U.S. medical students who are soon graduating and have successfully matched into residency programs are anticipating new challenges, including the recently reinstated 24-hour shift. It is imperative that first-year residents learn how to cope with these long hours as effectively as possible. Here are five suggestions on how to manage this challenge!
Becoming a doctor requires more than countless hours on the wards, an endless amount of standardized exams and years spent in training. For the most part, this involves a huge number of positives: lifelong friendships with classmates and colleagues and memorable interactions with patients. Unfortunately, for some medical students, verbal and physical harassment by peers and superiors is part of this process too.
Imagine the scenario. You're a medical resident logging between 80 and 100 hours per week. You tackle additional commitments at night, including answering emails, working on required research projects, studying, and, oh yeah, raising a child. For Lacey Vence, a resident at the University of Louisville and mother of one, her hours spent at the hospital go hand-in-hand with the challenges of being a mother. Like many residents, Lacey matched far from home, away from her support system. To fulfill her residency duties, she moved three hours away, raising her two-year-old by herself during the week, with weekend visits from her husband, who works full-time in West Virginia. Here are some valuable tips on balancing the rigors of the medical profession with raising a family - from a mother’s perspective.
Do you feel completely confident walking into your USMLE™ Step 2 exam? Don’t worry - you’re not alone. Test anxiety for medical students is very common, and although the jitters can be a boost for your motivation to study, high levels of stress can interfere with your test performance. Looking for some tips to make sure you are really ready to go on the big day? Tim Dang, a 4th year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, provides us with some tips on how to best prepare for the Step 2 exam.
This Valentine’s Day, you may treat a few broken-hearted patients. As a medical student, you may know that a broken heart is an actual medical condition called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, with around 7,000 diagnosed cases per year in the United States. One notable case occurred last year, when Debbie Reynolds passed away just one day after the death of her daughter, actress, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia - Star Wars). While Reynold’s cause of death was determined to be a stroke, her condition was induced by extreme stress (the loss of her daughter), which led to a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping function.
Balancing your medical career with raising a family is no easy task. Ryan Kelsch, who will soon begin his diagnostic radiology residency at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak (Michigan) and is a USMLE and Comlex tutor for Med School Tutors, shares with us the joys and challenges of being a parent during medical school. Here is some practical advice on balancing parental responsibilities with med school.
Blood donations often drop at the beginning of the year due to the holidays, hectic travel schedules, bad weather and sickness. That’s why January is National Blood Donor Month – to encourage giving blood and boosting the seasonal short supply. To help understand why medical students often avoid this simple, yet lifesaving act, we took some inspiration from Marie Nguyen, a medical student at Griffith University (Australia). Marie coordinates her university’s student society blood donation campaign and helps run the Vampire Cup - an annual blood donation competition between medical schools in Australia. Here are three reasons why you, as a medical student, might want to consider donating this month.
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.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a medical student ‘on rotations?’ As you probably already guessed, no two days are alike. All future physicians are busy, but let’s take a snapshot from Dr. Niklas Buscher, who completed his Nephrology rotation at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.