I never thought I would be someone who listens to podcasts, but after having to spend hours staring at my screen doing questions and skimming PDFs and PowerPoints, sometimes my eyes needed a little bit of a break! In my search for podcasts to help me study for Step 1, 2CK and the OET, I have happened upon a few favorites that accompany me on long car rides, runs, and even when winding down in the evenings!
There is just simply not enough time in medical school to become proficient at absolutely everything. There is such a vast body of medical knowledge and research that we simply cannot remain up-to-date on every single little detail of every pathology or drug or novel treatment strategy, no matter how much time and effort we put into learning and memorizing absolutely every medical factoid we come across.
Books, TV series, and movies are our subconscious sources of information for things we generally don’t encounter in our day-to-day lives. Unsurprisingly, they are not always correct in their portrayal.
The following are some of the most widespread misconceptions and medical myths:
There are a few, if any, educational institutes that can compare with medical colleges when it comes to the academic pressure and stress that they entail. It would not be wrong to assume that every medical student has experienced being completely stressed out at one point or another during their medical school.
You did it.
YOU DID IT!
Scream, cry, pat yourself on the back and just congratulate yourself because after weeks or months of blood, sweat, and tears – you sat for your Step exam! That, in and of itself, is a HUGE achievement and you should be so proud! But now what?
If you’ve been here before, you know I have a penchant for all things analog.
Starting with my fourth grade pen pal and spilling over into everything else – my love for handwritten letters, taking notes with pen and paper and reading actual textbooks instead of eBooks – I remember being worried when I started medical school that this wouldn’t be something I was able to maintain.
Fit as a Doctor? An oxymoron surely. We all know that doctors, with their demanding lifestyles are possibly the people in the worst shape, yet they tell us to sort our diets out. Ironic, right?
“Don’t forget to take care of your mental health” is a phrase we are often told in today’s day and age. The once-taboo topic, mental health has now come out of its shadows and into the spotlight, but the question is HOW do you take care of mental health and how does something so simple seem so complex?
A wise woman once said, “There is no ideal time to have a baby. However, if you feel right now is the worst possible time, then you should probably wait.”
Every year feels like the worst time to plan for a baby in the whirlwind of a decade of medical school and residency. So when does one procreate in the medical profession? A lot of female physicians tend to wait until their residency is over to start planning for a baby – only to be met with one obstacle after another in the form of decreased fertility or increased health problems.