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Pearls of Wisdom For Step 1

Pearls of Wisdom For Step 1

Medical school is rough. It’s exhausting, and draining, and requires your all. I still remember looking at my lectures during my first week of school wondering how anybody ever made it past this beast. I’m currently halfway through my second year and I still sometimes feel like this, but within the past year and a half I have undergone so much academic, mental, and personal growth in handling the challenges of medical school. While the vast majority of it is a huge learning curve that I think is very necessary, there are definitely some tips and tricks to keep in mind while beginning–and at any point along your medical school journey…

Hot topics to Know About When Dealing With Teenage Patients

Hot topics to Know About When Dealing With Teenage Patients

Before we start talking about abortion laws, let me tell you a story.
I was on a night shift in the department of OBGYN, and a patient comes in at 2 AM. She is in obvious pain and complaints of unbearable pelvic pressure. You can see that she is clearly in the early months of her pregnancy and you worry that she’s going to have a miscarriage. On examination, you see that it is a case of premature labor.

Anatomy of the Quintessential Medical Student

Anatomy of the Quintessential Medical Student

Before we start talking about abortion laws, let me tell you a story.
I was on a night shift in the department of OBGYN, and a patient comes in at 2 AM. She is in obvious pain and complaints of unbearable pelvic pressure. You can see that she is clearly in the early months of her pregnancy and you worry that she’s going to have a miscarriage. On examination, you see that it is a case of premature labor.

Abortion

Abortion

Before we start talking about abortion laws, let me tell you a story.
I was on a night shift in the department of OBGYN, and a patient comes in at 2 AM. She is in obvious pain and complaints of unbearable pelvic pressure. You can see that she is clearly in the early months of her pregnancy and you worry that she’s going to have a miscarriage. On examination, you see that it is a case of premature labor.

Medical School For Introverts

Medical School For Introverts

It’s no secret that patients and senior doctors alike see the quintessential junior doctor as some chatty, gregarious extrovert that bounces around the wards with a constantly smiling, friendly face. Well, I also put on a similar face every time I pull back a curtain to meet my newest patient. I read the room, I read the patient, and I always have a pleasant conversation with the patient about their health, no matter what context I’m meeting them in. I’ve never had issues with connecting with patients – I’ve even had patients thank me for telling them about their cancer diagnosis. And yet, I would probably fulfil zero of most people’s typical criteria for being an extrovert.

Tips to Deal with Test Taking Anxiety

Tips to Deal with Test Taking Anxiety

Make sure you eat, sleep, and exercise right. There are different healthy diets and exercise routines people follow. I generally recommend sleeping on a schedule, finding a nutritious diet that works for you, and creating an exercise regime.

For me, exercising in the morning was a game-changer during my USMLE Step 1 dedicated period. Though naturally I am not a morning person, I became one during that time. I woke up at 5:30AM to either go to gym Bar or…

Tips on Maintaining Focus during Study

Tips on Maintaining Focus during Study

As hard as it is to get started, it’s much harder to stay focused. No matter what age, degree, educational level, we all face challenges to get ourselves to sit down and stay seated. This past year has come with an even bigger challenge; remote learning. Separating your home life from your study life has never been harder.  However, it doesn’t have to be that big of an issue. With the correct techniques and a few tips, you’ll be sitting down without much effort and full-on enjoying your study session.

Why Family Medicine is Right for You

Why Family Medicine is Right for You

When starting medical school, most people have an idea of what specialty they want to choose. For most people, what they think they want to do ends up being completely different from what they actually do. The best parts of being in clinical years are exploring different specialties and narrowing down what you might like to be doing in the next few years.

I started medical school convinced I wanted to work in primary care. I was waiting for the change in heart to come as I completed my rotations, but surprisingly it never did. Family Medicine has a broad career scope, so if you are somebody that enjoyed all your rotations and couldn’t pick a favorite, this might be the field for you!

Saving Public Ryan: The Pros of Private Healthcare

Saving Public Ryan: The Pros of Private Healthcare

It’s more than a little intimidating to even try and approach the question of what type of healthcare system is “better.” Besides for being immensely complicated on a policy level, questiitons about healthcare touch on basic moral and ethical questions that are understandably very controversial. For example, is there a right to healthcare? And if there is, how can we even think about a system that doesn’t provide healthcare to every possible individual? It’s also not so simple to define “better”–there are tradeoffs associated with anything as massive and complicated as modern healthcare.