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A Prayer that Every AlmostDoc Should Know

John Abele, Co-founder & Director of Boston Scientific, explains how The Serenity Prayer applies to many things in life. He describes its importance and relevance in public health and personal medicine, as the prayer asks for wisdom that is useful in triaging. Read more about John Abele. Videotaped at FutureMed, in February, 2013, at Singularity University.   Featured image taken from Flickr | manoj...

Lies You’ll Tell as a Med Student (And Maybe Beyond)

Telling a lie for the sake of medical training? Fair game. Am I right? AM I RIGHT?  Check out more from Dr. Fizzy...

New Phone App May Just Be the Cheat Sheet Every Doctor Needs

Epocrates is offering their amazing app to medical students for free ($159 value)! The app provides information about drug indications, drug interactions, health insurance plans and much more. Check out the demo video below and click here to get the app for FREE.     Featured image is screen shot taken from video...

“Memory Hacks” Part I: The Baker/baker Paradox

What can medical education take away from a USA Memory Champion?! In 2006, Joshua Foer won the USA Memory Championships by, among other things, memorizing the order of a 52 card deck in a staggering 1 minute and 40 seconds. Other events in the competition included remembering the most names of strangers and reciting the most lines of poetry. Perhaps more astounding is that Foer had been covering the event as a journalist in 2005 and, in just one year, had trained himself to the level of USA champion.  Foer chronicled his incredible journey in a New York Times bestseller, Moonwalking with Einstein, and a famous TED talk watched over 250,000 times. Medical students are often told during the first-week of school that studying will be “like drinking water from a firehose”. Indeed, the pace and volume are certainly ramped up in comparison to college. While a 4-unit class at UC Santa Barbara would cover 30 hours of material over a 10-week period, exams at my medical school typically engrossed 35 hours of lecture crammed into a mere 2 weeks. Breaking down the lectures, I found between 15-20 testable details in each lecture making for 525-700 items to learn for each exam. Tracking the hours I spent studying for an exam showed I was spending about 75 hours in order to memorize up to 700 testable points. The fact...

Molecular Movies: A Visual Study Aid

The start of med school can be tricky. A syllabus that could have taken months at your undergraduate institution can be condensed into just a few weeks. Figuring out how to keep up with all the information is tough, especially because every person learns differently. And to top it all off, there are no shortage of study aids from review books to flash cards to apps. What’s a newbie med student to do? If you’re the kind of person that learns best visually, then we may have the perfect fix for you: molecularmovies.com. It’s basically a website that has aggregated many of the best educational animations out there on the web for topics in biology and medicine. If you’re someone like me, trying to figure out cell biology or biochemistry by interpreting the movement of molecules from words on a page can be daunting. But a short animation can really help make the relationships and interactions memorable. This site takes away all the hassle of having to search on youtube/google by giving you the best animations topic by topic. Here are a couple of examples from the site: DNA Replication: Breast Stem Cells: The Whole Brain Catalog: There are many more categories including: Apoptosis, Viruses, Development, the Immune System, etc. Note: Some of the links may not be working on this site, but overall, it’s a pretty expansive playlist. Featured...

The 7 Most Awkward Conversations Overheard During Med School Orientation

Oh, orientation. Between the rush of meeting so many new people, the copious amounts of alcohol and the lectures on how not to get hep C during your time on the wards (hint: don’t stab yourself with needles you find on the floor), orientation helps create the perfect environment for the occasional awkward conversation. Here I catalog some of the best ones I was privileged enough to overhear this week.  Number Seven Bro 1: You know how at every med school orientation there is that one bro who gets way too friendly with all the girls? That bro lives in infamy for the next four years. I bet that if you can’t name that guy off the top of your head, chances are you are that bro. Bro 2: Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m that bro. Don’t worry, there are support groups on campus, bro. Number Six Girl: I’m definitely considering campaigning for our class’s social chair. When I was an RA in college, I used to host these sick study breaks all based on fruit themes: bananas, strawberries, pineapples, all the best fruits out there.  For Chinese New Year, I did one with the dragon fruit and I spent like $500 on getting fruit directly from China and it was so awesome because I made everyone dress up as a dragon fruit. I really think I could pull...

5 “First Class” Medical Schools

The expansion of medical schools in the United States is in full effect, addressing the projected shortages of physicians in the United States. These are the 5 new medical schools welcoming their inaugural classes this month. These students are the first ever to learn at their school. No pressure. 1. UC Riverside School of Medicine University of Californnia Riverside School of Medicine is the first medical school to be established in California in several decades. Its first class, consisting of 50 students, started on August 5. The allopathic school is the sixth in the University of California system. Administrators say they plan to emphasize the need for physicians in the inland southern California region, which is largely underserved. The building cost $25 million and the launch required approximately $100 million from the community.   2. Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, focusing on underserved and rural areas. The inaugural class consists of 162 students, and at full enrollment the school expects to have about 600 students. Campbell is North Carolina’s first new medical school in 35 years. After graduation, students could begin residencies at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville and WakeMed in Raleigh. The facility costed $35 million. 3. Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine  Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed...