Medical student commits suicide after failing one exam 11 times in 5 years
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Medical student commits suicide after failing one exam 11 times in 5 years

Several of Mehedi Hasan Faruk’s classmates said he was frustrated due to being unable to pass the final professional exam for the past five years. A student from the 17th batch of Comilla Medical College committed suicide on April 4. This is the fourth time in four months that a …

SIGECAPS, SSRIs, and Silence — Life as a Depressed Med Student
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SIGECAPS, SSRIs, and Silence — Life as a Depressed Med Student

SIGECAPS is the mnemonic we medical students memorize to learn the core symptoms of depression: sleep, interest, guilt, energy, concentration, appetite, psychomotor retardation, and suicidality. The practice questions we spend hours answering in preparation for Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam twist patient vignettes in tricky ways to …

Segregation in the medical school classroom
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Segregation in the medical school classroom

“Are you a left-sider or a right-sider?” my classmate asked with a puzzled look during an end-of-the-year dinner among first-year medical students. I was confused. He repeated himself then answered. “Do you sit on the left or the right side in class … that’s right; you sit on the right.” …

5 easy steps to become a better medical student
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5 easy steps to become a better medical student

I recently had quite a long conversation with a college senior that was just accepted into medical school for this coming fall. As a rising fourth year medical student myself, I would like to think that I have navigated the waters of academia and figured out both efficient paths to success and …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …