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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...

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...