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Mind Your Manners

January 1, 2014

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As the only year in which I have been both a medical student and a doctor drew to a close, I reflected on my new career.  In little more than 6 months, my level of responsibility will expand again, and I will be approving the decisions of the incoming flock of freshly-minted physicians (the only […]

The Importance of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

March 29, 2013

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This guest post was written by Dr. Mark Swartz, M.D.  Please see the author bio below for more information. The Importance of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination “Do you smoke, drink coffee or consume alcohol? If you answered yes—how often?” As a patient, you may feel overwhelmed having to answer each question as […]

Medical Apps – Making Life Just That Little Bit Easier

January 27, 2013

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This guest post was written by Niqui Stubbs.  Niqui is a 4th year medical student from Leeds, who in her spare time enjoys writing about make-up and fashion at her blog “Confessions of an Addict” – you can also follow Niqui on Twitter (@NiquiB_). —    So, I’ve made it to 4th year. There were […]

Talking About Obesity

December 27, 2012

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During my family medicine rotation, I noticed the physicians I worked with focused more time on weight management than in any other outpatient clinic I had worked in.  Recently, while on a less demanding elective, I decided to conduct my own observational study.  How often, and with what prompting, do physicians address their patients’ weight? […]

The Dangers of Science Illiteracy

October 30, 2011

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October is health literacy month, and I would be remiss not to take a moment to give this issue the attention it deserves. In his book The Demon-Haunted World:  Science as a Candle in the Dark, astronomer Carl Sagan wrote: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone […]

Iron Man

August 12, 2011

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Bombs, concealed weapons, spare change at the beach – metal detectors were designed to help us find all sorts of things, but what if I told you they could also pick up on genetic diseases?  While not practical (or medicolegally acceptable), they may provide a clue to the diagnosis of a rare inherited disorder. The […]

Helmet Laws & Organ Donations: Should Those Who Ride Decide?

August 2, 2011

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This is a guest post by Patricia Walling.  Patricia is a web content designer for several healthcare-related sites.  She self-identifies as a perpetual student of medicine, and can be found most of the time researching anything related to the field. Motorcycles and organ donors Motorcycle helmet laws historically have been similar to a toggle-switch. In […]