Doctors That D.O.

Doctors That D.O.

Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.s) are one of the fastest-growing segments of healthcare professionals in the U.S. (Osteopathic Medical Profession Report, 2017). Is AMBOSS a suitable resource for D.O. students? We sat down with Sulaman Durrani, a D.O. medical student at Liberty University College Of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM), located in Lynchburg, Virginia. In this article, Sulaman explains why he chose to attend a D.O. school and which resources he uses to help him study more efficiently. 

Top 5 Reasons For Holiday ER Visits

Top 5 Reasons For Holiday ER Visits

So, you’ve just started your clinical rotations, with a major holiday coming up. Imagine this scenario: relaxation; peace and quiet; time with family and friends. While this all may sound magical, as a medical student, don’t get too comfortable just yet. Instead, prepare yourself for the ER. It’s no secret that the holiday season corresponds with increased hospital visits. Here are five reasons you may see an influx of patients this holiday season. 

From Volunteer to Physician

From Volunteer to Physician

As medical students, we realize that helping people is the right thing to do, and is often the very reason that piqued our interest to study medicine in the first place. While in med school, there are many important endeavors we take part in, from participating in cutting-edge research to drafting public health policy. It is therefore often difficult to find the time to pursue other high-yield passions. Giving our time and energy to those in need is one such passion. Meet two medical students that have dedicated their time and energy into the very reason they began their journey in medicine - to give back to those in need through charity and volunteer work. Here’s to some holiday cheer and altruism in medicine! 

Movember: More than a moustache

Movember: More than a moustache

Whether you are into a “chevron” (think Tom Selleck) or a “horseshoe” (picture Hulk Hogan), Movember is the chance to sport your favorite moustache, and for good reason. The month of November is an opportunity to raise testicular and prostate cancer awareness. While there are many factors why Movember is worthy of your attention, here are some important considerations for the improvement in the overall quality of men’s health.

Your Ultimate Step 2 CK Study Resource

Your Ultimate Step 2 CK Study Resource

After more than two years of preparation, 50+ dedicated physician editors, and one too many cups of coffee to count, we are proud to announce the launch of our full Step 2 CK package. Following the USMLE™ Content Outline, our Step 2 CK package offers a new and efficient way of studying, with an interlinked Qbank containing challenging questions, customized study sessions and platform features which enable you to feel right at home when it’s time to take the actual exam. 

Succeed on the Step II CK

Succeed on the Step II CK

The Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Exam tests whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical sciences. While the Step 2 CK is sometimes regarded as a less important exam than the Step 1, it is imperative to score well. While you need a strong Step I score for your Residency Match, having a solid Step 2 score will separate you from other residency applicants. Here are some important things to consider when preparing for your Step 2 CK Exam. 

These Haunted Hospitals Are Truly Creepy!

These Haunted Hospitals Are Truly Creepy!

With Halloween creeping up, this edition is dedicated to the haunted hospitals of the world. We’ve taken the liberty of showcasing some of the biggest, most sterile, labyrinthine structures we could find. From medical to mental hospitals, we’ll scare your socks off! Located all over the world, these hospitals are spooktacular. So, if ‘creepy’ is what you are looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 of the most horrifying hospitals to avoid at all costs, although some charge a cover to visit. 

From Provider To Patient

From Provider To Patient

For those of you starting your clinical journey and beginning to work more closely with patients, we want to take the opportunity to share a personal account from a healthcare provider’s perspective. During medical school, we oftentimes find ourselves pulling from the bottom - from best practice manuals to second-hand guidance and advice from both mentors and professors. However, we rarely get the opportunity to hear the perspective from a patient’s point-of-view; let alone, a ‘provider-turned-patient’ account. Amber Wright, a Cardiology Physician Assistant in New York City, switched from the role of treating patients to becoming one, after being diagnosed with Stage IIa breast cancer at the young age of 34. This is her story. 

Managing Med School Stress

Managing Med School Stress

As a first-year med student, are you periodically checking in with yourself on your level of stress? With the semester well underway, there is no better time than now! Amna Iftikhar, a MS2 at CUNY School of Medicine in New York, talks about ways in which she has managed stress during a very demanding period of her life. She also discusses the importance of involvement outside of medical school and reverting back to her core motivation as ways of destressing. 

Talking To Your Patients About Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Talking To Your Patients About Breast Cancer Diagnoses

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign dedicated to increasing the general sentience of the disease. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. With the prevalence of breast cancer so high, doctors will most likely have to deliver breast cancer prognoses with patients - some more frequently than others. Therefore, the importance of communicating empathetically and clearly when diagnosing patients with breast cancer is vital. Megan Childers, a Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University, who manages and cares for cancer patients, has provided some valuable tips on talking with patients about breast cancer diagnoses. 

#AnatomyOfAMedStudent

#AnatomyOfAMedStudent

You can get closer to AMBOSS than ever before by following us on Instagram, where we are dedicated to sprinkling medical humor and knowledge into your weekly routine. Our handle is AMBOSS_Med, which can be found here. You can also get involved! Our new campaign, #AnatomyOfAMedStudent, features medical students like you on the AMBOSS Instagram platform. The objective is to provide a space for medical students to voice their opinion on the many issues facing medical education. If you would like to participate, please contact Kristy at kristy@amboss.com

It’s A No-Brainer: Study For Your Neurology Shelf With AMBOSS

It’s A No-Brainer: Study For Your Neurology Shelf With AMBOSS

Don’t let Neurology test your last nerve. AMBOSS has launched a Qbank and study plan optimized for the Neurology Shelf Exam. Our Neurology Shelf Qbank adds more than 330 relevant questions to help you prepare for your next exams. With an emphasis on teaching important high-yield concepts in a concise, yet comprehensive manner, the AMBOSS Neurology Qbank marries clinical application with theoretical knowledge in our library of topics, such as cerebrovascular disorders, infectious diseases, sleep conditions, and many more! AMBOSS also contains thousands of interactive and dynamic images, tables, flowcharts, and other visual resources for every subject matter.

5 Tips For Choosing Your Medical Specialty

5 Tips For Choosing Your Medical Specialty

Choosing your medical specialty is a huge decision which requires diligent research and gut-wrenching personal reflection. Atypical to many other professions, changing medical fields as a physician requires additional years of training, adding to an already insurmountable amount of time spent during med school and residency. While it isn’t impossible, it’s just much easier to get it right the first time around! In this article, we interviewed Laura Henry, a third-year medical student at UPenn, who will discuss factors to consider when choosing a medical specialty. While this article is based on the American medical system, it is anticipated that it will be beneficial for everyone, regardless of location. 

Prep for the Medicine Shelf with AMBOSS

Prep for the Medicine Shelf with AMBOSS

Whether you are completing rotations or transitioning to the wards, you likely know just how difficult it can be to find dedicated study time while, at the same time, managing newfound patient care duties. To help you prepare for your next exam, AMBOSS is happy to announce the launch of our full Medicine Shelf package, to be released later this month, containing 800 case-based questions. Developed by a dedicated team of over 50 physicians with USMLE-based exam experience, our Medicine Shelf package will encompass all high-yield topics, including achalasia, acute coronary syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypothyroidism, infective endocarditis and so much more.  

AMBOSS On The Road

AMBOSS On The Road

Wow! This has been a busy month at AMBOSS. Our medical editors, physicians and communications team are headed all over the U.S., including stops in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Bay Area. What better time than now to introduce our talented AMBOSS crew. They are extremely excited to connect with medical students like you and share the AMBOSS story with others. Here we go!