time) to think deeply about my teaching philosophy. “Do I even have one yet?” I’m actually not sure. I think I do. Maybe? I have little ideas about what I believe is effective and what is not. I have opinions about what is right and wrong. Honestly, the… Continue reading Teaching Philosophy
This week, I want to specifically address Katherine Phillips piece entitled “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter.” My typical approach to blogging is to try to relate the readings to my own experiences, and this one really hit close to home. Having grown up in a conservative, rural small town, I spent most of my adolescent… Continue reading Strength in Differences
When my grandfather was in the last few days of his life, I remember him being remarkably alert. He knew what was coming, and maybe it was for that reason that he worked beyond his exhaustion to talk to me. I distinctly remember one of the last sentences he spoke to me. He said, “Sarah, don’t… Continue reading Still Curious
Disclaimer: I am more focused, motivated, and resistant to distractions than I was when I was an undergraduate, hence my hesitance to completely trash lecture-based learning environments (had I been asked to write this blog at age 20, my opinions towards lectures may have been a bit harsher). Being inspired versus being taught. Is there… Continue reading Let the blog shaming begin
“The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.” Yes, John Steinbeck, I could not have said it better myself. In Donna Riley’s piece, the argument is raised that by placing more weight on outcomes that are easily assessable, we are devaluing or even ignoring the outcomes that… Continue reading Assessing how we assess.