Well done on getting a place at medical school! Your MCAT and GPA were good enough, your application was successful and now you’re about to start out on the exciting journey to becoming an MD.
Here are our top tips for getting the most from your very first day at medical school, setting you up for the busy weeks and years ahead.
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The holiday season, which we’ve all been looking forward to for weeks, is finally here. But with it inevitably follow a string of events that you wish never happened! From food fiascos to forgetting the names of relatives who always remember yours, the holidays definitely have their misgivings, which will give you something to laugh about for years to come.
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.
Whether you’re a medical professional, or still training to be one, we want to share with you our 5 favorite holiday accidents from around the world. All of these really sent the doctors in a doozy, so be ready if you have to deal with them this time around. Continue reading
Nurses carry a huge amount of responsibility on a daily basis in their profession. As highly skilled workers, they deserve a lot of respect for their knowledge, intelligence, and intensive training. But that’s not always the case, since nurses face many stereotyped misconceptions, which MTV’s stars from “Scrubbing In” don’t hesitate to discuss. If you’re an aspiring nurse, watch out as you may have to deal with these in your professional life.
So, it’s time to debunk the top nurse myths and give praise to hard-working nurses everywhere! Continue reading
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
Often, the most stoic character in any television show is the doctor — they’re resilient until the end, creative and helpful, constantly healing the sick, and in general just making everything right. In real life the image of the doctor is not that different, that is of course if you ask the patients
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.
Here are a few tips for staying healthy, which you might already be painfully aware of, but won’t hurt in the eve of the flu season. Continue reading
“If a patient says they’ve had 2 drinks, assume they mean 6.” This has long been a rule of thumb for most doctors. In fact, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, told his students in 400 BC that patients often dissemble how regularly they’ve been taking their medicine. Clearly, lying to doctors isn’t a new phenomenon.
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
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
All medical practices should have two primary goals in mind. One, provide top notch care and two, build lifelong relationships with your patients.
Of course some of the hardest patients to please are moms. If you want to make a mom a happy customer, you must make your medical office as kid-friendly as possible. You need to be welcoming to children and make being in your office as enjoyable as possible. To create lifelong loyal patients, you must first make them feel comfortable. So, follow these tips to help you create a welcoming environment for kids of all ages. Continue reading
Like most medical professionals, you’ve probably invested a lot in your medical equipment. Over the years you’ve discovered your favorite stethoscope, brand of scrubs, etc. Well, have you ever stopped to consider all the ways you can use all of this equipment outside of work?
It turns out there are some everyday medical tools which can come in handy when it comes to preparing the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. So break out your hypodermic needles, clean off your scalpel, and let’s get cooking. Continue reading
It’s true that human beings learn best from hand-on experience, but sadly this often involves a prolonged process of trial and error. Not to mention that in the medical field some mistakes have a very costly price attached to them. This is why it’s important to learn from other people’s experiences however you can. Nursing is no different. But fortunately, today there are quite a few avenues through which you can gain knowledge aside from learning in a hospital or university.
Some examples include nursing blogs where experts share their insights, and web-boards where experienced and novice nurses alike can discuss their strategies and issues. Of course there are also plenty of websites maintained by educational institutes, medical facilities, and health care practitioners where you can find a lot of useful information. Not to mention all the useful apps.
Nursing podcasts are also a great, albeit underutilized way to learn more about the latest goings on in the nursing industry. If you aren’t already, you should be subscribing to these 5 podcast channels today. Continue reading