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Charm Patients

Posted by medliorator on May 30, 2007

A guide to charm proves immensely relevant to your own patient interactions.

1. Improve your posture. Good posture will give the impression of self confidence (even if you don’t feel that way on the inside)

2. Relax the muscles in your face to the point where you have a natural, pleasant expression permanently engraved there.

3. Make a connection. When your eyes come in contact with another person’s, nod and smile subtly with a subdued joy shining forth.

4. Remember people’s names when you meet them for the first time.

9. Issue compliments generously, especially to raise others’ self esteem.

10. Be gracious in accepting compliments. Be effusive in accepting the compliment. Go beyond a mere “thank you” and enjoin this with “I’m really glad you like it” or “It is so incredibly kind of you to have noticed.”

11. Control your tone of voice. you look nice today” it should be in the exact same tone that you would use to say “it’s a nice day.”

Hot to Be Charming [wikiHow]

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Online Medical Dictionary

Posted by medliorator on May 30, 2007

Faster than Google for definitions…

On-line Medical Dictionary

1. Lousy in Firefox. Be sure you can open Firefox tabs with the IE engine
2. Pressing “Enter” will not execute a search. You must click “Search OMD”

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Forum Filter: Making Money in Med School

Posted by medliorator on May 29, 2007

Dr. Inviz – I am currently applying to medical school. I was looking at a variety of options to make money while in medical school.

whopper – Hate to tell you this but you’re probably going to be so overworked that you won’t have time to manage money.

jefguth – Borrow at 0% using 0%, no fee, balance transfer credit card offers and deposit proceeds in a 5%+ savings account.…nce-transfers/

logos – Cash back credit card. Pay it off every month or the benefits won’t outweigh the cost. Mine is 5% on gas, grocery and pharmacy. 1% on everything else.
Online savings account. These pay higher interest rates. Convenient for us students that recieve a loan disbursement for an entire quarter/semester and then use it up slowly over that time. (HSBC, Citi, etc…)

Jocomama – I worked as a bouncer/doorman in Chicago clubs my first summer, and even my 2nd summer after Boards I (Psych Rotation).

Desperado Concentrate on medical school. You will have plenty of time to make money when you get out. Your single best investment will be in your own earning power. Other options include moonlighting (I did H&Ps for $20/hour at a local outpatient surgical center as an MSIV) sperm donation (I have a friend who was always rounding up volunteers in the class), volunteering for medical studies, egg donation (not worth the risk IMHO), working as a clerk in the ED or one of the wards (sometimes time to study on the job) etc. For the most part, just suck up the loans, you’ll get them paid back eventually.

oreosandsake – I flipped used cars my first year and a half off of craigslist.

Richie Truxillo – I sell my old stuff on Ebay for profit, do freelance programming work and make websites on the side. There are ways to make money, you just have to find ways that require minimal time investment since the lion’s share of it will be spent studying. Free time gets a little bit better in 3rd and 4th year though, so don’t worry too much.

From Student Doctor Network forums

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Reduce Stress

Posted by medliorator on May 26, 2007

4. Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.

5. Make duplicates of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden and carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart from your key ring.

13. Always set up contingency plans, “just in case.” (“If for some reason either of us is delayed, here’s what we’ll do…” kind of thing. Or, “If we get split up in the shopping center, here’s where we’ll meet.”)

17. Say “No!” Saying “no” to extra projects, social activities, and invitations you know you don’t have the time or energy for takes practice, self-respect, and a belief that everyone, everyday, needs quiet time to relax and be alone.

19. Turn “needs” into preferences. Our basic physical needs translate into food, water, and keeping warm. Everything else is a preference. Don’t get attached to preferences.

23. Wear earplugs. If you need to find quiet at home, pop in some earplugs.

24. Get enough sleep. If necessary, use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed.

28. Try the following yoga technique whenever you feel the need to relax. Inhale deeply through your nose to the count of eight. Then, with lips puckered, exhale very slowly through your mouth to the count of 16, or for as long as you can. Concentrate on the long sighing sound and feel the tension dissolve. Repeat 10 times.

45. Do one thing at a time. When you are with someone, be with that person and with no one or nothing else. When you are busy with a project, concentrate on doing that project and forget about everything else you have to do.

47. If an especially unpleasant task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with, then the rest of your day will be free of anxiety.

52 Proven Stress Reducers [Texas Woman’s University]

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Collaborative Composition Tool

Posted by medliorator on May 25, 2007

Do you produce documents with others? WriteWith is a powerful online tool for collaborative composition. See its potential first-hand with this video tutorial.

