The Big Reveal…

After weeks of anticipation, my results have arrived! When I logged on to 23andme.com today, I was greeted with this message: Which kind of made me feel like this: And with that, I began. At first, it’s overwhelming. There’s literally a page of results, hundreds to sift through, and it’s hard to know where to begin. Do I want to dive in to the nitty-gritty and see if I have the BRCA1 gene or do I want to look at my traits and judge whether or not my genes were able to properly recreate me in a petri dish somewhere? I opted to start with the traits. With somewhat eerie accuracy, the results included “an increased prevalence of having a prominent ring of pigmentation around the iris”– which is a physical trait I am most known for and, to be honest, wasn’t expecting 23andme to pick up on. Of course, eye color is pretty much the focus of every high school biology Punnet Square, so I shouldn’t have been that surprised. I have to admit, at first, I felt a little odd. Did 23andme really know me?  So, I pressed forward, taking everything with a grain of salt, of course. When reviewing results like this, it’s important to keep in mind that only a portion of your genetic make-up can be analyzed in this manner; science has come a...

House of God Author, Sam Shem, Produces Play on Alcoholics Anonymous

Samuel Shem, author of The House of God, delves into his motivations and inspirations for writing the internationally acclaimed play, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. The play tells the story of the extraordinary beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous and its co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who developed the organization out of a surprising revelation. The revenues and donations from the play will go to a national tour of medical and college campuses to address the epidemic of binge drinking. The show is currently playing at The Soho Playhouse in New York City. For tickets go...

A Periodic Table Tells You Who Knocks and Who Opens the Door

As one of the best shows in television history, Breaking Bad has a remarkable amount of elements that make the show so electric and thrilling. Finally, we have a periodic table to put them all in order, thanks to this brilliant infographic. Some key elements: 1. Skyler White’s coin points to her indecisiveness and constant moral conflicts 2. Marie’s obsession with the color purple is duly noted 3. Hector Salamanca’s bell 4. A coffee mug for Gale’s “superior coffee” 5. Anyone remember what the chili pepper is for? (answer on bottom)   Infographic from Visual.ly | Beutler Chili powder was used in Jesse’s original meth (Chili P, yo!)...

The 11 Types of Physicians. Which Are You?

  Do any of these cartoons seem familiar? Or are there more than 11...

Watch These 12 Amazing Documentaries On Netflix Instant And Abandon All Hope Of Productivity

It’s almost Thanksgiving and all productivity is coming to a crawl. Hopefully you’ve completed your work before the holiday celebrations and have some time to spend with the family and abandon all productivity. These amazing documentaries will be sure to help you kick back and do nothing. 1. Man on Wire I avoided Man on Wire for a few years – something about an Oscar-winning documentary on a French tightrope walker who crossed the Twin Towers sounded too much like smug, hollow Art (with a capital A). Well, my loss. Man on Wire is exceptionally well-done, and one of the most thrilling documentaries I’ve ever seen. And you know what? It’s pretty freaking beautiful too, self-conscious Artiness be damned. It also happens to be the 2nd best reviewed film in the history of Rotten Tomatoes (trailing only Toy Story 2, believe or not), boasting 151 positive reviews out of a total of…151 reviews. So if you don’t like it, you’re not just a jerk, you’re a statistically anomalous jerk.   2. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure In 1987, two post-grad roommates started recording the outlandishly vitriolic and dysfunctional arguments that occurred between their alcoholic, fifty-something neighbors (one clearly gay, the other seemingly an oppressive homophobe) – fights which routinely ended with one repeatedly taunting the other, “Shut up, little man!” This documentary about how those private fights...

Cersei Lannister and Sesame Street Team Up To Teach Medical Students a Valuable Lesson

If you watch Game of Thrones, this video is entirely bewildering. Cersei Lannister being nice? And patient? And also, she has brown hair? That’s some twilight zone s***. Either way, Cersei and her furry friend have teamed up in this ridiculous video to teach all med students the key to doing well in school and building a successful medical career.   Featured image is a screen shot from the video...

Your Future, Our Fight: #SaveGME

Is it worth it? If you’re a med student, at some point between daily reading, studying for the next test, preparing for Boards, or relearning the pertinent physical findings for a Shelf, you have asked yourself this question. Well, have I got an answer for you.  It turns out that there’s a chance that after four years of medical school, X number of “years of opportunity” before that, college, and whenever you first heard the calling, you might not even have a residency…So relax! Now before you faint, a little background.  Part of Medicare’s mission, as established in 1965, is to help fund Graduate Medical Education (GME) costs.  This support comes in two flavors: Direct GME and Indirect GME.  The Direct program uses $3.5 billion each year to pay residents, compensate physician teachers, etc.  The Indirect program pays $6 billion to hospitals to offset the higher costs associated with being a teaching institution.  That’s a grand total of roughly $9 billion every year.  Still with me? Along comes the (recent) present and, amidst a confluence of politics including a desire to not look like that classmate who’ll always “get you next time”, the Budget Control Act established automatic 2% cuts across the board for every government program.  Medicare, and by extension, GME, is one of these programs. In addition to this, President Obama’s 2014 budget plans to cut $11...

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