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5 Movies Every Med Student Should See

 1. Contagion – this is one of the more recent films in the medical genre and it deals with a terrifying topic; pandemics. Starring Jude Law (one of my personal faves) and a plethora of other celebrities including Kate Winslet and Gwen Paltrow, Outbreak explores how infectious diseases can spread across the world in almost no time at all.   2. The Cider House Rules – a classic, definitely one of my favorite movies and in my opinion, one of Michael Caine’s best. Set in rural Maine, this film portrays the realities of life for a small town doctor and orphanage director and the children he cares for. Tobey McGuire plays a compassionate boy abandoned at birth who trains to be a doctor under Caine’s tutelage. 3. Girl, Interrupted – one of the first mainstream films about life inside a psychiatric facility. This film follows Winona Ryder as she navigates life after a mental breakdown and subsequent stay at a mental hospital. Amazing performances by Angelina Jolie and Whoopi Goldberg make this film especially memorable, emotional and touching.   4. The Painted Veil – I guess I’m a hopeless romantic but I absolutely love this movie. The cinematography is breathtaking and the soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful. Edward Norton is a young British doctor who specializes in infectious disease. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Norton decides moves his new wife...

Top 10 Things Overheard in the OR

Last winter, during a major snow storm, I got snowed in at the hospital and spent the day in the OR observing a few gynecological surgeries. Here are the top 10 things I overheard the nurses, scrub techs and surgeons saying to one another. 10.  “Dr. Vajiner* (not his real name) needs to have everything his way.”  – OR scrub nurse 9.  “THAT. IS. STERILE.”  – Other OR scrub nurse; referring to the sterile zone in the most menacing way possible. 8. “Don’t do drugs!” – to me, by the anesthesiologist, as he attempted to further anesthetize a patient who had a history of severe drug abuse. Apparently this makes it more likely that you’ll start “bucking” when you go under – since you need more anesthesia than someone whose body isn’t used to a lot of drugs.   7. “Can you answer that? It’s my kids. They’re home alone. I got snowed in here last night and they had to stay home by themselves.” – female surgeon to me as she was elbow-deep in a woman’s abdominal cavity and her phone started ringing. 6. “Whatever. Grey’s Anatomy is friggen boring. No one ever gets anything interesting. What about Dengue Fever? I’d love it if someone got Dengue Fever.” – female surgeon to male surgeon as they discussed the previous week’s episode, I didn’t even bring it up! It...

What if Your Classmates Were Harry Potter Characters?

  The Weasley Twins You know these kids, they’re the ones who are always playing off each other in class to get a few laughs. The jokesters and fun-lovers who pull pranks with the cadavers in Anatomy but are so hilarious they manage to get away with it. Somehow these guys always end up doing pretty well academically but you have no idea when they get the chance to study between planning and executing their riotous shenanigans but luckily you don’t even care because they’re so damn entertaining you just appreciate having them around to lighten the atmosphere.     The Hermione Granger Can you say gunner? Obviously this student is crazy motivated, annoyingly so at times, but they have a good heart (Right? They’re in med school after all). These are the ones staying in on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to study and who never take a break, even after a block exam (perfect time to get a head start on material for the next block!). They’ve read all of Atul Gawande’s books and have a favorite Human Anatomy Atlas that they carry around with them at all times. They’ve dreamt of those two little letters after their last name for years and if they raised their hand any higher (or more often) in class they’d probably dislocate their shoulder.     The Draco Malfoy This guy is...

A Classic OChem Reaction

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10 Hammocks You Should Study in This Summer

It’s August! While most people revel in the thoughts of upcoming pool parties, plan their labor day BBQs, and start pondering about how they will ever function when they are not allowed to wear their white pants anymore (we’re very fashion-savvy here at The Almost Doctor’s Channel), med students gear up for another fun year of autopsies, histology exams and sleepless nights! However, let’s not jump into fall too quickly; for med students its back to school and study in the heat of summer. These hammocks are fail-proof study spots which can be very informative and scientific while also serving as a reminder that the world outside your study cubicle really does exist! 1. The coccoon hammock.  Because it looks like a cocoon, it obviously is going to teach you a lot about reproduction. While this may be, like, 4th grade (if we’re being generous) science, the natural setting will have you surrounded by sooo much photosynthesis you won’t be able to get biology off your mind. 2. The hammock over water. H2O is the most abundant substance in the body so staring at it for extensive periods of time is going to be good for you because some of it is bound to enter through osmosis…or you can just swallow some when a big wave comes by. 3. The side-by-side hammocks.  For you and your favorite study buddy. Note:...

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Oz

Whether or not you want to admit it, chances are at some point in your career a patient is going to say the words, “But Dr. Oz says. . .” and before you roll your eyes, keep in mind that for many people television personalities and “pop medicine” specialists are their primary source of health information. Dr. Oz is to medicine what Dr. Phil is to psychology. The explosion of these dramatic, fun and charismatic reality shows has begun to shape how we, as medical professionals, approach our patients about their own health problems. Dr. Mehmet Oz is probably the most well-known doctor in the United States today. He has his own television show (Oprah approved) and every day patients can watch him explain complex medical concepts in a bare-bones modality that can seem frustrating and bastardized to physicians – but, nonetheless, appeal to patients. When Dr. Oz, no doubt, comes up in conversation, here are a few things you might not know about him – but you probably should in case his name comes up in the office. 1.  He is definitely a real doctor –and more than that, he’s a highly respected cardiac surgeon. 2.  He went to Harvard for his undergrad, got his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania and also his MD at the University of Pennsylvania.   3. His full name is Mehmet Oz....

Dr. House of Cards – Episode 2

Power. Politics. Polio. Dr. Underwood returns to clinic to grapple with a mother who’s been taking Jenny McCarthy’s advice on vaccines. You can imagine how that goes down. Starring Nina Wright from Turntable Health. “Money is the Mercedes in the MD parking lot, depreciating from the second it’s purchased. Power is a stone hospital wing that stands for centuries.” -Dr. Frank...