These Students Know the Power of a Compliment

Stony Brook Compliments, a Stony Brook University club dedicated to spontaneous acts of kindness, surprised a night-shift worker at their local Dunkin’ Donuts with thanks and applause. It’s pretty inspiring what a couple of minutes out of these students’ lives can mean to someone, and how easy it is to do good in the world. Watch the video below for the whole...

Geneticists Astounded by Royal Baby’s Shocking Resemblance to Queen

LONDON, UK – British geneticists marveled this week over the first of several leaked photos showing rare initial glimpses of Prince George of Cambridge, the newest potential heir to the throne of Great Britain. Medical scientists are baffled by his full set of adult teeth and his striking resemblance to his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Questions about the oddities of the royal gene pool have persisted throughout Western history, but this latest twist in the chromosomes has doctors everywhere scratching their heads. Although some skeptics have questioned the validity of the pictures, arguing that they look digitally altered, we have no reason to doubt their authenticity. The DME will continue to keep you informed as further information and photos are released. —————————– DISCLAIMER: All stories, quotations, medical reports, studies, and news entries are fictitious and fabricated for the purpose of satire.  Any relationship to actual events present or historical should be considered coincidental. The DME uses invented names for people, businesses, and institutions in its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is...

7 Ways to Survive a Pimpin’

The term “pimping” was first used in 1628 by a London doctor named Harvey. “They know nothing of Natural Philosophy, these pinheads,” he wrote. “Drunkards, sloths, their bellies filled with Mead and Ale. O, that I might see them pimped!” Though certain aspects of this particularly caustic statement may in fact  hold true to this day, the term may not stir many fond memories among those in the medical community. Pimping occurs when an attending asks a series of extremely difficult questions, in rapid-fire succession, to an intern or medical student. It is an age-old tradition, perhaps as old as medicine itself, yet the experience still overwhelms even the most courageous of interns. Here are 7 tips to make a pimping a little less painful. 7. Practice The pressure of answering extremely difficult medical questions in front of peers (and oftentimes patients) will get to anyone. The key to dealing with this is practice. So grab a book and a friend, flip to that section of your case, and have them drill you like there’s no tomorrow. 6. The Bathroom Refresher Excuse yourself from surgery, blaming that troublesome overactive bladder of yours. Bring your book or phone. Cram. Sidle back in armed to the teeth with answers. 5. If you don’t know the answer, don’t try and make it up. Offer to look it up and discuss it the next time you have rounds. Show...

The Best* Free Medical Ebooks

*Amazon has wonderful (and, um, not so wonderful) free books for Kindle. Lately I’ve been perusing their offerings for topics in medicine. While the books are hilariously outdated, they provide some very valuable insight into the evolution of thought on medicine– and provide some great pointers on keeping your body well. 1. The Ladies Book of Useful Information compiled from many sources Have you ever “forgotten how to woman?” Than this book might be for you! With chapters on Personal Beauty, Marriage, Sexual Intercourse, and — of course — Childbirth, this book will assist you on your journey to womanhood. This text warns that if a young girl is not properly (and primly) informed of her impending menses, she might well die of consumption! “… when she observes a flow of blood escaping from a part, the delicacy attached to the locality makes her reticent with regard to inquiry or exposure; she naturally becomes alarmed, and most likely attempts to stanch the flow by bathing or applying cold water to the part, thus doing incalculable mischief.”  After you’ve completed the chapter regarding menstruation, I suggest you skip ahead to Chapter 5, entitled: “Sexual Intercourse — Its laws and conditions — Its use and abuse,” wherein the author assures young women that they “can perfectly restrain the sensual part of their natures whenever they have a strong motive to do so.”     2....

Watch This Google Glass Demonstration On Beginning a Patient Exam

Do you find yourself questioning how to best begin a patient examination? Or how about wondering what the perfect exam looks like from the doctor’s point of view? Stanford physician Abraham Verghese answers both of these questions in this short, but interesting video. Here’s the secret: it’s all in the hands. Verghese created Stanford Medicine 25, an initiative comprising workshops and videos that teach the 25 most essential techniques for examining and evaluating a patient. Although he is probably the first accused Luddite to do so, Verghese is not the first doctor to use Google Glass for medical...

The Camp Gyno

Check out this hilarious video about “The Camp Gyno.” It isn’t easy for this little girl to provide gynecology care for her entire camp, but she apparently has the “red badge of courage.” Advertising done right? Courtesy of account...

The 10 Best Med School Raps Out There

Anyone can recite the 12 cranial nerves with rhythmic ease, but how many can really spit game? These med school rappers show you why it’s a “hard doc life.”   10. Cuz that coat is so fresh and so white   9. And there’s never a room in sight   8. Cuz M1 at “Ball so Hard” University is never endin’   7. And these are the only papers you’ll be gettin’   6. Cuz you just aced 1st year … and you still got 99 problems   5. Like only being able to afford shopping at thrift shops…   4. Cuz you’re a mother f@#%ing DOCTAH!!!!   3. And gunners ain’t really monsters   2. Cuz you’re gonna be a Doc, Doc, Doc, Doc, Doc…   1. And urinary incontinence is now an epidemic Featured image is a screenshot from video...