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Rasmeet Chhabra, "Almost" MD

My name is Rasmeet Chhabra. I am currently a rising MS3 at Windsor University SOM. I also serve in the IL Army National National Guard as a 25Q. I love to travel and current count is 35.

Top 4 Non-Academic Mistakes to Avoid While Studying for Step 1

Studying for the USMLE, especially Step 1 can seem like a daunting task for many of us. [Gunners, please disregard this statement.] Countless programs and websites exist solely for selling books and study methods pertaining to these licensing examinations. Over the years and especially after careful retrospection, I have come to realize that there are four common mistakes we all seem to commit during these extended periods of stress. In a way, they are just common sense but highlight the basic needs we have as human beings. Following are the four mistakes to avoid during your studies…. 1. Not getting enough ZZZ’s! Pixar Animation Studios It is imperative that we not only get enough sleep but also quality sleep. Declarative memories such as facts and semantics are consolidated in slow wave sleep and procedural memory requires REM sleep to be solidified. In other words, the material we learn during the day becomes ingrained in our memory during night time making it easier and faster to recall on the big day. Getting a good night’s rest is imperative for anyone to perform well.   2.   Not finding time to relax! The answer is not always to “study more.” Many programs subscribe to a ‘one day off weekly regimen’. For example, I would study hard Monday through Saturday and take Sunday off. On Sundays, I took it easy. I went for...

The Top 10 Gifts for Med Students this Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again….where families and friends get together to celebrate one tradition or another. It’s also that time where we give and receive presents. So, chances are, you probably know someone (or will know someone) in medical school. Yes, they haven’t called or talked to you for months, but rest assured, they are hard at work and probably going through academic hell. An encouraging, thoughtful letter, or better yet a gift is sure to cheer them up. Here are my top 10.  1. Littmann Stethoscope  It is one of the best gifts you can give to your beloved med student. Its light-weight, durable and most importantly, practical. The product is amazing and quality, they will use it for decades to come.  2. iPad or an iPad mini Anything Apple (besides the edible kind) will do, but these high-end, sleek tablets will let your medical student watch surgical procedures, read medical articles and play fruit ninja while on break. One bonus about the mini is that it fits most pockets of white coats. Perfect companion to double check the starting dose of a beta blocker on Epocrates. 3. Payment of student loans We are medical students. Enough Said. Thanks for the remittance. 4. Personal training sessions Medical school does not allow much free time.  Most of our lives revolve around a computer . Needless to say,...

How to Survive an All-Nighter at the Library

Does this sound familiar? It’s the night before your dreaded histology exam and you have yet to memorize what seems like a thousand slides before the sun comes up. You decide to pull an all-nighter. This will not be the easiest and certainly not the most comfortable of nights. [you will have.] But in medical school [or any other endeavor worth pursuing,] “you gotta do what you gotta do.” You can’t do it in your apartment because you will end up falling asleep or watching infomercials till you’re broke. Therefore, the only safe and sure place is the medical school library. With some provisions and following these tips, you will be able to survive your camp-out at the library. Here are some things you will need (feel free to improvise): 1. Hoodie    2. Starbucks Double Shot Espresso (Low Sugar)   3. Water Bottle (500mL)   4. 5-Hour Energy    5. Some Snacks (Crackers, Cheese, Banana, Apple, etc.)   And for the hard core and gunners: 1. Ground Up Coffee   2. Tabasco Sauce and Hand Sanitizer     You arrive. It’s 10 pm! You don’t know where your children are but you certainly know where you are: the library. You’re pumped, adrenaline is running and you are going to ace that exam. Three hours pass without any problem. You think, wow, cortisol and catecholamines really… are… amazing… But then...

The Top 10 Pick Up Lines that Never Fail for Med Students

These pickup lines would surely work on a nerd like me. If not, at least they would make me smile 🙂 1. Did you cut my phrenic nerve? Cause I can’t breathe when I’m around you. 2. Baby, you are so sweet that even my GLUT 2 transporters are at Vmax. 3. Nice antibody. Wanna conjugate? 4. You must be stage 3 syphilis, cause I can’t get you out of my head. 5. If I were an enzyme, I’d be DNA Helicase so that I can unzip your genes. 6. Are you free tonight? I really need an anatomy partner. And if things go well, we can study physiology. And if they go really well, we can study embryology. 7. Hey baby, why don’t you get your ligase working on my okazaki fragment and lengthen my strand. 8. My zygomaticus muscle contracts everytime I see you. 9. If I was an endoplasmic reticulum, how would you want me: smooth or rough? 10. Do you have 11 protons? ‘Cause you’re So…dium fine! And two bonus ones, they were a little rated R, so I put them here: 11. Hey baby, why don’t you get your ligase working on my okazaki fragment and lengthen my strand? 12. My love for you is like diarrhea. I can’t hold it in! Featured Image: Flickr | Nikki...