Free interactive Littmann Stethoscope app for medical students

728x90-Littmann-bannerLike so many tools of the trade, your stethoscope is really easy to use but takes practice to master.

Auscultation (listening to internal sounds made by the body) has been medical practice for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, but the science advanced rapidly with the invention of the stethoscope in the early nineteenth century.

Now Littmann, pioneers in stethoscope design and use for over 50 years, have launched a unique, interactive learning experience that will benefit a new generation of medical students.

Free 3M Littmann Learning App

For a limited period, this new experience, the 3M Littmann Learning App, is entirely free when you buy any new Littmann stethoscope from us.

If you already own a stethoscope, a basic version of the app can be downloaded for free onto Android or Apple devices and the premium version unlocked for $50.

3M Littmann Learning App for healthcare professionals

Learning to distinguish between the variety of different sounds made by the heart and lungs demands skill and practice.

The new Littmann Learning App allows you to hear cardiac and pulmonary sounds and to test yourself by answering multiple-choice questions. Some of these tests are in a practical examination style, complete with genuine patient histories and sounds.

The app will benefit both medical students and others setting out on their medical career, and more experienced professionals keen to update their knowledge.

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How to claim your free 3M Littmann Learning App

When you buy any  Littmann stethoscope from us, you will also receive a voucher code that can be used to unlock the app.

It’s really easy to to use the voucher code. Just download the free version of the 3M Littmann Learning App from either the Google Play store (Android) or the Apple App Store. Then apply your voucher code to convert the app from basic to premium.

The voucher code is only available when you purchase a Littmann stethoscope through an authorized 3M Littmann distributor and only during the promotional period.

 

Your checklist for securing stellar letters of recommendation

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What’s the most stressful part of applying to medical school? You may be surprised that many medical students say it wasn’t securing the MCAT scores or nailing an outstanding transcript—what really made them sweat was getting those precious letters of recommendation.

Why did getting a professor to write a letter of recommendation become, at least for some, a crazy nightmare of missed deadlines and sleepless nights? Because the students didn’t plan ahead. As a result, they risked their application being rejected as incomplete.

You’re already one step closer to your letters of recommendation

By taking the time to read through this checklist, you’re already getting ahead of many other medical school applicants.

This checklist is based on feedback from students, professors and medical schools. While we can’t guarantee that following these steps will secure you a place in the medical school of your choice, you’ll be helping give yourself the best possible chance of achieving that ambition.

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But as a medical professional, you probably deal with Christmas accidents much more serious than these common blunders remotely compares to the sort of Christmas accidents that the good folks at the ER have to witness every year. If you’ve worked in the ER during the holidays, then you’ll no doubt have a tale or two of your own to tell.

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So, it’s time to debunk the top nurse myths and give praise to hard-working nurses everywhere! Continue reading

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Medical practice is hard work; the hours can get long and there are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind. In fact, in a system as important as medicine, you need to be absolutely sure that you’re providing the best possible service to your patients. Inconvenient design or limited features can make your work hard, while on the flip side, a few small tweaks and updates can significantly improve your work along with your patients’ experience.

So if you’ve been struggling with dated equipment, maybe it’s time to upgrade. You’ll be surprised to find out how much medical technology has come along in just the past few years. Here are a few equipment features which could make your patients’ visits more fruitful, and even help you do your job better. Continue reading

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In fact, they might even wonder, “Is there something mystical about doctors which makes them superhuman and immune to most illness? Surely, since they’re constantly in contact with bacteria, viruses, and god knows what else, they’re somehow shielded against getting sick, right?”

As you know, the reality is that healthcare professionals deal with the same problems as everyone else. All those years of medical experience have simply given you the upperhand — you might just be better prepared than your patients when infectious diseases come your way.

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Patients can hide all sorts of information to come across as more acceptable to their doctors. After all, hospitals have a social dynamics just like offices, homes, or other everyday social places. Shame, regret, and pride are powerful impulses which can make even the most forthright person misrepresent information that they’re giving their doctors. Continue reading

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Of all the tools and equipment a doctor uses, the stethoscope may be one of the only tools that is common to all physicians and specialties. Anyone that has sat in a doctor’s office or has been seen by a nurse knows about this seemingly simple diagnostic tool. It’s one of the most common, and yet, one of the most powerful daily tools we use in our field.

But how did it come into existence? The modern Littmann stethoscope many of us use is the result of a decades-long journey of invention and entrepreneurial spirit by Dr. Littmann, Rene Laennec, and many medical professionals in between. So in light of our Black Friday Sale, we thought we’d delve into the interesting history of the invention of the modern stethoscope. Continue reading