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Lifelong lessons from a medical student’s first rotation
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Lifelong lessons from a medical student’s first rotation

“How long have you been doing this?” he asked, eyes gleaming with admiration. I was unsure whether he was asking how long I had been conducting patient interviews or how long I had been a medical student. I decided on the latter. “2 years,” I replied with a confident smile …

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What Can Nurses Do That Doctors Can’t?
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What Can Nurses Do That Doctors Can’t?

Patients are increasingly turning to nurse practitioners instead of physicians for a number of reasons. For one thing, they may be more accessible since physicians’ offices are sometimes overcrowded and an appointment is hard to come by. It can also help lower the cost of medical treatments since nurses don’t …

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The Medical Student Who Had A Genuine Human Profile
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The Medical Student Who Had A Genuine Human Profile

“I lift things up and put them down.” This quote is from a commercial for Planet Fitness I have seen in the past. It portrays a bulky body builder on a tour of the gym premises. There is no real communication with the tour guide since he keeps saying that …

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What Is Your Dominant Learning Style And How To Improve It
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What Is Your Dominant Learning Style And How To Improve It

There are three main types of learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Most people learn best through a combination of the three types of learning styles, but everybody is different. The common characteristics of each learning style listed below can help you understand how you learn and what methods of …

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Should Med Students Help in an Emergency?
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Should Med Students Help in an Emergency?

Let’s say you are on an airplane flying to your vacation. Suddenly, you hear “are there any doctors aboard this airplane?” As a medical student, you are faced with a conundrum: Do you speak up or simply remain silent? There are only two options, and no matter what you do, …

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5 Soft Skills Every Medical Student Needs
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5 Soft Skills Every Medical Student Needs

As any practicing physician can attest, adequate medical care extends beyond pure medical knowledge to extensive interpersonal skills and well-calibrated self-awareness. While many medical and premedical students emphasize their fitness for medicine by highlighting their superior performances in academic realms, “softer” skills—like the ability to collaborate with colleagues and to …

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Hypertension Treatment & Care
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Hypertension Treatment & Care

Treating high blood pressure can take a multi-pronged approach including diet changes, medication, and exercise. Learn about hypertension treatment options here. Hypertension TreatmentTreatment for hypertension comes in many forms, from lifestyle changes to medication. Learn more from this overview about how to lower blood pressure. High Blood Pressure DrugsYour doctor …

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Everything You Should Know About Penile Fractures
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Everything You Should Know About Penile Fractures

Overview A penile fracture is a tear in the tunica albuginea. The tunica albuginea is the rubbery sheath of tissue below the skin that allows the penis to increase in width and length to produce a firm erection. Sometimes the erectile tissue beneath the tunica albuginea also ruptures. That’s known …

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A Case Of Abdominal Pain In The ER. And A Surprising Cause.
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A Case Of Abdominal Pain In The ER. And A Surprising Cause.

(Triage note: 45-year-old male, vomiting for two days. Abdominal pain.) Dr. Stephen Cluff is like Yoda. Judging by body hair, he’s more like Chewbacca. But he’s short, wise, and with his white hair and arthritic limp, he may as well have green skin, poor sentence structure, and a Muppet’s voice. …

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