Top 5 TV Shows to Procrastinate With

  If your method of studying is anything like mine, the night before a big test you can usually be found marathon-watching Grey’s Anatomy or The Walking Dead. If this ISN’T how you typically prepare for your exams then I don’t even want to know you. Just kidding. Seriously though, there is an art to procrastination and it involves being able to blow through copious episodes of your favorite show and still manage to get good grades because you have achieved the ability to study simultaneously. With that in mind, here is a list of amazing shows that will challenge your carefully cultivated ability to study-watch and be productive because they’re so freaking amazing that your eyes will be glued to your screen instead of your anatomy atlas.   1. Sons of Anarchy I don’t even know what to say about this show except it’s a must watch. I didn’t think I would really get into it but the acting is amazing and the plot arcs are very well developed so before you know it the crazy escapades of a gun-running motorcycle gang in a small town in California have drawn you in and it’s 2 AM. The protagonist, Jax Teller, is portrayed perfectly by actor Charlie Hunnam and he really brings believability to his character’s moral quandaries and growth as a young father. The first five seasons are...

Time Flies When You’re in Med School

I remember the first day of medical school. It was August 1, 2010. My boyfriend and I had just arrived in the city two days prior, being met by 100+ degree weather, and the temperature this particular day was not any different. Despite wearing a thin blouse and some light slacks, carrying my cardigan as I traversed the intersection from my apartment, I was completely drenched in sweat by the time I arrived to campus. Great. And it’s only going to get hotter, I thought. As I sat in a classroom among scores of strange faces, many of which were already chatting in small groups and perhaps had even known each other from undergrad, I wondered about these individuals. Who would I befriend? Was I going to fit in here? What will they think of my non-traditional path to medicine (read: former slackery life)? I wondered about the real identities of the people I’d exchanged countless conversations with on SDN and discovered that the school admin actually followed the website, identifying me by my Internet alias 15 minutes into our first session. We had a string of introductory, house-keeping type talks from various faculty and administrators, and by the end of that first day, I felt good about all the people I had met and was happy with my decision to come to school here. Over the next two years, I...

How To Take The Perfect Nap

Sleep is an amazing thing, and something that most medical students don’t get enough of. Yes, sometimes pulling an all-nighter to study is necessary, but no matter how many hours you study, catching an ample amount of those precious Zzzs will allow you to recall information, think quickly and clearly, and subsequently, pass your exam. When you really don’t have time to get a full night’s sleep, a nap can make you feel refreshed both physically and mentally. Here are some great tips to make sure you optimize your nap time. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. Infographic and featured image from http://visual.ly/...

5 Must-Know Eye Conditions for any Opthalmology Exam

While most of the ABIM Examination topics fall neatly into organ system categories, not all of them fit into this schematic. These include: ophthalmology, primary care screening guidelines, vaccinations, etc. Here at Knowmedge, we’ve incorporated this important group of subject areas into General Internal Medicine, similar to the American College of Physicians’ Internal Medicine In-Training Exam Blueprint. Today, in this first of a series of blogs, we review the key eye diseases: Conjunctivitis, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, and Cataracts. The eyes may see only what the mind knows, but your mind should know these eye conditions for the ABIM exam. The exam is several months away so go ahead and bookmark this page so you can quickly review it once more in the days before you obtain your certification or recertification.   1. Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis is broken down into viral, bacterial, and allergic conjunctivitis Viral • Usually caused by adenovirus • Having a preceding upper respiratory infection or recent exposure to a person with conjunctivitis are clues to aid in the diagnosis • Acute onset • Usually unilateral redness • Watery discharge is present • Highly contagious • Frequent hand washing must be performed to prevent spread of infection • Supportive treatment including cold compresses and artificial tears. NO role for antibiotic eye drops with viral conjunctivitis   Bacterial • Common causing agents are Staph aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae,...

5 Medical Breakthroughs That Will Change The World by 2020

Salim Ismail, the founding executive director of Singularity University, gives you the top 5 medical breakthroughs that will revolutionize the healthcare sector by 2020. Read more about Salim Ismail. Filmed at FutureMed, in February 2013, at Singularity...

These Docs Dreamed of Saving the World, and They’re Doing Just That

Doctors across the United States can read up on vital health information with a quick Google search, but how do medical professionals in global underserved communities access this same material? WiRED International, a volunteer-driven non-profit, has been solving this problem since 1997 by building Medical Information Centers (MICs) for healthcare professionals and Community Health Information Centers (CHI Centers) for local community members. For information-starved doctors and nurses in regions stricken by war and poverty, the CHI Centers represent a chance to learn from previously unattainable medical information. On the other hand, MICs offer grassroot community involvement of birth attendants, students, peer educators, and traditional healers and teach them the health issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention in Kenya.  In order to verify that each of WiRED’s training modules are accurate and effective, WiRED pulls from a board and volunteer-base with extensive clinical and public-health backgrounds. By giving medical professionals the chance to learn more about the health needs of their region, WiRED aims to empower local doctors and nurses to take better care of their communities. The list of program countries reaches across the globe and Community Health Information Libraries can be found in countries ranging from Albania to Iraq to Sierra Leone. In 2009, WiRED’s founder, Dr. Gary Selnow, received the UC Berkeley Public Health Hero Award in which he talked about the program: WiRED’s latest program is a Severe Malnutrition Module produced in response to the alarming increase in malnutrition in Syria. Future programs for 2014...

A Final Thought as American Heart Month Comes to an End

As American Heart Month comes to an end there are a few things doctors and “almost” docs should think about when treating patients at risk of heart disease. The number one consequence of misdiagnosis is jeopardizing patient safety. Of course doctors do everything in their power to protect and better patients’ health; however, when women with heart disease are misdiagnosed, the consequences that doctors face are extremely important to understand. This infographic provides great information about the consequences of misdiagnosis and and ways to prevent that from happening. Protect the patient and protect...

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