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26 Things I Learned During My First Year of Real Employment

Whether it’s your first year out of med school or you’re taking a year or two to work between undergrad and medical school, there is a lot to learn in the real working world. And, for those of you still in school, you can get a head start on some of this insightful wisdom… 1. Bank account balances can be comprised of more than two digits. 2. Once you determine exactly when you need to wake up to make it to work on time, you will get out of bed at that precise moment every day with no time to spare. For example, I get out of bed 31 minutes before work starts. Not 30 minutes; 30 minutes is not enough time. Waking up 30 minutes before work starts is a crisis. 3. Exactly which holidays are federal holidays and which are just the stupid ones. As a doctor, you’ll be working on both but the real ones give you slightly more FOMO. 4. I appreciate my free time so, so much more. When I was an undergraduate in college, I had seemingly inconceivable amounts of free time — when I look back on it, it’s astonishing. I think I actually transcended the space-time continuum with the amount of unstructured, obligation-free time that I had. What did I use it for? I created a fake NFL team in Madden...

Should You Drop Out of Med School for Your Start-Up?

This is for every student with a business idea that could potentially change their life. Halle Tecco, co-founder and CEO of Rock Health, a company that funds entrepreneurs developing technology for medicine, gives important advice to medical school students looking to start a company. She explains the importance of an executive team, the time and dedication required for such an endeavor, and the value of having an MD in business development. Read more about Rock Health.   Featured image from Flickr | Tsahi...

Alanna Shaikh: How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s

When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s, most of us respond with denial (“It won’t happen to me”) or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She’s taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment — should it arrive — when she herself gets Alzheimer’s...

What in the world is ASMR?

I recently came across a really interesting, but also relatively bizarre concept, ASMR. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – allow me to explain. Autonomous: refers to the subjective nature of the phenomenon Sensory: refers to the sensory input that trigger the phenomenon Meridian: is apparently a euphemism for orgasm Response: yeah, just as it sounds It’s a physical sensation experience in response to external stimuli, usually soft noises of whispering or mundane sounds of objects. But what exactly is the physical sensation? It’s a tingling, warm, relaxing feeling that often starts in the back of the head and can travel down your spine, arms, and legs. It can also just consist of a feeling of overall relaxation, putting the person almost in a trance state. Many people use ASMR simply to relax. The videos consist of people completing mundane tasks such as doing their makeup or drawing an intricate picture. Usually, the videographer is also whispering, further stimulating their audience. In this video, the girl literally talks about her makeup collection for half an hour. No one expects you to watch the whole thing (unless you are an ASMR-er) but just to give you an idea…(I personally just got frustrated by how long it was taking her to complete thoughts – so much for that whole relaxing thing.) While doing my ASMR research I also came across...

Inspirational Quotes For Living In Your 20s

“I can’t dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven’t got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you.” – Charles Manson “Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.” – Ronald Reagan “You’ve had your whole fucking life to think things over. What good’s a few minutes more gonna do you now?” – Excerpt from The Shining, as delivered by a crazed Jack Nicholson “The cadaver’s pubes have a cowlick.” – Excerpt from Elvis Presley’s autopsy “There are lesions on the legions…” – Walt Disney “My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.” – Rodney Dangerfield “They all feel the need for something. What we sense after the film is that the natural sources of pleasure have been replaced with higher-octane substitutes, which have burnt out the ability to feel joy. Going through the motions of what once gave them escape, they feel curiously trapped.” – Excerpt from Roger Ebert’s review of The Ice Storm “Did I do that?” – Urkel, overheard while watching footage of Tiananmen Square “If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow,...

Cersei Lannister and Sesame Street Team Up To Teach Medical Students a Valuable Lesson

If you watch Game of Thrones, this video is entirely bewildering. Cersei Lannister being nice? And patient? And also, she has brown hair? That’s some twilight zone s***. Either way, Cersei and her furry friend have teamed up in this ridiculous video to teach all med students the key to doing well in school and building a successful medical career.   Featured image is a screen shot from the video...

Gunner Scholarship Winner: How To Become a #AlmostDoc Twitter Superstar

Sonal Kumar is the official winner of an “Almost” Scholarship. As the recipient of the Gunner Scholarship, she has won a Moleskin Evernote Smart Notebook. Social media is indubitably shaping how medicine is practiced and health care is delivered. The digital landscape in general and social media sites in particular – namely Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter – influence the way we create, share and engage health and medical information with a virtual community.  Media-savvy physicians have used social media to create a positive digital footprint, share the latest research studies and engage with a diverse patient community online. As a medicine and media enthusiast, I actively use most social channels, but I have had unconquerable success using Twitter. Many others feel the same. It is for this reason that I would like to archive my thoughts on using Twitter. I hope that I can inspire you, #AlmostDoc, to appreciate the value of maintaining an online presence on this platform. There is no better time than now to start using Twitter, especially since it has attracted a constantly expanding group of health care professionals. In particular, there is a group dedicated to Twitter Doctors, a global hash tag devoted to health care social media, and tweet chats focused on health care leadership. I am a loyal tweeter and here are the six reasons why: 1. Social networking Twitter...