The Devil Wears Scrubs

Dr. Fizzy of A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor presents her new book about the hell that is intern year….     “Newly minted doctor Jane McGill is in hell. Not literally, of course. But between her drug addict patients, sleepless nights on call, and battling wits with the sadistic yet charming Sexy Surgeon, Jane can’t imagine an afterlife much worse than her first month of medical internship at County Hospital. And then there’s the devil herself: Jane’s senior resident Dr. Alyssa Morgan. When Alyssa becomes absolutely hell-bent on making her new interns pay tenfold for the deadly sin of incompetence, Jane starts to worry that she may not make it through the year with her soul or her sanity still intact.”   Featured image taken from Flickr | the...

The Best Critique of Alternative Medicine

We all believe in science. That’s why were “almost” docs, docs or pre-“almost” docs. Ever get SUPER angry when you hear about an herbal remedy to replace aleve or other painkillers? If you do, this video is for you. He says it all – but in a brilliant Shakespearian sort of way that I would never be able to. It’s worth the watch!   Featured Image is a screen shot from the above...

Brain On Fire: The Illness that Baffled Doctors

As a 24 year old journalist in NYC, Susannah Cahalan was used to dealing with tough situations, but nothing could have prepared her for the life or death battle she was about to face with her own brain. In her month long hospital stay, doctors were unable to diagnose her illness, and she continued her descent into madness.  Finally, one doctor was able to diagnose her with a rare autoimmune disease anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.   Read more about Susannah’s journey in her bestselling book, Brain On Fire: My Month of...

5 Must-Read Threads from r/MedicalSchool (Med School Reddit)

Reddit, the social aggregate supernetwork, is one of my guilty vices. Beyond the cats, memes, and “do you even lift?” jokes, though, are an infinite number of small subreddit communities dedicated to insightful discussion. r/MedicalSchool, the subreddit dedicated to medical students, has become one of my favorite sites over the past few months because of the growing sense of community from medical students all over the world. In a sense, it’s a smaller Student Doctor Network with the neuroticism turned way down (although still a bit there, we’re all medical students for a reason). Here is a list of my favorite (and most helpful) threads I have found so far: 1. Any Lifehacks to make life in Med School easier? 2. All done! My guide to medical school, from day 1 through end of third year, ready for download! 3. What are your best YouTube channels/videos for learning medical concepts? List all your favorites! Let’s compile a good collection of video resources. Mine are in the text. 4. In a post-apocalyptic world, which medical specialty would be most useful? 5. AOA and ACGME Move Toward Unified GME...

23 and Me and me Part II: Spit Take

Friday afternoon I dashed off to the post office to pick up a parcel containing, simply, a test tube. Part two of my 23 & Me journey begins. The box contains merely test tube paraphernalia and a small sheet of instructions. I impatiently played with the tube for a half hour, because I had just had a sip of coffee and you can’t give your sample until you’ve had nothing in your mouth for at least a half hour. When you first open the box, you are greeted by a very aggressive note which tells you to STOP! and not do anything else until you register your test tube online– this is, of course, so that you can get your results later on down the road. I eagerly registered and was actually able to use the 23 & Me app on my iPhone to do this, which was pretty neat. While I was waiting for the coffee to leave my spit, I started to fill out the questionnaire too– the first question asked me if I thought I was underweight or overweight. Not a great way to start a conversation, man. Something no one mentions is that it’s actually somewhat difficult to spit as much as you need to into this test tube. There’s a black line that you must fill the test tube too, not including bubbles.  It...

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...

The Drug That Makes You Smarter, Or Does it?

Adderall was first created to treat impulsiveness and improve focus in people with ADHD and ADD. It has since then been used to treat several disorders, such as narcolepsy. But what are the ramifications of the drug and has its use becoming uncontrollable in our society? Source:...

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