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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of March 17

The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:

My parents don’t think I’m smart enough for family medicine: One medical student’s story: A guest post by Raymond Tsai, a fourth-year Stanford medical student, about his decision to pursue a career in family medicine despite his parents’ objections.

Image of the Week: Match Day 2013
: On March 15, Stanford medical students, and others at institutions around the country attended Match Day celebrations and learned where they’ll be heading to residency in July. In this photo, Stanford student Danica Lomeli hugs her father, Luis, while her mother, Diana, reacts to the news that Danica will be doing her residency in family medicine at UCLA.

Director of Stanford Headache Clinic answers your questions on migraines and headache disorders: This month, Robert Cowan, MD, director of the Stanford Headache Clinic, took questions via Twitter and Scope about headache disorders, recent improvements in managing them, and the use of a multifaceted approach to treating symptoms. Here, he responds to a selection of the questions submitted in this Q&A.

New search engine designed to help physicians and the public in diagnosing rare diseases: As patients with rare diseases know, using conventional Internet search engines to diagnose a condition that occurs in less than 1 in 2000 of the population can prove tricky. So a group of European researchers developed an alternative, called FindZebra, to help physicians and patients’ conduct more effective search queries.

Matching into family medicine: Soon-to-be graduates of the School of Medicine gathered at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on March 15 for the annual Match Day celebration. However, this year was somewhat different in that almost half matched in an area of general medicine — pediatrics, general surgery, ob/gyn. The number of students matching into family medicine nearly tripled.

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