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INFOGRAPHIC: Film’s Most Frightening Medics

Halloween only comes once a year, but the scariest movies and tales of evil can stay with you long after the dusty decorations have been stowed. From the unthinkable evil acts of Dr. Hannibal Lector, the cannibal psychiatrist, to the misguided misdemeanors of Ernest Menville, the submissive plastic surgeon, the horror genre is littered with downright dangerous doctors. But, characters and crimes aside, why do we even watch horror movies in the first place? The side effects of such viewing in many people include a racing heart, perspiration, goosebumps and even nightmares, so why put ourselves through the mental anguish when we could be watching Scrubs? Dr Linnie Blake (not included in our list of evil doctors!), Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, answers this question. “Horror cinema offers its audience rather more than squealy thrills. In focusing on what frightens us and pushing our endurance to the limit – though in a highly controlled and essentially safe manner, it opens a creaking door on the workings of the human mind and the cultural norms of our societies. “Horror may make us feel – the racing heart, the laughter of relief, the howl of disgust. It also makes us think – about outsiders and deviants, the monster and those made monstrous by the societies in which they live. It enables...

8 Super Foods for Medical Students

Med school is hard, it’s complex, and there’s a lot of things to learn. A typical day would be to attend a lecture during the day and hitting the books in the evening. Reviewing the note sheets and reading ahead. An hour or so for meals, exercise, and TV. Weekends are a respite, there is no new stuff coming in. Both days can be spent in reviewing the week’s notes and material. A bonus would be quality time with friends and family. Everything steps up a notch on test days. You have to work harder and be ready to change things if they don’t work. As you progress you gain a better sense when to cut corners. Free more time for important things, rather than trade sleep for fun. The brain takes a lot of pounding and what you eat takes a toll on your brain. Learning more about brain foods matter, it will boost memory and focus. Your food choices can enhance the health, vitality, and functionality of your precious brain Brain super foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins, and minerals provide energy that protects the brain against diseases and keeps it in tip-top shape. GEP Limited, a medical electives overseas provider, rounded up 8 brain foods to feed your mind and body. Delight in this concoction we’ve prepared that is a mix of fruits, veggies, oils...

How Exactly Does Smoking Affect the Environtment?

We all know that smoking is harmful to the human body, but there is actually a second damaging side to smoking and cigarettes. Both cigarette smoke itself and the waste from cigarettes can have a major impact on the environment. In this infographic below, we’ll take a look at just how much damage smoking does on the environment and highlight some off the shocking statistics surrounding recklessly discarded cigarette butts too. Now only does smoking have an effect on your health; it also has an effect on your wallet. Smoking has been one of the biggest health concerns for decades now, but did you know smoking can cost a person between $6,500 and $13,500 a year? The average cost of a cigarette averages out to be around 31 cents, which comes out to $1,358 a year. The hidden costs come in the form of higher insurance premiums and loss of insurance credits. The total cost of smoking with these factors adds up to a much greater financial sacrifice. So, if you’re looking to quit, how do we kick the habit? This study shows the difference between reward and penalty based systems: In a study of 2,500 smokers affiliated with CVS, participants were enrolled in two different programs: a reward-based one and a penalty-based one. In the reward based-program, individuals were offered an $800 reward if they were able to...

In Light of Recent Events: How CPR Can Help With Saving Lives

As a writer for this blog, I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss a topic that is not covered enough at most schools, and in society in general. I’m sure as most of you know, since the beginning of the year 2000, the United States has had a stunning increase in annual terrorist attacks, i.e. mass casualty incidents, in the eyes of health care providers. There have been over 400 documented terrorism-related cases and charges since 9/11/2001. Terrorist attacks such as the Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, and Sandy Hook school shootings have left this country in a state of shock. Horrifyingly enough, the two deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history have occurred on 6/12/2016 and 10/1/2017, both in the past two years. The Pulse Night Club shooting led to the loss of at least 49 lives, with over 50 others injured. The Las Vegas shooting, which happened recently, left at least 58 people dead, and over 515 others injured. Take a moment and just re-read those last few sentences, let it sink in. Situations like these overwhelm the country, from both a medical and emotional standpoint, on a basis that is way to frequent for comfort. Many people will tell us that there’s really nothing we can do as “just pre-med students”, and they’re completely wrong. As a paramedic, there are 3 life-saving techniques that I think every...

There Are More Jobs At Hospitals Than Just Doctors

People are coming into the healthcare system by droves because of the Affordable Care Act and the aging population. Hence, the demand for advanced educated nurses to take the reins on caring for a big portion of them has grown immensely. That means that nurse practitioner (NP) and physician’s assistant (PA) are two professions playing a vital role in America’s changing healthcare panorama. These two positions make up a lot of jobs at hospitals. NPs and PAs include direct patient care at the advanced practice level, including working independently or collaboratively. With so many baby boomers aging, the need for more graduate level health care providers is increasing by the day. Plus, the need for these professions have escalated because of the Affordable Care Act with more than 40 million more people added to the primary care systems after finally getting health insurance in the last two years. “Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are more cost effective in a health care system, and there has been an amazing up swell interest in how to integrate them into hospital systems in more and more ways,” says Jonathan Bowser, director and associate dean of the Physician Assistant Program at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Read about what nurses can do that doctor’s can’t.  Here is a look at the growth outlook, salary range, strengths and advancements of a PA and...

What I Learned The Last Summer Of My Life…

Feels kind of odd to think about the last summer of your life. You never think the last will ever be your last. However, as a first year medical student, the 3 summer months before your second year are truly the last months of sweet freedom. After that, all you have to look forward to is Step 1 (yikes!) and two glorious years of core clerkships and electives before you start residency. So, I put a lot of thought into my summer plans, which ended up being more of a dilemma really. “Should I be the classic gunner and do research all three months or should I take a nice vacation?” In the end, I made the clichéd middle of the road choice of doing a little bit of research and taking a trip down memory lane to India. After wrapping up my research work, I took a flight out on August 1st and landed straight in Ahmedabad, the hopping city in the quaint, peninsular state of Gujarat. A lot had changed since the last time I was there, but the one thing that truly blew me away was health care. Yes, I know what you’re thinking – I probably went there to shadow. However, I didn’t need to. The sources that informed me about the state of medicine in India were composed of an eclectic cohort consisting of...

Which Country is the Best For Your Medical Career?

It is important to know where you would like to plant your roots in your career. There are so many options, but we don’t always know which one will be the best option. Even though I understand that most medical staff do not choose their career path purely based on financial gain, it is still an important factor to consider. You worked hard in medical school and you deserve to be compensated accordingly. Working abroad is more than just financial gain, as it offers so much more value. After working abroad, you will experience a lot of personal growth as well as new professional skills. This is a life changing experience and should definitely be considered. Remember, how difficult it was to get that cardiology fellowship personal statement done? Well, now you are at the point to find your dream job. Here are some of the highest paying countries for medical professionals. Netherlands The Netherlands are a beautiful country and has so much to offer. With great remuneration for doctors, this is definitely the number one choice. If you are able to secure a position in the Netherlands, you would be living a very comfortable life. The only challenge will be to actually find a job. With the small population, there might not be many opportunities available, but it is definitely worth a try. Australia This is a favourite...

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