Beyond the Oath: A Word With First Year →
aspiringdoctors: medicalstate: For the students out there who will soon begin their first year in medical school, let me say congratulations and welcome. There is a long road ahead of you. After reflecting on the experiences I have had and the observations I have made, I have here a list of 16 words of advice to set the course. Here is a quick guide to first year: Take some time in those...
Experience with drugs on a friday night
365rulesforpremeds: medschoolapphell: Other people: Me: I didn’t choose the pre-med life, the pre-med life chose me.
When someone tells me they're majoring in...
Reading secondary essays that I wrote 5 months ago
medschoolapphell: I’m all like:
That point during app season where having multiple...
medschoolapphell: You start turning down schools like:
The aging process.
fuckyeahmedicalstuff: Some age-related physical changes are obvious: an extra laugh line or two, graying hair, and additional weight around the midsection, for instance. But many changes, such as the gradual loss of bone tissue and the reduced resiliency of blood vessels, go unnoticed, even for decades. Even though you’re not aware of them, they’re happening, nevertheless. Knowing how and why...
"The Placebo Phenomenon" →
aspiringdoctors: Harvard Magazine article Two weeks into Ted Kaptchuk’s first randomized clinical drug trial, nearly a third of his 270 subjects complained of awful side effects. All the patients had joined the study hoping to alleviate severe arm pain: carpal tunnel, tendinitis, chronic pain in the elbow, shoulder, wrist. In one part of the study, half the subjects received pain-reducing...
Aspiring Doctors: Two Cents Friday: Dating and Med... →
aspiringdoctors: This is an interview I did with my lovely friend and classmate R about her relationship with her boyfriend and our fellow classmate, C. How did you meet? C and I met in the summer of ’07 at a scholastic summer program. It was this little microcosm of nerds sent away for five weeks. When C…
TSK: Fever, cough, history of multiple medical...
Cranquis: ...so with all your symptoms and medical issues, I'd like to do the following tests today -- influenza swab, chest xray, blood test to check your white blood cell count and your sugar level, and a urine test for infection and dehydration.
70-something male who came in expecting to just get antibiotics: Well hell, why don't you test me for Dutch Elm Disease too?
Cranquis *keeping a straight face*: Hmm, good point -- your bark does seem a bit flaky.
Aspiring Doctors: I can feel my lungs. →
aspiringdoctors: Today in gross lab we cut through the ribs and sternum to access the thoracic cavity and to get the lungs; the next couple of labs we will be dealing with the heart and associated structures. That seems so textbook when I write it. Contained in that sentence are many strange feelings, the…
MY LIFE AS A MED STUDENT: med school & mental... →
cranquis: mylifeasamedstudent: …I believe that we need to promote wellbeing in the medical culture. I believe that, as medical students, as healthcare students in general, we need a place where it’s okay to talk about patient experiences and the emotions they inspired. We need to make it okay to cry after a long day of observing life and death within hospitals. Self-care needs to be something...
Connectivity of prefrontal cortex predicts... →
neuroticthought: by Deric Bownds From Cole et al.: Control of thought and behavior is fundamental to human intelligence. Evidence suggests a frontoparietal brain network implements such cognitive control across diverse contexts. We identify a mechanism—global connectivity—by which components of this network might coordinate control of other networks. A lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC)...
This one's a fighter.
So I need to retake the MCAT. I will press on and I will do much better in August.
Medical Student's Mind: Should Medical Students... →
navamon: I often see doctors, nurses, and other health professionals wearing scrubs on the public transportation. Actually, I have a housemate who is in his scrubs all the time! Then I also see other medical students wearing scrubs going to the hospital and back home. My first thought: I really don’t want…
Rudimentary Liver Grown In Vitro →
medicalstate: Following this post about stem cell regenerative therapy, this article comes from across the ocean in Japan. Researchers have managed to create a liver bud from pluripotent stem cells reprogrammed from skin cells. The key factors to the creation of the liver bud were the special medium used to induce differentiation into hepatocytes and the specifically timed addition of...
Tips for Surviving Medical School
ziyadmd: Remember when you were a premedical student in college? It seems like a century ago for many of us who have just completed the first year of medical school. It feels that way because our lives have changed dramatically. Normal life seems to have vanished, and suddenly, 24 hours in a day are not enough to get through the enormous volumes of information that we are expected to learn for...
The Not Quite Doctor: TheNotQuiteDoctor’s Pre-Med... →
thenotquitedoctor: After several semesters of being a pre-med and president of the pre-med society I have lots of experience with students new to the curriculum. These are some common, and often misguided mistakes students make. Knowing me, there will be several more parts to this list of advice. 1. Stop…
Medical School Applications
It amazes me that I’m already applying to medical school as it feels like I just started college. I’ve had some amazing experiences in the past 3 years at Binghamton University, and I didn’t realize how much I had really grown and transformed in these past 3 years until I began the introspective process of applying to medical school. I now understand why my pre-health advisor...
medicalschool: Eye Implants Help The Blind To See Again Two British men who were completely blind for years have regained some of their vision, after undergoing surgery to fit eye implants, according to the BBC. This pioneering treatment is at an early stage of development, but it marks an important step forward in an effort to help those who have lost their sight from a condition known...