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There is Another Place Like Home, Sorry Dorothy

I can imagine that starting the first week of medical school is overwhelming. New place, new school, new people, new information, new everything. Many have already experienced similar feelings watching as their parents’ car pulled out of the college dorm parking lot; the only difference is you’re not an 18-year-old anymore so it might be slightly less acceptable to cry hysterically (I swear I didn’t do that). And, while it’s extremely important to get down to your studying, it’s also extremely important to get to know your new surroundings and meet new people. School will be stressful and you want to make sure you feel familiar and comfortable in your new home and with your new peers and mentors. Embrace your new place by…. Exploring the city. Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and walk, run or bike outside. You’ll get good exercise and learn how to navigate around your new place. I recently moved into NYC, and spending hours walking my dog Charlie has really helped me learn my way around the BIG apple. Learning the history. A simple Google search of your new city and new school make you more connected to it. In your investigation, you might uncover some interesting facts to share with some of the other newbies. Getting involved. This can be done through groups at school or in your community....

The Complete List of First Date Topics Med Students Should Avoid

As a med student, it can be difficult to fit dating into your busy schedule so you should take advantage of every opportunity. If you avoid these topics, there is less of a chance that you will completely screw it up… • What our kids would look like, hypothetically, if we were to have kids, no pressure or anything haha, just making conversation over here, but seriously why bother with this whole charade if we have incompatible genes that are destined to created hideous children with weak chins and foreheads large enough to mount flat-screens on?. • A brutally frank appraisal of what to expect from your naked body. • Goiters, and how you have become obsessed with them/have a set of textbook goiter pictures in your room somewhere. • How dating makes you hyper-aware of the way people instinctively inspect and evaluate each other based on their most superficial qualities, and how that makes you feel less like a person and more like a vestigial structure, and a rather problematic one at that, like maybe an appendix. • Oxycodone, the merits of. • How exciting it is that your date’s name is Gregor, because, for reasons you’d prefer not to get in to (and involve that time right after your genetics final, when you headed straight to the bar to drown your sorrows…), you already happen to have...

Quick Workout Tips for “Almost” Docs

“I don’t have time to work out.” Have you said this before? Do you say this on a regular basis? If you answered “yes” or “ain’t nobody got time for that!” then please keep reading. I’d guess that most of us are “too busy” to (fill in the blank). Here’s the thing: if you want something badly enough, you’ll try to make it happen. Here are some tips to help squeeze in a little bit of fitness into your busy schedule. 1. Push-ups. These can be done practically anywhere and become easier to do with practice. I personally like to do about 10 push-ups as a pick-me-up if I’m struggling. Is 2:30 pm rolling around and you feel like you need a nap? Skip the gimmicky 5 hour stuff and do some push-ups. You’ll thank me later. 2. Planks and side planks. Great core work can be done anywhere. 3. Take the stairs. Yes, I know, you’ve heard this before. So do it! Not only is it terribly lazy to take an elevator up one or two measly flights (pet peeve, sorry), but it’s a waste of time. If you truly don’t have time to get to the gym, at least walk up a few flights of stairs. 4. Walk. Oooh, groundbreaking! Seriously, think of ways to increase your walking. In a new city? Walk instead of taking a...

11 Steps To Love Someone With Alzheimer’s

I look over and see her fast asleep, her head hanging slightly off the chair. I slowly and softly walk over and slide a pillow under her neck and cover her with a blanket. I place my hand on hers, watching her chest rise and fall. She looks so peaceful, especially compared to the frazzled and angry woman who was with me just an hour prior. I wonder if she’s dreaming, and if so, what about. Is she seeing her late husband? Are they back in 1980, playing music together in a room full of people? Is she a little girl, running across the land on the farm that she grew up on? Is she holding one of her newborn babies, swelling with pride? I hope that her dreams are full of light and love and bliss; her waking moments have so much apathy, depression, and sometimes, anger. My grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and the early stages of Alzheimer’s last year. We saw the signs a long time prior though. It started with little things. She would call and say that she was pulled over to the side of the road because all of a sudden she didn’t know how to get to her nail salon, even though she had been going there for years. One day, she called me in a panic because she couldn’t find her car keys and couldn’t...

Everything You Need to Know About Pulling an All Nighter

If you never pulled an all-nighter as an undergrad, you’re either not a pre-med or your time management is so impeccable that you deserve a monument built in your honor. If you never pulled an all-nighter in med school… you’ve never been to med school. Here are some tips to help you through those tireless nights studying histology, and some very informative facts for your ever-sleepless mind. Tip: Probably stay away from any and all human interaction after an...

Help! I’m Dating a Med Student…

Don’t worry, the first thing to remember is that med students are just like everyone else. At least, they would be if “everyone else” were also highly intelligent, ambitious, competitive, caring, and constantly stressed. But, the reality is, you probably like this person BECAUSE of some of the qualities they possess that made them choose to pursue a career in medicine, so, don’t freak out about the less positive aspects of having a significant other who is married to their profession. Of course, we could all use a little advice sometimes to get through a tough spot or two in any relationship, regardless of if you’re dating a guy who has all the time in the world or a lady who is on her surgery rotation and so busy you can barely remember what she looks like. Here are a compilation of tips I’ve gathered from girlfriends/boyfriends of medical students and am now passing onto you in hopes that it will help you navigate your relationship with your own med school love. CBS Interactive 1. Try not to take some things personally. Medical students are notoriously stressed and tend to prioritize everything in their life as being somewhere underneath the all encompassing category of “med school responsibilities.” This means that they might forget they promised they’d be home in time for the delicious dinner you prepared especially for them...

Top 3 Ways to Die in Arenal, Costa Rica

Surrounded by the rain forest and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal are a terrific summer destination. For the adventurous at heart, the Sky Trek zip lines are a unique and thrilling way to experience Arenal Volcano’s natural...