5 Precise Techniques to Become the Most Effective Learner Ever

If you’re like me, you probably study by going through your notes or powerpoints, perhaps rewriting your notes, but basically making sure that you can regurgitate the information that you are given. You may take practice tests and do well, but then get to the actual test and not do as well as you hoped. You blame it on the questions being of a different caliber than those on the practice test and so you didn’t prepare for that style of questions. You tell yourself that you’ll just study with more brute force next time. You’ll go through the lectures more times, you’ll write out your notes again, and you’ll hopefully do better. But then that doesn’t always happen. What we know about the world is exponentially growing, and it is difficult impossible to keep up. Looking at the sheer volume that we must learn as students can be overwhelming and discouraging. It makes us question whether we are cut out for this path. We live a stressful life of lectures, study groups, and examinations. And yet, there is one area that we tend to overlook that is essential for our success – how to effectively study. The American Medical Student Association recently held a webinar on how to be an effective learner in medical school featuring Jay Phelan from UCLA who helped develop PrepU, a website that creates...

Believe It or Not, Modern Tech Hurts Us in Global Crises

Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, reminds us that low-tech solutions, and imaginative innovation are sometimes better than modern, electricity-dependent technologies in times of crisis.   Filmed at FutureMed, in February, 2012, at Singularity...

The Love Competition

On your mark, get set, LOVE. This short documentary explores the 1st Annual Love Competition that took place at the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurological Imaging. Scientists asked 7 participants to “love” as hard as they could for 5 minutes while measuring brain activity via fMRI. The participants ranged in age, love experiences, and general “hipster-ness.” The researchers looked closely at the brain activity with special focus on the Nucleus Accumbens, an area which has been shown to be an epicenter for various neural pathways signaling love. While the skeptic science student in me questions such bold claims of quantifiable love based off of barely understood neural pathways (I mean, no control group…really?), the normal human in me can’t help but go “awww, how cute.” Some questions that lingered on after watching the documentary included: 1. Could brain activity be supplemented with other physiological variables to give a more accurate reading of love experiences? 2. Could brain plasticity at a young age affect love’s neurobiological activity? 3. Can Hipsters really even fall in love? 4. Where can I sign up for next year’s??? Watch the full video on vimeo. Click here to read more about The Love Competition. Featured image from Lola Mag – John...

7 Subtly Romantic (and Medical) Ways to Say “I Love You”

There’s a lot of cheesy chemistry and biology pick up lines and ways to say I love you. A couple of my favorites are “I wish I were DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes” and “You’re the sodium to my chloride.” But what about more complex areas of science? In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s some ways to say you care on a physiological level.   1. You make me have premature ventricular contractions. In premature ventricular contraction, the ventricles contract before they maximally fill with blood making circulation inefficient. So basically, it’s a way of saying “You make my heart skip a beat.”   2. I get tachycardia when I’m around you. Tachycardia is a fast heart rate, above 100 bpm. Therefore, you’re saying, “You make my heart race.” This comes from the brain signaling to the adrenal gland to secrete hormones such as adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine that cause the heart to beat faster and stronger.   3. You raise my oxytocin levels.   Oxytocin is a hormone that is associated with love. Its levels have been shown to increase when we hug or kiss someone, even when we are simply around someone whom we love. It may have a role in orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors, giving it the name the “bonding hormone.”   4. You increase blood flow to...

The “Other” Kind of Doctor

I don’t want people to think being a PhD candidate is this awful experience, so let me start with some positives. The environment that I work in promotes creativity, imagination, self direction, and cutting edge research. However, it also has its drawbacks, and as most PhD’s do, I will dwell on the negatives and share them with you. It is always an entertaining process trying to explain what I do to family/friends/acquaintances. Here is an example: them: so, you’re going to be a doctor eh? me: well, yeah, but not the one you’re thinking, I’m doing a PhD. them: huh? Oh, that’s not like a doctor doctor? me: no, I do research them: On what? me: It’s a bit complicated and boring, its just biology stuff them: what kind of stuff? it sounds pretty cool… me: [big sigh]…well, I am looking at a nuclear recept…. them: …………[BSoC]…….. This is the Blank Stare of Confusion. I notice it immediately, so to remedy this I just tell them that I take care of mice. Usually ends the conversation right there. PhD training is a quite different exercise than training to become a medical doctor. There really is no structure or set timetable. In fact, you don’t even have to show up all the time. The project is driven and shaped by the results…Ah yes the R word, merely a rumour to...

A Doctor’s Guide to 13 Awesome Gifts For Him On Valentine’s Day

As medical students, we live and breathe science and medicine. So when it comes to gift giving, what better way to show that special medical savvy person in your life how much you care than by appealing to their nerdy passion? To help you be anatomically correct and raise oxytocin levels to the max, here’s some gift ideas to get you started.   1. Anatomical heart screen-printed tie, Etsy, $30 2. Nerd XY cologne, Eau de Nerd, $31.41 3. Medical Caduceus Cufflinks, Etsy, $40 4. Anatomical Heart Coffee Mug, Etsy, $25 5. Oxytocin Coffee Mug, Etsy, $25 6. Plush Heart, I Heart Guts, $20   7. Plush Heart Cell, Giant Microbes, $12.95 8. Unisex Valentine’s Day Oxytocin T-Shirt, Etsy, $9.99 9. Cardiology III Stethoscope in Red, 3M Littmann, $153.61 Even if they already have a stethoscope, they can carry this red one around the hospital and think of you each time they use it. 10. Blood of Grapes wine, your local liquor store   11. Educated Guess wine, your local liquor store   12. Anatomical Heart Wine Glass, Etsy, $12 You can drink your Blood of Grapes or Educated Guess wine in this anatomical heart wine glass!   13. Erlenmeyer flask, Amazon, $8.13 If you insist on giving flowers, add some nerd to it by using an Erlenmeyer flask as a vase. As you can see in the photo of roses I...

Aunt Hilda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch Discusses OAB

Caroline Rhea, comedian/activist, and Elizabeth R. Mueller, MD, discuss the latest treatments for overactive bladder including oral medications and sacral nerve stimulation. They urge physicians to consider botulinum toxin, which has been shown in studies to treat overactive bladder for up to 6 months, and can be administered as a single shot in the...

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