28 Inspirational Quotes That Will Help You Hack Life

  All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot! – Dr. Seuss What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years? – Ke$ha It is a logic that many drug abusers would understand. It goes like this: I feel bad, and drugs make me feel good, although they are also why I feel bad. But since they make me feel good now, and bad later, I will worry about later when the time comes. – Roger Ebert I am not proud of the fact that major ingredients of my emotional history are available for purchase today at CVS. – Nicholson Baker I think it goes without saying that pretty much everything I’ve taught you should be prefaced with a ‘No homo.’ – Jesus Christ Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering – this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom in general and fairly salutary day-time advice for everyone. But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work – and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day. – Jackie Chan I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this...

Top 4 Fears That You Will Have in the OR

Everyone is scared in the OR, especially when one is a med student. What other fears have you had when in the...

16 Tips for Being Cool At Med School Parties

1. Follow any thematic guidelines provided by the people throwing the party — nobody likes someone who shows up empty-handed or out-of-costume. If it’s BYOB, bring your own beer. If it’s a toga party, wear a toga. If it’s a search party, bring a flash light and tempered expectations. 2. Everyone knows that if you go to prison, you need to show everyone you’re tough and can take care of yourself right off the bat. Usually this is done by beating up the first guy who messes with you. Well, being cool at a party works the same way — you need to show how cool you are as soon as you walk in the door. One method is to show up already wasted, like “Who needs a party? I’m cool drug-addicted guy!” Another is to walk up to the coolest person already at the party and just do a really elaborate magic trick. WARNING: Do not combine these two strategies. Drunken magic, while cool, can be very dangerous. 3. Don’t start conversations with, “A/S/L?” 4. Don’t bring your mom. Like, don’t even let her wait in the car. But if you do, take my advice and remember to roll the windows down. 5. You know how you usually feel like sobbing during social gatherings because you feel so unmistakably alone? How you are inescapably struck by the futility of meaningful...

Yea, We’re Doctors. But None of Us Are Immune to Drug Abuse

A few years ago, one of my classmates passed away, and suddenly, my news feed was flooded with mourning. People spoke of what a great person they were and their lovable personality. They reflected on their times playing sports together and the great memories they made at college parties. They spoke of how – at a young age – this person had a bright future that they unfortunately do not get to see. What people didn’t speak of is that this person, though having recently gone to rehab, died of a heroin overdose. Upon hearing this, I was flooded with questions. What if someone had done more to help them? What if they had made a more conscious decision to fight their addiction? Why did their abuse of drugs start? Why did their rehab not work? Why did their life have to end at such a young age? What if there was something I could have done when we were classmates to prevent their life from ending up this way? Alas, these questions have no easy answers and in retrospect have no use for my classmate. Recently, many of them came racing back to my mind upon hearing of the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. After more than two decades sobriety with a relapse and rehab last spring, he was found dead with a hypodermic needle in...

Hospitals Are Running Low on Saline; Here’s Why

Hospitals across the country are bowing under the weight of a particularly bad flu season. This week, several news outlets reported a spreading shortage of saline – the lifeblood of most medical centers – across the US. Saline is a fluid comprised of salt and water, that is given to patients intravenously to assist with rehydration. Saline is typically cheap and hospitals are flush with bags of it, so patients are commonly given it prophylactically – or just because “it won’t hurt.”  With a shortage on hand, many hospitals have dialed back their extraneous saline use in hopes of conserving their supplies for patients who truly need it. With it being both influenza and norovirus season, chances are most patients that land in the hospital in the coming weeks are going to be wont for IV fluids. The FDA, well aware of the problem, insists that it hasn’t reached levels to truly impact patient care, but that they are making plans to bump up manufacturing, and bring in supplies from overseas if necessary. If hospitals are running out of the solution, doctors and nurses would certainly not be comfortable with dwindling supplies; when a patient can’t take fluids orally, either due to illness or surgery, saline is essential to preventing complications from dehydration, such as dangerously low blood pressure.  In the very young and the elderly, these complications can...

Yes, The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel Has a Superbowl Halftime Ad. And It’s Awesome!

During halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII, we are happy to announce the launch of our new sister-site for med students, The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel (www.thealmostdoctorschannel.com). Pre-meds, Interns and Residents, you’re welcome too. Interested in writing for us? Check out the “Almost” Scholarships tab on our home page in order to submit an article for the chance of winning special prizes, including the chance to have your own recurring...

Truth from a Tragedy: Finding Myself in the Wake of the Purdue Shooting

A few minutes past the hour. Class ends at 12:30. A free afternoon. Hopes of catching up on the two weeks of school work that had already piled up around me. Only two weeks into a new semester. Already feeling overwhelmed. Remind me why I’m here again. Try to focus. Just a little while longer. The door opens. Heads turn. A school administrator. “Everyone. Please listen for a second. There has been a shooting on campus. We are being told to shelter in place.” Silence. What do they mean “a shooting?” The who, what, when, where, and why of it all races through my head in an instant. Where is my girlfriend? My sister? My cousins? Not more than a second passes. A classmate breaks the silence. “What?” “In the Electrical Engineering building. That’s all we know right now.” The room is quiet, save for the sound of cell phones being pulled from pockets and bags. Loved ones contacted. Twitter, Facebook, the university website all pulled up, all poured over. What is going on? What do we know? The next few minutes are a blur, passing by as if they hardly happened. Details emerge one by one, tensions eases little by little. Anger and disbelief fill the void, as do more questions. How many were hurt? How many are dead? Who was hurt? Who did it? How badly are...

Page 153 of 182‹ First...10...152153154...160...Last ›