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What Do Sex and OChem Have In Common?

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“Let It Flow” – A Frozen Prostate Parody

“Frozen” Indeed. It’s no secret that I’ve got a couple of daughters, the ZPupps. Which means it’s also no secret that I—like so many fathers worldwide—am routinely forced to suffer through the slightly off-key vocal stylings of pre-teens belting out “Let It Go” from the smash Disney musical Frozen. Repeatedly. Pretty much everywhere. And I’ve had it! Look, it’s not that I think the song’s theme of embracing urinary and fecal incontinence isn’t noble—we all know that teaching young people to go ahead and “let it go” instead of trying to fight the urge would certainly be a boon to the Diaper Industrial Complex (DIC), which could now expand its market well into the ‘tween demographic. It just makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is how Disney could completely ignore and alienate the lucrative 40-90 year old male demographic. And while incontinence can certainly occur here, this cohort is much more concerned with the opposite problem. Any man with half a prostate would agree! (well, assuming the half-prostate in question was larger than a normal full prostate, but now we’re splitting hairs) So I’ve written and performed—once again with the help of audio whiz and Rabbit rock star Devin Moore—an emotional, epic anthem…about urinary retention. Unfortunately, my daughters have begun to sing my version. At school. I wish Child Protective Services would just let it go.   Download the...

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:...