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7 Huge Misconceptions About Your MD Residency

Are you on the journey towards becoming a fully-fledged doctor? The field of medicine is quite competitive, and different people choose to pursue it for varying reasons. Some may feel it’s their calling, while others may be drawn to it by a particular experience. Whatever your reasons, medical school can be challenging and exciting at the same time. Before you start your MD residency, you have probably looked for residency help services. In your research, you may have come across some purported truths about what your experience could be like. Well, it’s good that you want to familiarize yourself with what to expect. However, you should watch out for misconceptions about an MD residency that many propagate. It will be difficult to handle stress In your residency, you will sometimes be deprived of sleep. You will often feel burnout, and this is stressful enough. Now, if you don’t know how to manage stress, it could lead you to depression. Though the medical system may feel dysfunctional, you can alleviate stress, by letting go of toxic people in your life. Create time away from your rotations for a social life. Choose to view the circumstances in a favorable light. This way you will minimise the external stressors that add to the pressures of residency. You won’t have a social life This myth could cause many to second guess their decision...

Five Tips for Emergency Medicine Clerkship Success

On one of my first shifts of my emergency medicine rotation, a tech ran into the physician workroom shouting that she needed a doctor – a patient was having a seizure. The attending was checking on a patient in the trauma bays while the resident was admitting another patient, so all eyes were on me. I approached the patient, who was clearly postictal and confused, rose the head of the bed, and spoke calmly with him and his terrified family until the resident arrived. Although backup came quickly in this case, emergency medicine is a fast-paced specialty requiring us to think and process information quickly. If you’re in an EM rotation, you need to know the top five ways to keep up: 1. Be prepared for your clerkship. In terms of attire, facilities typically recommend or even require scrubs. Most will provide them, and some even let you wear your own. You’ll be on your feet or standing almost constantly during a busy shift, so wearing compression socks under scrubs can be very beneficial. Good footwear is a must! Most people wear sneakers or a comfortable clog like Dansko (eBay and thrift stores are great places to look for affordable medical clogs). In terms of tools, a stethoscope is definitely essential. I also found it helpful to keep a reflex hammer and trauma shears handy. Lastly, I’d recommend bringing a cheap...

Is a Business Degree Worth the Money After Med School?

In a growing world of entrepreneurship and technology advancing our society and expectations, are they improving society but making our degrees useless? As almost docs, is tacking an MBA or a business degree next to your MD worth it?  I recently read an article about how an eighteen year old kid started his own hedge fund in his room at home, all because he had the connections that mattered to do it.  He didn’t do it with a degree, he didn’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and studied for years to do it, he simply had the network to do it.  As a business student, I must truly question the opportunity cost of school. Losing four precious years of life and hundreds of thousands of dollars all for a piece of paper that says I studied. Yet, it is important that I have that piece of paper because it is an indicator to society that I have gone to school for the “right” amount of time and now am ready to work. But in terms of a job in business, I argue that it is the connection to the company or person who hires you that is much more important than the degree itself. Two alike kids coming out of college want to work in the financial sector, one has family in the line of business and the...

What You Need To Know About A Career In Cardiology

As pharmaceutical and technological advancements continue, it translates into rapid growth in cardiovascular medicine or cardiology. Cardiology is a specialty in the medical field that involves the treatment of conditions, defects and diseases of the circulatory system and the heart. It also includes diagnosis of the same. In America, the leading cause of deaths in both genders is heart disease. Advancements in treatment technology and increased awareness has led to a growing need for specialists who deal with heart care. It is something to motivate you as you search for fellowship in cardiology online expert help. Becoming a cardiologist isn’t easy, it requires intense training and academic experience. Below are some of the things you should know about a career in cardiology: You Can Start Early It addresses those who realise earlier in the journey about their desire to pursue cardiology. You can start shaping your career path straight from high school. Try and find your feet in sciences and maths. If your school offers Honors or AP courses, especially in Biology and Chemistry, take them. These courses may help you earn college credit, which is a good thing from the perspective of prospective universities. Medical school is quite competitive. Ensure that you apply yourself in your studies and get good grades. Look at potential universities that appeal to you and get your application ready. You Don’t Have to...

Divine Comedy On The Road: Dante’s 9 Circles of Hell, Commuters Edition

For commuters, medical students, or both: I like having real talks with people, heart to hearts; so let’s go heart to heart on the fact that commuting is hell. According to one of my favorite writers Dante Alighieri, there are nine circles of hell, a person is placed in one of them based upon their sins.  Have you sinned on your commute? Let’s find out. Limbo You and all the other zombies on that train, you know them.  Or maybe when your in your car pumping out casual jazz music to relax before a long day of surgeries and you look over and see all the other cars stuck in traffic with you, doing the same exact thing. Limbo. Stuck in endless casual peril.  Nothing bad is happening, but there sure is nothing good going on. Let’s be real there’s only so much smooth jazz you can listen to. Lust Now while defined differently then Dante had intended it to be, commuter lust does exist.  Jazz pumping in your ear, you can almost hear the sound of all the babies crying in your pediatric office later that day. Glancing out the window you see an open lane that leads right to the exit off the highway and you could be home free within 30 minutes.  Take that route, and you’ll end up in the second circle of commuter hell. Gluttony...

The Best Cover Letter Template For Doctors

Doctors are highly educated and skilled professionals, but they still need to write a cover letter to get hired. Cover letters are a great way of getting the attention of a hiring manager and expanding on things you were only able to touch on in your resume. A good cover letter should convince the reader that you know exactly what they’re looking for and can provide it, and a sample cover letter template can get you there. The first thing to remember when you’re writing your cover letter is that you are not rehashing your resume. Use your letter to expand on details you weren’t able to fit in your resume. Start with a summary that is basically a showcase of your most impressive abilities and qualifications. When you talk about the responsibilities you had at a previous facility, use action verbs rather than writing “responsible for,” or “duties included.” Get specific and provide examples, and if possible provide hard numbers. Give them some stats to give your potential employer a clear idea of how effective you are. “You should customize each cover letter to the position you’re applying for. Start off with a template if you like, but ensure you modify it and tailor it to the medical facility you’re applying to,” recommends Michael Acuna, cover letter editor at Ukwritings. Canned cover letters get thrown in the trash....

5 Best Ways to Spend your Lunch Break

You’ve only got an hour; do you make the most of it, or are you a lazy breaker? Find out as we discuss  the 5 best ways to spend your lunch break. 1.The Cultural Experience Enrichment. This one is more determined based upon where you work, but a quick cultural break is both fun and informative.  One of my favorite spots to visit was the Carnegie Art Museum which was two blocks down from my office. Nothing like a sandwich and a little Dali to go with it.  I felt myself being more relaxed but also enjoyed learning about the art. Now in NYC I enjoy walking through the parks and stopping to listen to music along the way or any pop up galleries.  The point is, enrich yourself during your lunch break. Simple searches online can point you towards a good cultural connection in your area. Who knows you may even make some friends with the same interests in the meantime. I guarantee you’ll find yourself not only being re energized but also have a sense of accomplishment after the lunch break which can be a great transition into the afternoon.     2. The Heavy Workout GRIND.  Nothing like a strong workout to get the middle of the day going again.  I would especially recommend doing this on a slow day. It’s excellent stress relief and personal gain....