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How to Be The Best Intern At the Office

Being an intern can be really tough sometimes, you’re the bottom of the ladder and the lowest ranking member of the workforce, but it’s not all bad. Here are 4 tips to being a the best intern so you can step up your game in the office. Be a “Guy” No I don’t mean be a literal male, being a “guy” can apply to anyone. Basically it means be known for something in the office, you don’t have to have a large following but maybe just a few people. For example, I brought gum to the office everyday throughout my internship. I would offer it to other people and after awhile they would start to come to me when they wanted gum. I became “Gum Guy.” Being some type of guy, “sports guy,” “wacky tie guy,” creates a differential from you just being a normal intern. In my case I kept things interesting by changing the flavor of gum brought in everyday. Doing small things like this can make you more liked and more fun in the office. Always Ask If Anyone Needs Help This can be a feared question, you don’t want to seem to pushy or like you have no work to do, but you also want to be helpful. I say just go for it, ask as many people in the office if they need help as you...

Ridiculous Things Pre-Meds Say

Getting a medical school acceptance is one of the most exciting moments in a Pre-Med’s life. We found that this joy might alter the state of mind of some students, in turn causing them to post some pretty ridiculous things on internet blogs. After reading through The Student Doctor Network thread “Class of 2017”, we found a few of these gems to share with you. Pre-Med #1 Haha! I actually created a formula to determine the price of dinner: If you win (your guess <= my score) then I will buy you a dinner according to the brackets below: Guess: 1-20 then (score/10) ie. You guess 15 then I will buy you a dinner that costs at least than 1.5$ Guess: 21-27 then (score/8) Guess: 28 – 29 then (score/5) Guess: 30-38 then (score/2) Guess 39+ then (score/1) This is to limit the amount of people who guess low numbers to insure free food and to reward someone who takes in insane guess by guessing >39 which is almost statistically impossible. If I win you owe me a dinner according to the following formula (Your Guess – My Score) x 2 I.e. if you guess 35 and I score a 28 then you owe me a 14$ dinner. Well even if I don’t do well I am planning to make sure everyone else does equally bad. (not you guys but the...

Five Careers For Health Degree Graduates

One of the main problems that students often tend to face after they complete their degree and/or certification is the big question of, “Where do I go from here?”. Must health degree graduates go to medical school or are there alternatives? It might have once felt like getting a health degree meant building the foundation of your career but now that you’ve done it, you start to understand how lost you truly are. Don’t be discouraged, there’s a lot that you can do with your health degree which most people are not necessarily aware of. Opening the doors to great opportunities One thing is for sure, your health degree can never go to waste. Here are a few ways you can make sure to enhance your health career: #1: Health Coach Health coach is allows you to have a one-on-one setting with your clients and lay out a plan to promote a healthier lifestyle. This plan is often related to their current health requirements and as their health counselor, your main responsibilities will majorly be: – Educate and promote health maintenance – Guide lifestyle changes such as diet, smoking cessation, mental health management, etc. – Counsel the client on health management – Develop health seminars These are only a few responsibilities place on you. Remember, before opting for this field, research the type of certification you want since health...

5 Destinations for Your Medical Internship Abroad

As a medical student nearing the final year, there is a bucket list of things to do to complete the program. And one of the most important requirement is a medical internship abroad or at home. Are you interested in serving poor people who rarely receives medical treatment? Are you willing to work in an unfamiliar environment? Are you willing to work in a medical facility with substandard condition? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you are cut out for medical internships abroad. This is a brilliant way of sharing your gift of cure to people who don’t have access to reliable healthcare services. Make sure you do it for the right reasons. Internship in a foreign country is extremely rewarding. It will be a great opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives and it will also completely change your world forever. Hera are 5 destination spots where your medical expertise will be put to good use. India India is one of the most dazzling countries in the world with many forms of development in the past few years. Social issues like poverty, illiteracy, poor sanitation and healthcare facilities have to be addressed in order to provide a better life to the people. With a population of about 1.3 billion the drawbacks outweigh its gains making it one of the poorest countries in...

Why I Didn’t Do Pathology

In a lot of ways, I would have been a good match for pathology. I’m a huge nerd, for starters. I’m lazy, so I’m sure I would have enjoyed sitting in one place, looking at slides. Plus you don’t have to do an intern year. You don’t have to do an intern year! I mean, why isn’t everyone a pathologist? Here’s why I didn’t do pathology: 1) I am very prone to eyestrain and looking in a microscope was possibly the best way for me to do it. If I were a pathologist, I’d be walking around with a headache 100% of the time. 2) I didn’t enjoy my histology OR my general pathology courses. So… yeah. Pathology was taught badly, but histology was just hella boring. 3) I think it would freak me out having to be so detail-oriented. You miss one cell and that could mean your whole career. 4) It seems like pathologists are people who need to know everything about everything, which is a lot of pressure. Although this wasn’t the reason I didn’t do pathology, but I’ve heard the job market in path is dire right now. But the biggest reason is that if I had done path, I’d probably have gone blind from looking at all those slides. Originally on Dr. Fizzy’s...

Your Guide as a Medical Student Next Summer

It can be tough to decide what you want to do as a medical student next summer. For me, the natural choice has always been research internships, for a few different reasons. First, I like that you get paid to work and that you get to experience what it’s like to be in graduate school. I also genuinely like research and find that the lab is a very fulfilling place to be (even when everything goes wrong). So, I have always done research. But this summer I am contemplating a few different options and the struggle to decide is very real! There are many considerations whenever deciding how to spend your time as a pre-medical or medical student. There are important considerations and not-so-important considerations. It can be challenging to decide what is important, both to you and to your future, and what is not important. This upcoming summer will be my last one while in undergraduate and last one before applying and interviewing (hopefully) for medical school. Here is my thought process for deciding what to do when there are too many wonderful options out there for students to choose! The important decisions are those that revolve around your own satisfaction and happiness. Will you be happy with the day-to-day expectations that your plans involve? Are you doing this for yourself or for someone else? If you received nothing out...

Five Ways To Keep Your Brain Alert In Medical School

Reading a Fast Company article this morning,  I was inspired to consider the ways I can keep my brain alert for the long haul. As a student, I do study most of the time so one could argue that my brain is constantly alert. It’s true that I do have to make a conscientious effort to relax my brain.  But, the suggestions in the article were very helpful. I’ve slightly modified the five daily habits that were recommended to the general public to be more school friendly. With a schedule as busy as ours, the following five suggestions may not be feasible to do on a daily basis. I think weekly is more manageable. Change your diet. I recently made changes to my own diet by drinking more water. If you’re anything like me, spending money and investing in a more expensive product such as the trendy Swell bottle could motivate you to drink more water. Or, adding fruit like berries, or lemon slices, or herbs like mint, help to change the flavor of plain water. Take inventory of what you could benefit from the most. For example, if you order Domino’s 3X a week, perhaps making home cooked meals would be an appropriate swap to incorporate more greens and vegetables to your diet. I have also found that switching the grocery store you shop for food adds some...