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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...

If You Aren’t Sure If They’re Flirting With You, They’re Flirting With You (Unless They Aren’t)

Yeah medical school is hard but do you know what’s even more difficult? Being able to tell if that girl or guy creepily staring at you is actually trying to flirt. You may have aced your last pathology exam but this lesson is one you won’t want to miss… Now I was downtown clubbin’, ladies night – seen shorty, she was crazy, right? And I approach baby like, “Ma, what’s your age and type?” She looked at me and said, “You’s a baby, right?” I told her, “I’m 18 and live a crazy life.” Okay, I admit it – those are the lyrics from Juelz Santana’s verse in Cam’ron’s “Hey Ma.” I was hoping to just paraphrase that song for the entirety of this article, but it turns out that Cam’ron lyrics are like Latin: they sound nice when someone else recites them, but reading and understanding them takes years of rigorous training. Here it goes: flirting is a complex endeavor in which you are constantly trying to figure out A) Whether or not the other person is indeed flirting with you and B) Whether or not they mean anything by it. In my experience, the relationship between flirtatious actions and actual intent follows a sort of bell curve. Below is a textbook-quality graph that I spent large portions of the Obama Administration attempting to create in Microsoft Word...

Crohnology: Bringing Together a World of Crohn’s Patients

Sean Ahrens, co-founder of Crohnology, discusses how he brought a community of Crohn’s and Colitis patients together to share  their collective knowledge and track their disease. Sean was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was 12 years old, and was inspired to create a platform where patients could learn from each other and collect data on western and alternative treatment options. Read more about Crohnology. Filmed at FutureMed, in February, 2013, at Singularity...

The Ten Fight Club-esque Rules of Medical Education

First rule: Don’t talk about medical school. Second rule: Don’t talk about medical school. Seriously, nobody cares about gaucher’s disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, or all the random things you know about diabetes. They especially don’t care about gossip between emotionally stunted medical students. Third Rule: Don’t complain about medical school. Despite all the caring and listening doctors purportedly do, nobody cares less about the strife of other doctors than doctors. That goes double for medical students. Fourth Real: Gunners get gunned. Realize that though you can get ahead of others by being a note whoring, brown nosing know-it-all, everyone can and will hate you for it. Fifth Rule: Grades are like a normal person’s income. Only to be shared with close friends and only pompous d-bags brag about it. Sixth Rule: The professor is not your tutor, and the lecture is not a conversation. You get two questions per lecture (three if you’re good). Anything more is wasting everyone’s time. If you seriously don’t get it be a big boy or girl and learn it yourself. Seventh rule: When the professor at the end of the lecture asks, “are there anymore questions?” that in no way means ask a question. That means “I’m done and if you have a question come talk to me after class where all of the people who actually care will be and those that don’t will not...

The Best* Free Medical Ebooks

*Amazon has wonderful (and, um, not so wonderful) free books for Kindle. Lately I’ve been perusing their offerings for topics in medicine. While the books are hilariously outdated, they provide some very valuable insight into the evolution of thought on medicine– and provide some great pointers on keeping your body well. 1. The Ladies Book of Useful Information compiled from many sources Have you ever “forgotten how to woman?” Than this book might be for you! With chapters on Personal Beauty, Marriage, Sexual Intercourse, and — of course — Childbirth, this book will assist you on your journey to womanhood. This text warns that if a young girl is not properly (and primly) informed of her impending menses, she might well die of consumption! “… when she observes a flow of blood escaping from a part, the delicacy attached to the locality makes her reticent with regard to inquiry or exposure; she naturally becomes alarmed, and most likely attempts to stanch the flow by bathing or applying cold water to the part, thus doing incalculable mischief.”  After you’ve completed the chapter regarding menstruation, I suggest you skip ahead to Chapter 5, entitled: “Sexual Intercourse — Its laws and conditions — Its use and abuse,” wherein the author assures young women that they “can perfectly restrain the sensual part of their natures whenever they have a strong motive to do so.”     2....