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Mind Your Manners

January 1, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]