Baseball In a Time of Cholera

The cholera epidemic in Haiti was one of the worst public health outbreaks to plague an already devastated nation. After the catastrophic earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010, upwards of 7,490 people have died and 586,000 people have fallen ill to cholera. To make matters worse, UN peacekeepers from Nepal were implicated as the source of the outbreak. This must-see short documentary covers the aftermath of the outbreak as well as one boy’s personal story to keep hope alive for his family and community through baseball. Watch the film, share it with your network and visit undeny.org to sign the petition. Together we can end this crisis!       Featured image is a screenshot from video above ...

The Art of Choosing Who You Want To Be

When I was four, playing with toy cars meant smashing them together as hard as their plastic bumpers could handle. My favorites included a yellow Tonka dump truck, a police sheriff’s car with flashing lights, and a fire truck with a retractable ladder. I didn’t know much then, but I did know that garbage smelled bad, so I wanted to become either a policeman or fireman—mostly so I could drive a cool car with a siren and not have to wait in traffic. When I turned seven, my true calling arrived on the scene in a big way. Everything else seemed like a waste of time—I would become a Pokémon Master. Upon turning eight, my family caved to my demands for a dog, and I finally found myself sitting in the backseat with a tiny yellow Labrador puppy. She was wrapped in a blanket on my lap, like a stuffed animal that had finally heard my prayers and started to wag its tail. Over the course of less than an hour in that car, I abandoned all hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. I instead set my sights on something far more pragmatic—becoming a veterinarian—so I could take care of my new puppy, if she ever got sick. At thirteen, I wanted to become a baseball player so I could play for the Yankees, maybe next to Derek Jeter,...

When Medical Nudity Becomes Uncomfortable

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Top 10 Tips for Residency Interviews

Jeanne Farnan, MD, from the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program, knows what she’s talking about when it comes to interviewing. She’s a dedicated faculty interviewer for the Pritzker School of Medicine and is on the internship selection committee for the Department of Medicine. Pay attention to this one!   For more information on Dr. Farnan and the University of Chicago Medical Center, visit...

Immunize (Vaccine Anthem) | Parody of “Billionaire”

“Immunize (Vaccine Anthem)” is our parody of the Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars song “Billionaire”. Get your shots on!http://ZDoggMD.com Written and performed by Dr. Harry and ZDoggMD. Recording and video editing by ZDoggMD. Photoshop by Dr. Diego. Fight the Jenny McCarthy industrial complex and keep our kids safe by vaccinating on...

Sorry Doc, Guess You’ll Have to Find Another Job

Imagine buying tickets to your favorite concert, changing your schedule so that you can go a certain date, organizing how you’re getting there and getting pumped about it with all your friends. You get to the concert. You’re beyond excited to belt out every lyric to every song because you listen to this band constantly. You go up to will call to pick up your tickets with a stupidly huge smile on your face, and the guy standing behind the window says “I’m sorry, we over sold on tonight’s tickets, so you will not be able to go in for the show tonight. Apologies.” You are PISSED. Now, imagine that scenario and your frustration times a billion… We at The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel have been trying to help get the word out about an issue that will not only cause a great level of frustration for medical students,  but it will also prevent all patients from receiving healthcare. We’re hoping to educate those who don’t know about the proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Medicare program, which funds more that 75% of residency programs. So, this morning, I was thrilled to see an article published by Bloomberg News sharing some frightening statistics that the public needs to know. Yes, the article explains that medical school acceptances are at a record high, however, that does not mean that these students will be able to become trained...

The World’s Most Sophisticated Algorithm for Choosing a Med Speciality

Decisions, decisions… You’ve spent the majority of your life in school working hard for the big prize: the prestigious two letters after your name, “MD”. But, now that your real life dream is creeping closer, you have to make that difficult decision, what kind of MD? This highly accurate algorithm is for the “almost” MDs who are still clueless and could use some help. Check out more cartoons from Dr. Fizzy here.       Featured image from Flickr / Butte-Silver Bow Public Library | Original Source of Image from Dr. Fizzy’s...

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