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A Cold Start

IUSM library winter

IUSM library winter

Hello, World!

Welcome to my corner of the blog-o-sphere, where I hope to keep posts short, too-the-point, and short.

My name is George Feeney Kane. I’m a fifth generation Irish Catholic that grew up in Washington, DC before moving to the great Midwest. And yes, I know what you’re thinking…and it’s OK to be jealous that I share a name with Cory Matthews’ legendary teacher and role model of all things virtue. It’s very natural, really.

I spent the first two years of medical school at the Evansville campus, and hope to tell you some about the excellence that resides here in the 812. (Sneak peek: our cadaver lab assistant has been mixing men’s cologne into the formaldehyde for years…the whole lab smells of “Mountain Spice”). I also have opted to spend all but one of my third year clerkships in the mighty Vanderburgh county, and in this blog I’ll tell you why I have not regretted that decision one iota.

I think I can offer a unique perspective on medical education and student life for a few reasons:

  1. I’m married and I’ve got tiny human on the way – Life in med school is wonderfully different when you’re married, and I assume kiddos will take things into yet another dimension. Many of you are thinking about what life in med school (or residency) would be like if you tied the knot.
  2. I actually, really, truly love medical school. Every bit of it. You won’t find any whining in this blog, just reasons to get stoked about becoming a physician.
  3. I read a lot and listen to even more podcasts. A good blogger should be a fresh source of information and weave thoughts together in novel ways. Imma try to do that.
  4. I’m a dedicated Christian and a hardcore skeptic. These qualities should always go together, but alas, there are too many excellent skeptics out there that aren’t Christian and even more Christians that aren’t even good half-skeptics. When a proposed idea don’t make no sense, we as physicians-to-be had better be ready to interrogate the living scum out of it.

Thanks for reading!

I’ll leave you with a random fact: There is zilch evidence that Vitamin C supplementation does anything at all to prevent common colds/boost the immune system. This myth was propagated by Linus Pauling, a Nobel Laureate you science geeks may remember. More on this in a later post.

The views expressed in this content represent the perspective and opinions of the author and may or may not represent the position of Indiana University School of Medicine.

George Kane

Medical Student

George Kane is a third year medical student at Indiana University. Before he lost his soul to STEP 1, he graduated with honors from IU with a BA in Medical Humanities. George survived his first two years of medical training at the Evansville regional cam...