Tips for High School Students Who Want to be a Doctor
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Tips for High School Students Who Want to be a Doctor

Do you think you might want to go to medical school in the future? Are you wondering what you can do now to prepare and enhance your chances of gaining admission? It’s never too early to start thinking about your career goals and planning on how to achieve them. When …

Teaching residents to teach will improve medical education
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Teaching residents to teach will improve medical education

Medical residents take on a variety of responsibilities. Some are clear, upfront, and obvious: the responsibilities they have been training for since entering medical school. Coming up with a treatment plan and carrying it out is first and foremost their raison d’etre, and they put an enormous amount of effort …

12 Medical Words You Always Mispronounce
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12 Medical Words You Always Mispronounce

Tinnitus EMMA KAPOTES/RD.COM, ISTOCK Say: “TIN-it-us.” That’s how doctors say it, but they’re used to hearing “ti-nite-us” too. If you have the condition, here are effective tinnitus remedies. Ophthalmologist EMMA KAPOTES/RD.COM, ISTOCK Say: “off-thull-MAH-luh-just.” Your eye doctor will want you to take a closer look at all the letters: There’s an H after …

Medical School Depression: Are There Specific Causes and Patterns Among Students?
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Medical School Depression: Are There Specific Causes and Patterns Among Students?

Recent study published in the journal of BMC Medical Education gives an insight into the patterns and causes of medical school depression. Depression is a mental illness that causes persistent low mood, and lack of interest and pleasure in daily life. Individuals with depression have feelings of worthlessness and disrupted concentration, sleep …

The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School
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The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School

Hospital cafeteria food. Malignancy or benign-ness. Patient population seen in the third and fourth years. A medical school interview provides a fusillade of data points to consider, and an applicant can feel overwhelmed. But what criteria actually matter in the long run? Doctors can debate this question endlessly, but here, …

Should Medical Students Bring Laptops to Lectures?
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Should Medical Students Bring Laptops to Lectures?

You can file this under, “Old man yells at cloud,” but here goes. Twice a year now for over a decade, I’ve been lecturing the senior medical students in a therapeutics and pharmacology course. It’s an elective, but it’s very popular — most of the class takes it. Not surprisingly, my topic …

How To Know If Surgery Is Right For You?
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How To Know If Surgery Is Right For You?

Reflect on your clinical experiences and how you felt while caring for patients. Do you: Appreciate working as a member of a team? Enjoy watching your patients improve daily after major injuries or surgical procedures? Embrace responsibility and the opportunity to make a positive impact? Excel at problem solving and …

How to inspire medical students to pursue primary care
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How to inspire medical students to pursue primary care

I distinctly remember the excitement I felt during my first year of medical school when exposed to the breadth of general and specialty fields that seemed all so equally rewarding and medically influential.  I envisioned myself holistically understanding my patient, seeing the problem in the context of her other medical …

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16 THINGS YOU’LL ONLY UNDERSTAND IF YOU’RE A MEDICAL STUDENT

1) Getting hungry during Anatomy sessions. Casually discussing lunch options over an open cadaver or comparing a human lung to a melon is a common part of anatomy dissection. 2) Practicing OSCE’s on each other over and over and over and over ‘Hi, My name is _____ and I’m a …