What If Your Anatomy Textbook Included These Dissections

Anatomy is definitely not a dull subject. Sure, many people think dissecting a cadaver is vile, but pre-meds and med students know it’s actually a very special opportunity to learn about the human body and develop a respect for its amazing complexity. So as horrifying as it may seem, studying anatomy and performing dissections is not something many people experience so don’t take your studies for granted! I do admit that sometimes, no matter how interesting the subject, studying it, over and over and over again, can be frustrating and off putting. So take break from your textbooks and check out this amazing artwork by Jason Freeny and see how creative and fun anatomy can be!     Permission to use these images was provided by Jason Freeny. Check out some of his other works by clicking...

Obama’s Interview with Zach Galifianakis Will Make You Cringe, Laugh, and Even Think, Maybe

If you’ve never seen some of these “Between Two Ferns” Interviews, you’ll definitely want to save some for future study breaks. Zach Galifianakis’s masterfully awkward interviewing skills meet their match in President Barack Obama as the interview stumbles over turkey pardons, Dennis Rodman’s diplomatic license, and same-sex divorce. They even get to discuss the Affordable Care Act: “Have you heard about the Affordable Care Act?” asks President Obama. “Yeah I heard about that,” Galifianakis responds. “That’s the thing that doesn’t work. Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website?” Share and Comment on what you thought of the...

The 9 Types of Pages You Get in the Middle of the Night

So you’re working nights. Life just isn’t on your side it seems. As you sneak off to the on-call room for some shut-eye you feel the dreaded vibration on your waste band. “Why do pagers even exist anymore? I literally have full service on my cell,” you ponder. The persistent vibration snaps you back to reality. It’s the nurse. Odds are, here is what you’re getting from the other end of the line....

These 6 Words from a Pancreatic Cancer Patient Have Set off a Firestorm in the Breast Cancer Community

This awareness campaign video by Pancreatic Cancer Action has stirred considerable controversy over some of the taglines mentioned in the video and on print ads. One print ad in the series uses a quote from 24-year-old pancreatic cancer patient Kerry Harvey—”I wish I had breast cancer”—as its headline and mentions that the survival rate is only 3%, the lowest among the 22 common cancers. The video also notes that pancreatic cancer receives less than 1% of cancer research funding. So, what do you think? Did Pancreatic Cancer Action Step too far? Or was this a necessary call to action and awareness? Tell us your thoughts in the comments...

The Closest Thing We Have to a Real Life C-3P0: Doctor Robonaut

  A new post in IEEE Spectrum discusses the recent development of NASA’s Robonaut, a humanoid robot that may be tasked to perform medical procedures, including surgery, at the International Space Station and possibly en route to Mars. This research is all very preliminary, so it’ll be quite a while before Robonaut is asking any astronauts to please state the nature of their medical emergency. But as we start to rely more and more on robotic systems in space (as well as on Earth), having access to a capable generalist platform that can, if necessary, become an effective doctor on demand, will (let’s hope) enable us to head out into the solar system with more confidence....

Top 6 Ways to Stay Awake in Med School/Residency

As AlmostDocs, you know how precious sleep can be. Whether you’re studying for exams/boards or on another long shift during residency, a lack of sleep is gonna drive your efficiency and performance down the drain. Fortunately, we’ve found some remedies to get you focused.   6. Grab a quick bite, but choose wisely. A recent study in the journal Neuron showed that protein stimulates orexin cells in the brain, which send electrical impulses that keep us alert and wakeful. By comparison, eating a carbohydrate-rich snack boosts your blood sugar and then lowers it just as fast, which can induce that drowsy, can’t-keep-your-eyes open feeling. Quick, work-friendly high-protein bites include a hard-boiled egg, a cup of Greek yogurt, or a handful of pumpkin seeds.   5. Use the power of Smells Use your sense of smell. A pungent scent — good or bad — can make you more alert very quickly. Aromatherapists often recommend essential oils of the following plants to stimulate the nervous system and reduce fatigue. Take a big whiff of the following when you’re feeling drowsy: – Rosemary. – Eucalyptus blue gum. – Peppermint. – Coffee. Beans or brewed, both work: a study has shown that simply smelling coffee can awaken a person. – Of course, not all of us have essential oils stored in our file cabinets. Using hand lotions or burning candles with these same scents could help. Herbs like...

Nerdtastic Scholarship Winner: 5 Things I Learned About Being an ER Doc from Nintendo

1. Duck Hunt taught me not to shoot the messenger It’s OK to admit it…we all did it too. At one time or another, when nobody was looking, we all tried to shoot the dog in Duck Hunt. Regardless if he was jumping behind the bushes or laughing at us when we missed, we all took a few shots to put that pooch in his place! If you stick around medicine long enough, it is inevitable that specimens will get lost, machines will error and blood will hemolyze. Yes it will be frustrating, but don’t take it out on the person who is relaying the news. Not only will it make you an unlikeable doctor, but there is a good chance that the person giving you the result is not responsible for it. Even if they are, everybody makes mistakes; give them a break. At least they didn’t try to take out their anger by shooting a digital dog! 2. Super Mario Brothers 3 taught me to be humble The coolest part about Super Mario Brothers 3 was all the different costumes that he got to wear. If you needed to fly, you could become Raccoon Mario. Swim? Frog Mario. Ice? Tanooki Mario. Before Apple had “…an app for that,” Mario had a suit for it! Although you could get past most levels as just plain Mario, it was...

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