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Should Doctors Get MBAs?

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, discusses the benefits of an MBA for physicians. He explains each of the vital 4 C’s offered by MBA programs: 1) Connections 2) Credentials 3) Credibility 4)...

8 Ways Working in Medicine Has Made Me An Annoying Girlfriend

Relationships are hard work enough; but throw in the complexities of pursuing a demanding medical career and it can feel impossible at times. Luckily, I have a pretty solid relationship. . .despite the fact that sometimes, my job makes me pretty obnoxious. 1. Anatomical terms roll off my tongue when I attempt dirty talk. “Your mandible is looking really chiseled today, baby.”   2. There’s a medical explanation for everything. Everything. I get up off the bed and stumble after a romp. Boyfriend has a smug grin. “Don’t get too excited that’s just my orthostatic hypotension.”   3. My vacation ideas aren’t usually very good. “Let’s go to Philadelphia.” “Okay, what do you want to do in Philly?” “Mütter Museum.” “I like museums. What kind of museum is it?” “Uh. . .a medical one.” “. . .” “. . .”   4. I don’t give good directions. “No, no, laterally.”   5. I’m too literal to appreciate Valentine’s Day. “This doesn’t look like a heart at all. At best it’s an antiquated and crude rendering of a woman’s buttocks.” “It’s the best heart I could draw!” “Do I need to dig out Gray’s Anatomy again?”   6. I ruin movies and tv shows. “What on earth does he think he’s going to do with that banana bag? Really? Where he’s poking around right there? Acting. Not gonna find a...

5 Keys to Maintaining a Healthy Relationship in Med School

Maintaining a healthy relationship with a significant other can be tough stuff. Add the stress of medical school to the mix and you can make a difficult situation nearly impossible. But ain’t love worth it? I certainly think so. My story? I met the love of my life while in high school. I went to college in Connecticut and he in North Carolina. As if it were not enough that we spent all of college apart, we remained hundreds of miles away from one another while pursuing our graduate degrees. I (as you probably figured out) began medical school, and much to my dismay, soon learned that it significantly complicated the already difficult battle of dating long distance. The amount of time we had to chat everyday dwindled as my workload surmounted. I found it increasingly difficult to devote m y attention to much outside of school. Clearly, I was not alone. As the year went on, I witnessed most of my fellow classmates’ relationships burn to a crisp, a reality that I found far from inspiring. Fortunately for me, our story ended happily. Four years after beginning medical school, I married m y high school sweetheart and am now living the happy life I have always wanted for m yself. It wasn’t always easy, but all good things are worth the wait, and needless to say- the occasional struggle....

Beat Late Night Zombie Eyes With F.lux

Consider yourself a night-owl studier? Medical students’ eyes tend to be fixated on the bright hue of laptop screens throughout the day, producing Zombie Eye Syndrome (not officially on Step 1… yet). With the most study-intensive period of medical school, board preparation, just a few months away, there’s an easy way to help reduce eye-strain during those long nights with your First Aid.   F.lux takes control of your computers display colors and adjusts them to mirror the lighting of the room around you. In the morning, f.lux has your laptop displays its natural bright colors, but at night f.lux adjusts the color scheme to a calmer hue in order to take the strain off the eyes. From a physiologic basis, the theory is that reducing the bright light exposure to your eyes at night can help restore the natural balance of melatonin secreted by the pineal gland, but there aren’t any studies to back f.lux’s effect on this. From a personal perspective, I can’t study at night without f.lux on my laptop, and even briefly switching off the app at night produces a noticeable difference in screen brightness. As a free app, there’s no downside to giving f.lux a try and seeing if it helps benefit your eyes from those long nights of studying.     Featured image from Flickr...

The 6 Best Pinterest Boards for Med Students

You know that glorious moment when you actually have time to do something on the internet other than study or research? No? Okay, well, if you don’t, make time for these boards on Pinterest which not only serve as entertainment and anti-stress, but are also educational! 1. Surviving Med School by kayleigh Because the caption is “Brain cupcakes with subdural hematomas.” 2. Med School Stuff by Jessie Ward Because this was actually really helpful. 3. Nursing School and Med School by hannah etheridge Because something peds that didn’t make me squirm. 4. Med School Stuff by Kat* Because this is painfully true and also, OMG INFOGRAPHICS <3 5. – Med School by Cata Ananias Fellay Because this is more legible than any notes I’ve ever taken. 6. And just go ahead and follow all the boards from Iau Med-School Because this used to be called “hebra nose”. Same goes for Soul Medicine, which is not like, “medicine” per se, but more like what you want to look at when you are #sodone looking at things that remind you you’re in med school. Because we should all just calm down and make “funeral sandwiches” or whatever these...

19 Things To Do Now That You’ve Matched

1. Go on vacation 2. Catch up with people you haven’t had time to be in touch with 3. Enjoy a good book   4. Let loose for a week 5. Then get organized   6. Sell your USMLE books for some extra cash 7. When no one buys your USMLE books, let them see their last days in a summer bonfire….just don’t get crazy and throw in Step 3 books!   8. Cook yourself a 5 course meal…and leave the dishes until the morning   9. Facebook stalk your new intern class 10. Start researching your new city   11. Make a bucket list of things to do in your current city before you leave   12. Do absolutely nothing productive for a full day   13. Thank everyone who has supported you 14. Pamper yourself and do a spa day (you too, boys) 15. Reflect on your med school experience and share it by submitting a post to The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel 16. Sleep   17. Be thankful and proud of your accomplishment. Celebrate! 18. Remember that others did not have as positive an outcome — Join the campaign to SaveGME and residency spots for your peers 19. Keep up your hard work!!!       Featured image from Flick | Mario G. Piniac...

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...