If you’re like most medical students, you probably spend hours behind the computer every day, especially if your school has switched to a hybrid or fully virtual curriculum. And, if you’re like most medical students, you probably find yourself getting sidetracked by social media or other distractions more often than you’d like. After staring at your screen for hours of Zoom lectures, it’s hard to make yourself get through your daily Anki reviews, let alone make new cards for that day’s material.
If you’ve installed some of the top Anki add-ons for increasing productivity, you’re already in great shape, but it’s always good to be on the lookout for more ways to speed up the Anki process. For people using a MacBook Pro from 2016 or later, personalizing your laptop’s Touch Bar — the touchscreen-like interface at the top of your keyboard — to make it compatible with Anki is a great way to save time while also adding some personal flair to your studying.
I graduated from medical school and it seemed to me that I had been frozen in time. I moved back to my hometown after four years away to find my friends engaged and married, many had bought their own homes, almost everyone had been promoted, many had one, two, or even three children. And what did I have? A really, really expensive piece of paper and an even longer road ahead.
Then, the pandemic hit. Exams cancelled. Eligibility periods extended. Nothing was certain and everything was out of my hands and control, so I cried and struggled, everyone’s pasture seemed greener to me, while I sat at home with books and lectures still open, and that really expensive piece of paper? It mocked me from a high shelf. I sound bitter, don’t I? In those moments, I was. I was bitter, angry and annoyed and for a long time, it felt like I had nothing. Then I realized that it wasn’t my situation that was wrong, it was my perspective.
Can a career in OB/GYN be right for me? Am I ready to deliver babies or perform gynecological examinations every day?
Have you ever had any of these doubts? I’m pretty sure I know the answer. So, I’m more than happy to share with you the major pros and cons of pursuing OB/GYN as a career. Let’s begin!
As I’m approximately a quarter into my intern year, I find myself privileged to be surrounded by coworkers that have provided me a strong foundation to succeed here in the wards. Did you notice something in the previous sentence that may have seemed “off?” I said coworkers. I did not outright say coresidents. I want to make this a critical point that should be noted. While it is almost universally understood that having great coresidents to work with is important, it is even perhaps more vital to understand how everyone else is in their relation to patient care. Who’s everyone else? Nurses, pharmacists, administrators, social workers, custodial staff, transport services, nutrition, and the list goes on and on. As I have exchanged my suits and oxfords for scrubs and not-so-fashion-forward Crocs, I realized that I continue to utilize my administration know-how from my days before medical school .
The entire world is abuzz with one thing right now: vaccination. With great publicity comes great controversy and that is exactly what has happened to the corona vaccines. Therefore, I’ll be separating facts from fiction in order to give you guys a much clearer picture of this entire vaccination scenario. In order to do that, I will be listing all the major approved vaccines available these days and discussing their efficacy, mechanism of action, dosage schedule, country of origin, potential side effects and much more.
There are days where the mere act of turning on your laptop and flipping through First Aid just feels like way too much effort: It’s impossible to stay interested in the material, or have the focus to constantly study, and some days are just so much harder than other days to keep going. But sometimes we don’t have a choice, and we need to get through that huge to-do list. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up that ensure I will have a study session when I need to but don’t want to!
Envision this: you suddenly wake up from deep slumber and to your shock, you sense an evil presence nearby. You try to switch on your bedside lamp, but you realise you cannot move your limbs. As this horrific realization washes over you, you come to terms with the fact that you are completely paralyzed. Meanwhile, the ominous presence draws closer. You try not to panic. You focus on regaining your strength, and put all your energy into trying to lift just a finger. But alas, to no avail. Out of the corner of your eye, you can make out the demonic entity. The figure inches closer to you. You try to scream, but your mouth refuses to budge, and the next thing you know, you are out of breath. Your lungs struggle to smuggle air inside, but there is an intense pressure on your chest. You gasp and sputter as the evil figure stares into your eyes, standing a whisker’s length away from you.
Self-proclaimed nerd, speaking.
My favorite part about higher education is that the year is split into two semesters – that means two times a year that I get to go shopping for school supplies! Aside from the laptop and phone, I’m a huge proponent of writing everything down and I’m sure my list will reflect that! From the hallways of your medical school to the hospital corridors of your final clinical rotation, my list will be sure to have you prepared for the year to come!
With the stormy 2020 transitioning into an equally ominous 2021, life has been anything but easy for most of us. The past year not only brought some nightmares, but it also gave birth to an abundance of unforeseen challenges. Whilst there are many contenders, there is little debate surrounding the fact that the biggest of them was dealing with a devastating pandemic that sent its ripples throughout the planet.
It is no secret that the fight against the menacing COVID-19 (caused by the SARS-CoV-2) has been barely successful. As evident from turning the pages of history books, such pandemics are dealt a resounding blow only with the advent of a vaccine. Unfortunately, with so much controversy surrounding the virus, many people are having a hard time trusting the vaccination process. Let’s proceed to shed some light over the matter.