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Starting Them Young: Apps for Lil’ Gunners

Kids ask some pretty interesting (sometimes hilarious) questions, and their curiosity demonstrates a strong desire and willingness to learn. So why don’t we teach them more? A new app, created by Tinybop, addresses the curiosity of children by teaching them about the human body. The “Human Body”  is a visual, interactive app that contains animations for the different body systems. Designed to help answer some of the questions children have about their body, Tinybop also provides parents a 22-page handbook that provides more detailed answers for the typical questions asked by children. And, as many fear the consequences of the projected doctor shortage, this app might spark children’s interest in health early on…look out for this new generation of baby docs! Check out how the app works below…   Featured image is screenshot from video...

Surgeon Finds Some Patients Don’t Appreciate His Little Experiment With Hugs

Photo by Michaela Kobyakov NORTHBINGER, CA – General Surgeon Jeff Britley, M.D., is touching patients in ways they never imagined.  After last year’s survey at the Northbinger Surgical Center indicated that he seemed “distant” or “rushed” during many patient visits, Dr. Britley made some dramatic changes to his bedside manner and patients have definitely noticed. “I decided I just needed to get in there and get friendly,” says Dr. Britley from his West Covina home where he is currently waiting for the California Medical Board to review complaints made about his new style.  ”Over the past 6 months I’ve revolutionized my bedside manner, making it a point to include healing touch and spacial intimacy in every moment I spend with my patients.” He says he courageously pushed the boundaries of human proximity – a sort of pioneer on the frontiers of physical awkwardness. “I made it my mission to step inside of each patient’s unique comfort zone and linger there… turning a simple hug or handshake into a truly magical and enduring experience.” Those wonderfully tenacious touches have been a source of deep satisfaction to Dr. Britley in his practice of medicine, but have generated no small amount of controversy amongst clinic patients. One patient reported being “very disturbed” by his attempt to lie in the hospital bed beside him while they talked. “He put his arms around me and...

Motivational Videos for Medical Students

Motivation can be a fickle mistress in medical school. Every day is another inundation of information that must constantly be broken down and compartmentalized into the nooks and crannies of one’s own mind. As days become weeks become months, eventually the urge to keep learning begins to atrophy. Suddenly histology is no longer just boring, but a Sisyphus-like torture. It is usually during the fourth time I reread a sentence that I begin looking for something to keep me going. Sometimes it’s just moving on to another subject, sometimes it’s studying with friends, often times it is sifting through motivational YouTube videos in hopes that I can find my vitally necessary motivation fix. After a year of practice, here is a list of my favorite videos: 1. “Maybe it’s my Fault” Medical school is obviously a worthwhile endeavor. But as it turns out, doing something worthwhile takes a ton of work. Who better to put that into perspective than the greatest basketball player who has ever lived? 2. “ Rocky Speech” Honestly, I have listened to this speech countless times. Unless you’re especially gifted (and even if you are), medical school has a way of hitting you hard. Maybe it’s an attending shutting you down, maybe it’s failing at a test you tried your absolute hardest to do well on, or maybe it’s something completely outside of medical school that just adds to the pile. Regardless, in the words of Rocky himself,...

Why We Should All Be Kids Again and Play Games

We all miss games. Tag. Red light, green light. Red rover, red rover….and those are just the classics. Check out why all games are actually good for you, and your learning capabilities!

Hospitalists! (‘Popular’ Parody From Wicked)

Short list of things to do when one moves to Las Vegas: 1. Treat gambling addiction with paradoxical chronic immersion therapy. Always bet on black! (and lose 50% of the time) 2. Eat at epic buffets at least twice daily. Obtain gastric bypass from one of several world-renowned local bariatric surgeons. Subsequently suffer from dumping syndrome. 3. Create fierce musical parody of the amazingly catchy tune “Popular” from the amazingly catchy musical “Wicked” (which can only be watched in it’s full glory at the brand new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in sunny Downtown Vegas)! Yes, dear friends, one out of three ain’t bad. And I’m certainly working on the other two. ZDoggMD Industries is proud to collaborate with the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) to promote their epic national conference May 16-19 just outside of Washington D.C.! Sweet hotel, big party, and…oh yeah, CME and whatnot. Mad love to UMC Hospital right here in Downtown Vegas for letting us shoot on their wards and hijack their off-duty nurses and administrators. And super props to Josh.0 and our camera crew: Johnie Wood (camera op) – www.johniewood.com Andrew Dang (camera op) – www.dangfilmmaking.com Allyson Limon (bts photographer/choreographer) – www.allysonlimon.com   Lyrics for Hospitalists! (A Parody of “Popular” From The Musical Wicked): (DOWNLOAD SONG HERE!)   Whenever I see doctors less up to date than I (And let’s face it, even Up To Date’s less up to date...

The 6 People You’ll Date in Med School

The Intensivist Medical Geneticist Neurologist Oncologist Gastroenterologist General Surgeon Special thanks to docimuger for allowing us to repost this curated...

5 Medblrs To Make You Feel Less Alone

If you dig deep enough, Tumblr has more to offer than cats and Topless Tuesdays. There are several “Medblrs” that are run by doctors in disguise, haggard med students or just anatomy enthusiasts. Here are my top five Must Follow Medblrs. 1. Dr. Cranquis’ Mumbled Gripes “Cranquis” as he is so called, is an American physician working in an urgent care clinic. His tales of day-to-day doctor life are packed with humor and some real, emotional nuggets of truth. He also interacts playfully with other Medblrs, so his blog also serves as a gateway to other bloggers. His blog is always organized– like pro-styles organized–and depending on your mood he’s got some kind of cheerful/woeful anecdote for you, day or night. My favorite element of Cranquis’ blog is his TSK’s tag (True Story, Kiddos!) in which he tells you about strange, sweet or sexy experiences with his patients on a particular day. This is probably the best post. 2. #WhatShouldWeCallMedSchool Simple, yet effective. This is one of those “thought with gif” blogs that pairs humorous and often disturbingly apt gifs with phrases like, “Whenever I recommend a diagnosis to my attending he’s like. . .”  “When I scrub into a surgery and forget to go to the bathroom.” I really appreciated the gif paired with “When I get too close to the back table in the OR:” because I...