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Rachel Greenberg, "Almost" MD

Rachel Greenberg is an editor for The Almost Doctor's Channel hailing from Great Neck, NY. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology, where she spent much of her time either singing a cappella or being a pre-med. In addition to maintaining an interest in holistic medicine, Rachel boasts a world-class Carrie Underwood impression.

How to Choose Your Med School Roommate

Although living alone may seem ideal, many schools will not offer single-person housing. In addition, you may actually save yourself a bunch of money by splitting your rent! While a roommate has the potential to become a very good friend, med school is hard, tension is high, competition is inevitable, and disastrous living situations are most definitely possible. Here are some tips to avoid living with slops, gunners, and debbie downers.   1. Ask the right questions: Most medical schools will allow you to complete a form asking you about your own living habits as well as your preferences in a roommate. This is not the time to be “accepting” or “chill.” As accepting as you may be of lifestyles that differ from your own, med school is not the time to have to deal with a roommate who plays music until 2 am or who leaves their dirty dishes in the sink (one day grace rule, obviously.). Also take into consideration that your lifestyle does not need to be exactly the same as a roommate’s, it just needs to be compatible. You like studying in the library while they’ll have their books splayed all over the dining room table? Perfect! You won’t step on each other’s toes.     2. Be proactive: Asking a person you barely know whom you found on your school’s Facebook group to live with you...

10 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning When You’re in Med School

1. “Study” What it meant before: Spending 2 days before an exam cramming useful facts about King Louie’s Rule into your head. If you are more ambitious and not quite the procrastinator, this could mean spending 4-5 days before an exam in the library, probably spending more time snapchatting your friends than actually learning anything. What it means now: “By ‘study’ do you mean ‘exist’? Cause this is all I do.” You spend more time in the library than anywhere in the world. You’ve even established a cute little nook where you curl up for 20 minute power naps. No pillows, no problem…you’re so tired you could probably pass out standing up right on the ledge of a skyscraper.   2. “Sleep” What it meant before: Going to bed at 1 am and dragging yourself out of bed for that 10 am lecture. No time for a full 8 hours? No worries, there’s always nap time. What it means now: 5 hours, if you’re lucky. Plus the extra Z’s you can grab during pharm lecture.   3. “Parties” What it meant before: Spending 2 hours primping and then getting together with your sorority sisters or frat bros to pregame for a minimum of 2 hours. From the pregame you proceed either to the campus bar where you’ll be treated as a sardine for the night OR head downtown for a...

9 Cartoon Characters and Their Psychiatric Diagnoses

1. Charlie Brown: Avoidant Personality Disorder The disorder: According to Medline Plus, “People with this disorder cannot stop thinking about their own shortcomings. They form relationships with other people only if they believe they will not be rejected. Loss and rejection are so painful that these people choose to be lonely rather than risk trying to connect with others.” The diagnosis: Though lovable and endearing, Charlie Brown has gone undiagnosed for far too long. His many “psychiatric help” sessions with Lucy beg us to question his psyche. People with Avoidant Personality Disorder think obsessively about their own shortcomings. Though seemingly optimistic, Charlie is often dominated by his insecurities and overwhelmed by his “terrible case of bad luck.” He constantly feels like people are picking on him, even when they are not, and this, in turn, affects his ability to become close friends with people, in fear of being rejected.   2. Glenn Quagmire: Sex Addiction The disorder: Sexual addiction is a persistent and escalating pattern or patterns of sexual behaviors acted out despite increasingly negative consequences to self or others. While technically not recognized by the DSM-V, sex addiction is recognized by both the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the World Health Organization (WHO). The diagnosis: Quagmire is the source of mostly every perverted plot line of family guy. I recall one disturbing episode in which his addiction got him in such...

Getting an MRI or Boarding a Pirate Ship?

What if we could make life a little easier for scared and sick children? New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, has come up with a way to try to minimize the stress put on young children when they require scans. For anyone who has ever been in an MRI machine, they’re scary, loud and not meant for the claustrophobic. These cool designs could make them a tad more enjoyable, though! Pirate themed brain scanning!!      ...

Try to Guess If It’s a Side Effect or a Fairy Tale Plot

Drugs are weird. As helpful as they may be to ease your ailments, those pesky side effects can sometimes get you down, literally. While drowsiness is sometimes disruptive, it does not even compare to some of those bizarre side-effects out there. Some of them are so weird they sound like they came right out of a fairy tale or something. Question is, can you tell if these conditions are drug side effects or the fate of some damsel in distress? The answers will be below the picture, so don’t peek!   1. Excessive/Inappropriate Happiness: A. Side Effect B. Fairy Tale C. Both A. Side Effect: Excessive or inappropriate happiness is a side effect of Prednisone, a drug used to treat low corticosteroid levels 2. Involuntary Movement/Dancing: A. Side Effect B. Fairy Tale C. Both B. Fairy Tale: You never really hear more about Snow White than the whole apple thing or being kissed by that handsome, handsome man but apparently the queen, “was forced to step into the red-hot shoes and dance until she fell down dead.”    3. Unusual Sleepiness: A. Side Effect B. Fairy Tale C. Both C. Both: You may have forgotten but Sleeping Beauty was afflicted with a permanent state of sleep. Additionally, drowsiness/sleepiness is a common side effect of many drugs, including those used for depression.   4. Perception of disembodied voices: A. Side Effect B. Fairy Tale C....

Everything You Need to Know About Pulling an All Nighter

If you never pulled an all-nighter as an undergrad, you’re either not a pre-med or your time management is so impeccable that you deserve a monument built in your honor. If you never pulled an all-nighter in med school… you’ve never been to med school. Here are some tips to help you through those tireless nights studying histology, and some very informative facts for your ever-sleepless mind. Tip: Probably stay away from any and all human interaction after an...

Doctors Make Mistakes; Can We Talk About That?

The stress can get to anyone. The overwhelming feeling that you must see the next, more pressing patient. A mistake, an overlook, is inevitably made. But does that make you a bad doctor? In this TEDTalk Dr. Brian Goldman talks about his perfectionist attitude through medical school, how he was confident that memorizing every detail of every pathway, every symptom of every disease state, would help him avoid making a mistake. And how this logic was completely...