Ridiculous Things Pre-Meds Say

Getting a medical school acceptance is one of the most exciting moments in a Pre-Med’s life. We found that this joy might alter the state of mind of some students, in turn causing them to post some pretty ridiculous things on internet blogs. After reading through The Student Doctor Network thread “Class of 2017”, we found a few of these gems to share with you. Pre-Med #1 Haha! I actually created a formula to determine the price of dinner: If you win (your guess <= my score) then I will buy you a dinner according to the brackets below: Guess: 1-20 then (score/10) ie. You guess 15 then I will buy you a dinner that costs at least than 1.5$ Guess: 21-27 then (score/8) Guess: 28 – 29 then (score/5) Guess: 30-38 then (score/2) Guess 39+ then (score/1) This is to limit the amount of people who guess low numbers to insure free food and to reward someone who takes in insane guess by guessing >39 which is almost statistically impossible. If I win you owe me a dinner according to the following formula (Your Guess – My Score) x 2 I.e. if you guess 35 and I score a 28 then you owe me a 14$ dinner. Well even if I don’t do well I am planning to make sure everyone else does equally bad. (not you guys but the...

My Thoughts on Fluoride

We live in one of the freak towns that doesn’t have fluoride in the water. My kids have both already had cavities, so I want to make sure to follow our pediatrician/dentist recommendation to get them fluoride pills, but it hasn’t been so easy. So we don’t have to wait in line at the pharmacy every month, we had been getting our pills from Express Scripts, but we changed insurance, so now we can only use Walgreens online pharmacy. This has proved to be quite the challenge. Walgreens would not allow me to add the kids to my pharmacy account until I placed an order with physical pharmacy, so I did this first. The local pharmacy would not fill the medication because they covered only drops but not pills unless they got “extra info” from our pediatrician. After a week, this was not received. Our giant peds practice did not know somehow that this info was being requested. Finally, we just paid $11 each out of pocket for the month’s worth of pills. I was still unable to add the kids online to the pharmacy and had to call to do it. I then asked the pediatrician to call in the pills to Walgreens online. They assumed that was the same as Express Scripts and called it in there. I assure you, they are not the same. I called...

Learn How to Workout Like Tom Brady

Are you starting to think that your fitness goals are out of reach? You’ve read so many articles and tried all the tips, but you can’t achieve your goals. It’s rough, especially if you are competitive … so much effort with so little success. But maybe there is a more simple way to achieving peak fitness and performance: Tom Brady, the football quarterback for the New England Patriots, wants to share his 5 step winning fitness routine with you. These five simple steps are guaranteed to improve your fitness and performance. Nothing complicated, no additional expense – just focus and commitment. Nothing else! That’s all you need to achieve your goals. Learn how to workout like Tom Brady. Hiw success comes down to to five simple steps, and they’re all about lifestyle. It’s about dedication to your goal every day. No days off. But once you buy into Tom’s fitness routine you won’t want days off because this is really a way of life rather than a routine. This is how Tom Brady does it: 1. Muscle pliability training 2. Go vegan! Plant protein is best 3. Rehydrate … drink water, water and more water 4. Get 9 hours sleep every night 5. Play sport and work out daily If you also want to improve your fitness, turn it into a game! Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston...

Your Microbial Self: What Does Your Gut Tell You?

When most people think of bacteria within your body, what comes to their mind are these nasty unfriendly creatures that cause certain diseases and make them sick. However, that is true only to a certain extent and does not apply to all species of bacteria. Research has actually determined that there are trillions of beneficial bacteria inside our body that help us in performing life-sustaining functions at all times. These good bacteria indeed make up our internal ecosystem that we call the ‘microbiome’. The microbiome inhabits everything from our skin and genitals, to our mouths and eyes, and a vast majority of them reside in our intestines and are known as our ‘gut microbiota’. The total number of genes represented by our microbiome likely exceeds the number of our human genes by at least two orders of magnitude! Appropriately so, we are but an amalgamation of our human selves and our ‘microbial selves’. These diverse organisms in our microbiome govern nearly every function in the human body. Traditionally, it was thought that the gut microbiota effects are limited to the host’s digestive tract but more recent research has proven that the effects of the microbiome on our health are far-reaching, hence making it vital for our survival. You can think of the microbiome as an intricate web that connects to virtually all processes in our body. The current scientific...

Five Careers For Health Degree Graduates

One of the main problems that students often tend to face after they complete their degree and/or certification is the big question of, “Where do I go from here?”. Must health degree graduates go to medical school or are there alternatives? It might have once felt like getting a health degree meant building the foundation of your career but now that you’ve done it, you start to understand how lost you truly are. Don’t be discouraged, there’s a lot that you can do with your health degree which most people are not necessarily aware of. Opening the doors to great opportunities One thing is for sure, your health degree can never go to waste. Here are a few ways you can make sure to enhance your health career: #1: Health Coach Health coach is allows you to have a one-on-one setting with your clients and lay out a plan to promote a healthier lifestyle. This plan is often related to their current health requirements and as their health counselor, your main responsibilities will majorly be: – Educate and promote health maintenance – Guide lifestyle changes such as diet, smoking cessation, mental health management, etc. – Counsel the client on health management – Develop health seminars These are only a few responsibilities place on you. Remember, before opting for this field, research the type of certification you want since health...

5 Destinations for Your Medical Internship Abroad

As a medical student nearing the final year, there is a bucket list of things to do to complete the program. And one of the most important requirement is a medical internship abroad or at home. Are you interested in serving poor people who rarely receives medical treatment? Are you willing to work in an unfamiliar environment? Are you willing to work in a medical facility with substandard condition? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you are cut out for medical internships abroad. This is a brilliant way of sharing your gift of cure to people who don’t have access to reliable healthcare services. Make sure you do it for the right reasons. Internship in a foreign country is extremely rewarding. It will be a great opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives and it will also completely change your world forever. Hera are 5 destination spots where your medical expertise will be put to good use. India India is one of the most dazzling countries in the world with many forms of development in the past few years. Social issues like poverty, illiteracy, poor sanitation and healthcare facilities have to be addressed in order to provide a better life to the people. With a population of about 1.3 billion the drawbacks outweigh its gains making it one of the poorest countries in...

Why I Didn’t Do Pathology

In a lot of ways, I would have been a good match for pathology. I’m a huge nerd, for starters. I’m lazy, so I’m sure I would have enjoyed sitting in one place, looking at slides. Plus you don’t have to do an intern year. You don’t have to do an intern year! I mean, why isn’t everyone a pathologist? Here’s why I didn’t do pathology: 1) I am very prone to eyestrain and looking in a microscope was possibly the best way for me to do it. If I were a pathologist, I’d be walking around with a headache 100% of the time. 2) I didn’t enjoy my histology OR my general pathology courses. So… yeah. Pathology was taught badly, but histology was just hella boring. 3) I think it would freak me out having to be so detail-oriented. You miss one cell and that could mean your whole career. 4) It seems like pathologists are people who need to know everything about everything, which is a lot of pressure. Although this wasn’t the reason I didn’t do pathology, but I’ve heard the job market in path is dire right now. But the biggest reason is that if I had done path, I’d probably have gone blind from looking at all those slides. Originally on Dr. Fizzy’s...