Laura Vater, MD
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Humanism in Medicine
Education and Training
Motherhood and Medicine
Marriage and Medicine
May 24, 2020
The SMILE Scale: A tool to support your health
Jan 3, 2020
(trying to) Stay healthy in the hospital
Working in the hospital doesn’t exactly promote the health of clinicians. Here some strategies that have helped me stay healthy.
Dec 9, 2019
Placed into a "maternal category"
Discriminating against those who bring life into this world degrades the medical profession and lessens the perceived value of human life.
Nov 11, 2019
My hospital orientation
My mom was life-lined to a critical care unit. I was a first-year med student, and I remember only pieces of that first day...
Oct 7, 2019
Exhaustion is not a competition
“I’m so tired,” my husband says. Meanwhile, I’m post-call and have been awake for 30 hours straight. I’ve admitted five patients, pronounced
Sep 9, 2019
I was raised by a doctor mom
My mom went to medical school at age 37, and I was nine. She showed me that having a career and a family was both feasible and meaningful.
Aug 12, 2019
Breastfeeding on the interview trail
I asked every residency program (in advance) for access to a lactation room. For some programs, it was the first time they had been asked...
Jul 8, 2019
You are capable of building research skills
I recognize now that research competence is really all about skill building. If you increase your competence, you will increase your...
May 13, 2019
53+7: How to focus when you study
Focusing is hard. Here are some tips that have helped me study during medical school and for board exams like the USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3.