Intern Year

Ryan Yarnall, MD Ryan Yarnall, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

OU School of Community Medicine


Ryan is a second-year internal medicine resident at OU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had published a few articles for in-Training as a medical student and wishes to continue writing during the busy times of residency and beyond.




Uncle and Doctor: Terms of Endearment or Old-Fashioned Barriers?

On my first day of intern year, my attending corrected me in the hallway after I introduced myself to a patient by my first name. Following this, I sheepishly adopted a habit of saying “I’m Dr. Last Name” when sticking out my hand to greet a patient. In clinic, the nurses call me “Dr. Last Name,” even when saying a casual hello. When you refer to yourself as a doctor enough times, you start to believe it.

Lessons in Medicine, From the Car Dealership

I distinctly remember my drive to the hospital for the first shift of my residency five years ago. It was a night shift, a fact that only added to my trepidation. My brain bounced frantically back and forth among a random assortment of topics of which I lacked, I felt, sufficient knowledge, but which knowledge I felt sure I would imminently be called upon to use in a critical situation.

Blood is Thicker Than Water, But What if the Water is Duke Blue?

On Match Day, you are assigned to a new family for the next three to seven years. This will be the city where you might buy your first home, the city where you may meet the people who will speak at your wedding. An algorithm shuffles you into your assigned place in a new family tree.

Kevin Dueck, MD Kevin Dueck, MD (2 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences


Kevin Dueck is a Family Medicine resident at McMaster University’s Brampton site. His interests in the health humanities include medical narratives of illness and care, exploration of medical culture, and the history of medicine. Kevin is the author of the blog Aboot Medicine and co-founder of the undergraduate medical student wellness project Western Vitals (http://westernvitals.ca/).