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Rohan Jotwani, "Almost" MD/MBA

Rohan Jotwani is a co-founder of The "Almost" Doctor's Channel and serves as Managing Editor. He is currently an MD/MBA student at the Tufts School of Medicine and is an avid producer and reader on topics in digital health, neuroscience and global health. Raised in Seoul, South Korea and Flushing, Queens, Rohan graduated from Columbia University. He has previously worked at The Doctor's Channel, WebMD and Pfizer, and is the former President of the Columbia Debate team.

It’s About Time We, Students Who Care About Global Poverty, Really Understood It.

You went into medicine to help people, right? As tempting as it is to spend all of your time learning every detail in your textbook, maybe it’s time to really learn and understand global poverty.   Featured image is screenshot from video above  ...

What First Year Classes Should Actually Be Called

  About seven weeks into school and it’s becoming increasingly more apparent what we signed up for. All schools do a pretty good job of giving their classes innocuous titles, but don’t let that fool you. Here are a list of classic first year classes and what med students actually think of them:   Cell Biology aka An ode to cytoskeleton – will we ever be free of thee? Medical Genetics aka 50 reasons to leave the party if your first cousin starts looking too good. Biochemistry aka Coproporphyrinogen and 299 other reasons med school is no longer fun. Histology aka Dot or desmosome? Questions that will keep you up at night.  Microbiology aka What about the ones that cause Zombie-itis? Anatomy aka Buy 1, get 1 Eau de fromaldehyde. Head and Neck Anatomy aka Are you there God? It’s me, sleep-deprived student. Neuroscience aka The moment you realize TED Talks will not help you pass med school. Physiology aka Drink every time you think of a new pick-up line. Pathology aka Well, there’s one specialty we can cross right off. Pharmacology aka Chinese water torture would have been more enjoyable. Behavioral Medicine aka Free period. Medical Ethics aka Surprisingly, a lot harder than it sounds. Epidemiology aka Just like the movie Contagion, except I may have fallen asleep through both. Medical Interviewing aka No ma’am, I don’t actually know anything...

A Moving Skeleton Made from Plastic

Theo Jansen is so much more than an artist. He is an engineer that gives life to inanimate objects, creating physiology and movement from tubes of plastic. In this short documentary, Theo discusses his latest “animal,” a towering structure that can walk and react to the wind based on designs that mirror muscles, nerves, and a skeleton. Read more about Theo Jansen and his animals.       Featured image is a screenshot from video...

The Graduation Speech Every Student Needs to Hear

  ‘Tis the season for graduation speeches. This video above is a re-imagination of an incredible one given by David Foster Wallace a short while before his untimely suicide. It excerpts a portion of the speech that DFW used to illustrate what he believed was the true value of a liberal arts education as a post-grad living in the real world. All the more reason for you to ask yourself, why would this be posted on a website for students of medicine and healthcare? There comes a time when every healthcare practitioner has at some point felt the monotony and the routine that DFW’s speech alludes to as “adult life.” Even as a student, the repetitive and memorization-based nature of the medical curriculum can be hard to cope with each and every day. Through it all, it’s important to reconcile what you believe in and why you do the things you do. People choose this profession and this lifestyle because they believe in something. Sometimes that belief is in healing humanity; other times it is in their own ego. My favorite quote from this speech (which was curiously left out of the video) addressed this concept of belief in a rather poignant way. …here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we...

Turn Your Heartbeat Into Music Via This App

BioBeat is a company that “merges entertainment and healthcare.” I have no idea what that means, but they recently released a new app called Pulse, which basically creates music by sensing changes in your heartbeat. The app hacks into the iPhone camera/flash and allows the phone to basically track changes in blood flow once you’ve placed your finger over the  camera. Then, using the data collected from the camera, the app turns your heartbeat into sound. Who would have thought that the human body came with its own DJ? This is one of those rare instances where even I can’t think of a practical use for this technology in healthcare, but it’s wicked cool so check out the video below and download the app!   Featured image is a screenshot taken  from the video...

8 Reasons Why Every Week In Med School Is Shark Week

8. When your professor starts an exam question with, “In the remote population of Papua, New Guinea, there is a genetic mutation…” Source: a-nutella-disney.tumblr.com/ 7. When you feel like this on days when you’re not in the library. Source: vulture.com 6.  When interviewees come around on tours. Source: symphonyofthemoon.tumblr.com 5. When that first whiff of formaldehyde hits you on your way into anatomy lab. Source: senorgif.com 4. When sleep finally ensnares you at 3 am, halfway through memorizing the Kreb’s cycle. Source: 4gifs.com 3. The feeling you get when people tell you the best way to get a high Step 1 score is by starting to study during your only summer off between first year and second year. Source: moth-mother.tumblr.com 2. The occasional “Swarming” that happens when someone posts about free food on Facebook. Source: pecuniam.tumblr.com 1. Enter the Gunner. Source: itischewie.tumblr.com Special thanks to Ann Cheung and Albert Du for helping with research for this post. All gifs...

You Never Forget Your Med School Firsts

Congrats! You’re starting medical school soon! You’ve worked hard to get here and now you have tons of things to look forward to… Like the first time you get your syllabus. Source: tpwwforums.com   And then it hits you – that’s just all of the stuff you have to memorize in the first two weeks. Source: bestgifreaction.tumblr.com   The first time you sit through more than four hours of lectures. Source: miscgifs.tumblr.com   Your brain after the first 6+ hour study sesh. Source: heyveronica.tumblr.com The first time you don your white coat.   > Source: totalfilm.tumblr.com The first time you try and get a medical history.   Source: timmytitwank.tumblr.com   The first time you meet your cadaver in anatomy lab. Source: miscgifs.tumblr.com   The night before your your first exam. Source: seinfeldgifs.tumblr.com   Your first exam. Source: living-to-inspire-and-dream.tumblr.com   Seeing the letter “P”(Pass) for the first time next to your name on aforementioned exam. Source: gifloop.tumblr.com   Realizing, for the first time, it may just work out in the end. Source:...