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The 2 Minute Cure for All Your Exam Anxieties: Meditate with an Expert

It’s that time of year again for med students. That word, finals, is enough to give you a massive headache, but have no fear. Nina Smiley, PhD, has exactly what you need to calm your hypercaffeinated nerves. So drop your 17 highlighters, close those books, and take a few minutes to calm your...

3 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

Keeping costs down is always at the forefront of your mind when you’re shelling out tens of thousands of dollars a year for an education. There are tuition payments, registration fees, required materials and a host of other hidden expenses that are associated with going to school. Although you can’t skimp on tuition and things like rent and food are unfortunate necessities, there are ways to avoid paying top dollar when it comes to buying your textbooks. Most science tomes are, besides being incredibly heavy, gratuitously expensive. Luckily it’s fairly easy to avoid paying full-price for the latest edition of Campbell’s Biology if you consider using one of these other options first. 1. Utilizing the Internet Websites like http://www.bookfinder.com/textbooks/ allow you to search across multiple websites for the cheapest place to buy your desired textbook. All you have to do is input the ISBN number which you can easily find by searching Amazon.com and voila! Up will pop a list of places where you can buy the book with prices (usually) and shipping costs shown to help you choose the best deal. 2. Finding an Alternate Edition Many textbook companies come out with a newly updated (and usually pricier) edition each year which is ridiculous. How much could seriously change during that time to warrant the extra amount they slap onto the price of last year’s book? OK, I...

10 Non-Academic Books For Med Students (That You Won’t Have Time To Read)

If you have ever time to read for fun again, you might want to throw these on your night table! Feel free to add YOUR favorites in the comments or tweet them us @almostdocs 1. The House of God, Samuel Shem, M.D. Think your internship is bad? Think again.   2. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese Conjoined twins, separated, grow up surrounded by medical professionals, have many feels.    3. Still Alice, Lisa Genova Brilliant Harvard Professor gets early-onset Alzheimer’s. Plot twist: she’s telling the story in first person narration.   4. Harvest, Tess Gerritsen Bad doctors. Bad, bad, bad doctors. 5. Midwives, Chris Bohjalian So, is this midwife a murderer or…   6. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kasey Psychiatry rotation, eh?  Ya already know how this one ends.   7.  Turn Of Mind, Alice LaPlante I know there’s already one unreliable doc-with-Alzheimer’s narrator on this list but this one’s a murder mystery!   8. Healer, Carol Cassella Medicine and a gripping love story? Lemme at it.   9. Going Bovine, Libba Bray Okay, it’s YA Fiction but the girl has Mad Cow Disease!   10. The Emperor of Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee Okay, this one is serious and practically a textbook but if you’re a med student and you haven’t read it yet, it’s the definitive “biography” of cancer so,  you know: make...

7 Subtly Romantic (and Medical) Ways to Say “I Love You”

There’s a lot of cheesy chemistry and biology pick up lines and ways to say I love you. A couple of my favorites are “I wish I were DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes” and “You’re the sodium to my chloride.” But what about more complex areas of science? In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s some ways to say you care on a physiological level.   1. You make me have premature ventricular contractions. In premature ventricular contraction, the ventricles contract before they maximally fill with blood making circulation inefficient. So basically, it’s a way of saying “You make my heart skip a beat.”   2. I get tachycardia when I’m around you. Tachycardia is a fast heart rate, above 100 bpm. Therefore, you’re saying, “You make my heart race.” This comes from the brain signaling to the adrenal gland to secrete hormones such as adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine that cause the heart to beat faster and stronger.   3. You raise my oxytocin levels.   Oxytocin is a hormone that is associated with love. Its levels have been shown to increase when we hug or kiss someone, even when we are simply around someone whom we love. It may have a role in orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors, giving it the name the “bonding hormone.”   4. You increase blood flow to...

A Doctor’s Guide to 13 Awesome Gifts For Him On Valentine’s Day

As medical students, we live and breathe science and medicine. So when it comes to gift giving, what better way to show that special medical savvy person in your life how much you care than by appealing to their nerdy passion? To help you be anatomically correct and raise oxytocin levels to the max, here’s some gift ideas to get you started.   1. Anatomical heart screen-printed tie, Etsy, $30 2. Nerd XY cologne, Eau de Nerd, $31.41 3. Medical Caduceus Cufflinks, Etsy, $40 4. Anatomical Heart Coffee Mug, Etsy, $25 5. Oxytocin Coffee Mug, Etsy, $25 6. Plush Heart, I Heart Guts, $20   7. Plush Heart Cell, Giant Microbes, $12.95 8. Unisex Valentine’s Day Oxytocin T-Shirt, Etsy, $9.99 9. Cardiology III Stethoscope in Red, 3M Littmann, $153.61 Even if they already have a stethoscope, they can carry this red one around the hospital and think of you each time they use it. 10. Blood of Grapes wine, your local liquor store   11. Educated Guess wine, your local liquor store   12. Anatomical Heart Wine Glass, Etsy, $12 You can drink your Blood of Grapes or Educated Guess wine in this anatomical heart wine glass!   13. Erlenmeyer flask, Amazon, $8.13 If you insist on giving flowers, add some nerd to it by using an Erlenmeyer flask as a vase. As you can see in the photo of roses I...

A Doctor’s Guide to 8 Awesome Gifts For Her On Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that means a celebration of the random firing of nerve impulses of your abdominal region (those butterflies in your stomach), the irregular beating of your major cardiovascular organ (your heart skipping a beat), and the complete loss of any ability to think rationally (aka falling head over heels for that cute girl you see in the library every Saturday). It also means you better be on your gift-giving game or risk finding yourself with a very disappointed girlfriend! For all of you dudes out there who have significant others in medical school, it’s not always an easy task to find the perfect token of your love for your studying sweetheart. Never fear, luckily the internet exists and I have personally searched it and composed the following list of presents that run the gamut from goofy to sentimental and will be sure to get you some special Valentine’s lovin’ from the future MD in your life. 1. Trust her, she’s a doctor. If you want something a little more special than the typical grungy sweatshirt with the name of her medical school emblazoned across the front in fuzzy letters, Zazzle.com has pages of funny t-shirts advertising your girlfriend’s future profession so you’ll be sure to find something to suit her fancy.   2. Don’t give her mono, but give her a mono doll! “A kiss...

Top 24 Study Jams for Your Next Exam

In college, the only thing I needed to pump me for a long day of work is a Café Americano and an isolated cubicle in a freakishly quiet library. Recently, I admit I can’t focus without a good beat.  If it’s late and you’re tired or, let’s be real, just frustrated and want to scream and throw things, look no further than my totally random playlist of instant mood lifters: 1)    Harder Better Faster Strong – Daft Punk   2)    Stronger – Kanye West   3)    Too Legit to Quit – Hammer, Sia    4)    Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay Z   5)    Let’s Get it – P. Diddy   6)    Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta   7)    Ambition (feat Meek Mill) – Wale   8)    Better – K’NAAN   9)    Don’t you worry child – Swedish House Mafia   10)  Keep your head up – Andy Gammer   11)  Make me proud –  Drake, Nicki Minaj   12)  Skyscraper – Demi Lovato   13) Who Says – Selena Gomez   14) Float On – Modest Mouse   15)  Happy (from Despicable Me 2) – Pharrell Williams   16) Girl on Fire – Inferno Version – Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj   17) Focused feat. Kid Cudi – Wale   18) Firework – Katy Perry   19) One Top of the World – Imagine Dragons   20) The...