Usually I hate advertisements, quickly clicking the close button without giving them the time of day. However, I actually found my new favorite iPhone app through an advertisement on Facebook.
I highly recommend anyone interested in healthcare to download the app “Figure 1”. It’s essentially a social network to share healthcare related images amongst healthcare professionals. You can even create an account on the Figure 1 website if you don’t want to add the app to your phone.
Be sure to check it out!
I’m always on the lookout for helpful videos, technology, books etc. and lately I’ve been spending some extra time on YouTube for physiology videos. A couple of channels that I have found to be extremely beneficial to medical students (or any medical professional) are from MEDCRAMVideos and iMedicalSchool. There are obviously a lot more out there that have plenty of helpful material, but these two have stood out to me over the past few weeks for their wide range of topics and simplified discussions of important medical conditions. I highly suggest any with medical interests check them out and they’ll be added to the Medical Resources page for future reference. Enjoy!
The following video provides an excellent explanation of how to approximate the QRS axis in order to quickly determine if a QRS axis deviation is present. This is part 2 of a series, so those unfamiliar with knowledge of EKG leads may need to begin with part 1. Just follow the video I’ve included and you should be able to find part 1 in the related videos. If you want to begin understanding how to interpret an EKG, this is a great place to start!
Everyone has doubts about their future!
There’s an email chain letter going around that I found interesting with a nice dose of humor. Basically, the email asks you to guess what the following image is:
A hint is that it was used by physicians!
The instrument in question is a tobacco smoke enema device used to well… blow smoke up people’s butts! It was thought that doing so could treat gastrointestinal discomfort and was even used in attempts to resuscitate victims of near drowning. Fortunately, people eventually realized that the nicotine actually poisoned patients. For more information, visit this link!
Today I heard some of the most insightful information throughout my time in medical school. This insight was told to my class by the dean of education in regards to selecting a specialty. Although we won’t be required to do so until the end of 3rd year, it was still a very encouraging concept. Obviously I am paraphrasing, but the general concept went as follows:
Don’t eliminate pursuing a certain specialty based on the idea that it won’t fit the type of lifestyle you want. You can modify your career to conform to whatever lifestyle you want to live. You can choose to work part-time, full-time, etc. No matter what, there will be times when your career as a physician interferes with your life outside of healthcare. The important thing is that you’re missing those outside moments of life to do something you love. If you miss out on things like family for a career you don’t have a passion for, you’re going to be miserable. Choose to pursue a specialty because you love it.
It seems that many physicians today have a propensity to focus their attention on the negative aspects of medicine. More often than not, people don’t like change, and medicine is a rapidly changing field. There will undoubtedly be both good and bad outcomes as a result of these changes. However, it is very encouraging as a medical student to hear someone discuss the ability to maintain a well-rounded lifestyle in medicine. Being a person who is family-focused in every choice that I make, this is especially meaningful to me. My wife and I have always known there will be times when I can’t be there for family events or activities. However, I also know that I want to be there as often as possible. If it came to choosing between my family and my career, it’d be my family every time. No questions asked. However, hearing an MD say that raising a family will not and should not restrict me from choosing a specialty I develop a passion for is extremely encouraging.
I officially completed neuroanatomy as of yesterday when I took the NBME Shelf Exam. What is NBME? The National Board of Medical Examiners is an organization that provides assessments of healthcare professionals. After each completed course in medical school, we take an NBME Shelf Exam that serves as a cumulative assessment of the material we should have learned. Unfortunately for any campus on block scheduling such as myself, most exams implement material from other courses as well (some of which we haven’t even taken yet!), but you just have to suffer through those questions and focus on what you know. But I digress…
Neuroanatomy was definitely a challenging course since I wasn’t familiar with most of the material. However, it was also one of my favorite courses thus far. The complexities of the nervous system are absolutely fascinating, and what’s even more amazing is how much is still unknown. The brain is a truly amazing machine. The course seemed to be the most clinically applicable of everything I’ve had thus far, which made me much more dedicated towards learning the material. Although there is so much more to learn, I can tell that my ability to actually diagnose various conditions is continually developing. Even prior to taking neuroanatomy I had considered neurology a field of interest, and I could still see it as a possibility in my future. That being said, Emergency Medicine always seems to be calling my name. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to explore that field until my fourth year of school. However, I intend to keep an open mind about all fields until I’ve had a chance to experience them. As for now, it’s on to physiology!