Gunner Scholarship Winner: How To Become a #AlmostDoc Twitter Superstar

Sonal Kumar is the official winner of an “Almost” Scholarship. As the recipient of the Gunner Scholarship, she has won a Moleskin Evernote Smart Notebook. Social media is indubitably shaping how medicine is practiced and health care is delivered. The digital landscape in general and social media sites in particular – namely Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter – influence the way we create, share and engage health and medical information with a virtual community.  Media-savvy physicians have used social media to create a positive digital footprint, share the latest research studies and engage with a diverse patient community online. As a medicine and media enthusiast, I actively use most social channels, but I have had unconquerable success using Twitter. Many others feel the same. It is for this reason that I would like to archive my thoughts on using Twitter. I hope that I can inspire you, #AlmostDoc, to appreciate the value of maintaining an online presence on this platform. There is no better time than now to start using Twitter, especially since it has attracted a constantly expanding group of health care professionals. In particular, there is a group dedicated to Twitter Doctors, a global hash tag devoted to health care social media, and tweet chats focused on health care leadership. I am a loyal tweeter and here are the six reasons why: 1. Social networking Twitter...

Check Yo’self Before NSAIDs Wreck Yo’Self

“The Ulcer Rap” is a PSA about the dangers of NSAIDS (aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc).  http://ZDoggMD.com |http://Facebook.com/ZDoggMD | http://Twitter.com/ZDoggMD Thanks to Samix for dropping the beat. Warning: May Contain Ghostriding The Whip. Mad props to Doctor Harry, Doctor Diego and Campers the Selectah. To learn more about the gastrointestinal side effects of NSAIDs (include bleeding, ulcers, and more), watch this video from the specialists on the...

13 Reasons Why Taking a Bath is the Best Study Break

Ah, stress. Don’t we almost docs know it too well…So what are the best ways to de-stress? Watching Breaking Bad? That show almost induces cardiac arrest every time I watch it. Cooking? Well yeah, seems nice until I burn down the kitchen. Gym? Please, I break a mental sweat all day, I don’t need that s***. Listed here is why the absolute best way to de-stress is as simple as walking into the room next door, bearing your all, and sitting (laying) your lazy butt in some soothing water. “I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar “I take baths all the time. I’ll put on some music and burn some incense and just sit in the tub and think, ‘Wow, life is great right now.’” – Brian Austin Green I am a man and there’s nothing I love more than the comfort and relaxation of a warm bath. I listen to Slayer, I know the dialogue of Arnold Schwarzenegger films by heart, and I would like nothing more than to eat a steak and potatoes dinner while watching the NFL playoffs. But I shamelessly spend upwards of an hour in the tub. So you can suck it, hegemonic gender norms. 1. Let’s get it right out in the open —...

Study Finds 98% of Toddlers Are Against Routine Immunization

VISTACREST, CO – It appears parents aren’t the only ones worried about the effects of aggressive vaccination schedules in Western medicine. A new study published this week in the Journal of Alternative Immunotherapy suggests that nearly 98% of children aged 2-3 are strongly opposed to the current practice of routine childhood vaccination. The study was elegant in both its scope and simplicity. Over 12,000 randomly selected children aged 24 to 36 months were allowed to see the standard injection device and then asked, “Do you want to get a shot?” An astounding 98% of respondents expressed preference against routine immunization. After watching a five minute educational video about the possible role of vaccination in public health, nearly all of those surveyed re-affirmed their initial position as opposed to vaccination. In a follow-up, post-immunization survey (“Would you like another shot?”), nearly 100% said that they would decline future immunizations. While the world of pediatric medicine grapples with the study’s implications, many children are crying out for a moratorium on further injections while the evidence is reviewed. For additional coverage of the ongoing controversy regarding childhood immunization, see “New Study Links Childhood Vaccinations to Bad Manners Later in Life.” As always, the DME remains your source for the latest in medical research and groundbreaking discoveries. —————————– DISCLAIMER: All stories, quotations, medical reports, studies, and news entries are fictitious and fabricated for...

I Would Suck at Being Poor and So Would You

I was thinking today how bad I would be at being poor. I’m great at being broke. I handle broke like a champion. But broke isn’t poor. Broke is temporary with better things as a possibility. Poor is generally permanent; at the very least it feels that way. Poor has no clear way out. You can’t just hang in there until things get better because probably they won’t. Being poor wouldn’t make me smarter or a better person than I am now. It would give me a different skill set, yes, but less formal education. So if I were poor, I’d most likely make all the same dumb mistakes I make now but there would be much higher stakes. Every bad choice would drive me deeper into a hole instead of merely keeping my retirement account from growing properly. I’d buy my kids toys when they opened their eyes all big and asked nicely, even when they don’t need them. Even if I knew the toys were junk and going to break soon. I’d pay extra for the backpack that will help make my son fit in at school instead of the practical one. I’d probably even get myself the occasional treat I didn’t need. And I would hate being poor. I wouldn’t be poor but happy. I’d be poor and miserable. I’d know there were better things out...

If You Aren’t Sure If They’re Flirting With You, They’re Flirting With You (Unless They Aren’t)

Yeah medical school is hard but do you know what’s even more difficult? Being able to tell if that girl or guy creepily staring at you is actually trying to flirt. You may have aced your last pathology exam but this lesson is one you won’t want to miss… Now I was downtown clubbin’, ladies night – seen shorty, she was crazy, right? And I approach baby like, “Ma, what’s your age and type?” She looked at me and said, “You’s a baby, right?” I told her, “I’m 18 and live a crazy life.” Okay, I admit it – those are the lyrics from Juelz Santana’s verse in Cam’ron’s “Hey Ma.” I was hoping to just paraphrase that song for the entirety of this article, but it turns out that Cam’ron lyrics are like Latin: they sound nice when someone else recites them, but reading and understanding them takes years of rigorous training. Here it goes: flirting is a complex endeavor in which you are constantly trying to figure out A) Whether or not the other person is indeed flirting with you and B) Whether or not they mean anything by it. In my experience, the relationship between flirtatious actions and actual intent follows a sort of bell curve. Below is a textbook-quality graph that I spent large portions of the Obama Administration attempting to create in Microsoft Word...

How Cartoons Helped This Student Pass Her Boards

Congratulations to all of our MS2 who recently took the dreaded USMLE 1 Exam!  Unfortunately, much of medical school is about memorization – but believe it or not, there is a science to memorization. I learned this from one of our students who describes her experience meeting a ‘memory champion’ and picked his brain for some memory tricks for Step 1, including cartoon images. As I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Comics in Medicine conference here in Chicago this weekend, it seemed fitting to let her describe her journey. The following was written by Gabrielle Schaefer… Right around the time I was beginning an epic five-week studying stint to prepare for STEP 1 of the Boards, Joshua Foer happened to be a guest on The Colbert Report (my go-to 20 minute study break). Joshua Foer is this ridiculously young and talented journalist who won the US Memory Championships (yes, this exists). If his name sounds familiar you may be thinking of Jonathan Foer, his equally talented older brother who is also a writer. Anyway, Joshua Foer was promoting his recently released book “Moonwalking with Einstein:  The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.” The book is about memory and his adventures in the world of memory competitions. Apparently there is a small group of people who get together each year and have memory competitions which consist of several memory “events” including faces of strangers, poetry, random words, numbers, binary...

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