Start using WriteWith.

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Firefox Tricks

Posted by medliorator on May 18, 2007

Keyboard shortcuts:
* Spacebar (page down)
* Shift-Spacebar (page up)
* Ctrl+F (find)
* Alt-N (find next)
* Ctrl+D (bookmark page)
* Ctrl+T (new tab)
* Ctrl+K (go to search box)
* Ctrl+L (go to address bar)
* Ctrl+= (increase text size)
* Ctrl+- (decrease text size)
* Ctrl-W (close tab)
* F5 (reload)
* Alt-Home (go to home page)
* Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
* Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
* Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

Mouse shortcuts:
* Middle click on link (opens in new tab)
* Shift-scroll down (previous page)
* Shift-scroll up (next page)
* Ctrl-scroll up (decrease text size)
* Ctrl-scroll down (increase text size)
* Middle click on a tab (closes tab)

15 Coolest Firefox tricks Ever [Lifehack]

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Automate timed mouse clicks

Posted by medliorator on May 17, 2007

This lightweight application could prove useful during registration or assignment submission

Windows only: ClickWhen lets you set up an automated mouse click to run on a window after a user-defined period of time.

Automate timed mouse clicks with ClickWhen [Lifehacker]

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Save Money

Posted by wupz on May 14, 2007

Scholarships Around the US has listed practical and creative ways to save money as a student. There advice is categorized into money management, alcohol, food, computers, entertainment, living, shopping, transportation, keeping in touch, personal, exercise, and making extra money. Here are worthwhile excerpts:

  • Extra checks become wasted paper/dollars.
  • Borrow books. allows you to compare book prices from major online book stores. If you are buying new, check for an “international” edition. The book will be almost exactly the same only cheaper.
  • The corner coffeehouse will ravage your pocket. Brew your own.
  • Oatmeal is fast, filling, and affordable. Yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, bagels, & peanut butter are all affordable, convenient, and healthier than late night fast food.
  • Kick the bottled water habit and drink for free. Get a filter if you want better taste.
  • If you’re on a date, prepare a simple, candlelit dinner and stay in.
  • You save hundreds buying a desktop over a laptop. If you must, consider a refurbished notebook
  • Try shopping for printer cartridges online, compare prices, and find free shipping. Better yet, print with the school’s ink at the computer lab.
  • Don’t spend a lot on décor and accessories. There are plenty of resources for creative decorating that won’t put you in the poor house.
  • If winters are cold and heat bills are high you can insulate your windows with plastic.
  • Don’t grocery shop hungry
  • Check prices for Amtrak or Greyhound versus air travel. Both companies offer student discounts.
  • Carpool home for the holidays.
  • Donating blood plasma can net an extra couple hundred dollars a month.

118 Ways to Save Money in College [Scholarships Around the US]


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News: Patching Heart Holes without Surgery

Posted by wupz on May 10, 2007

Method for patching ventricular defects may help postpone or obviate surgery.

The patch successfully closed ventricular septal defects (VSDs)–or ruptures in the wall between the right and left ventricles–in nearly all patients, allowing blood to circulate normally again and relieving fluid back-up in the lungs. After recovery, patients were able to return to active lives.


Before implantation, the flexible double-disc patch is pulled into a catheter, collapsing and compressing it lengthwise. It is then threaded through a vein into the right ventricle and across the rupture into the left ventricle. The patch is pushed partially out of its catheter sheath until the first disc pops open. The catheter is then withdrawn back into the right ventricle, with the first disc positioned against the left ventricular wall and the connecting shaft filling the hole created by the rupture. From inside the right ventricle, the patch is pushed forward again, releasing the second disc, which covers the rupture on the right side of the heart.

Novel Catheter Technique Successfully Patches Holes In The Heart [ScienceDaily]

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Handwriting: better penmanship = better doctor

Posted by medliorator on May 9, 2007

In the medical field, bad handwriting results in errors. Student Doctor Network outlines some motivating reasons to improve your handwriting.

confusion over drugs with similar spellings and similar sounds accounted for 15 percent of all errors reported to the United States Pharmacopeia Medication Errors Reporting Program from 1996 to 2001.


From 1993 to 1998, a total of 52 deaths resulting from drug name errors were reported.

Although we at Medliorate encourage the use of electronic prescribing tools whenever possible, the complete digitization of care-giving is far enough away to warrant a serious assessment of your penmanship. We’ve listed various tips for improving your handwriting below.

To improve your handwriting, it is helpful to analyze your penmanship to determine what you like and don’t like about your lettering style. Are your letters slanted too far in one direction? Are some of your letters noticeably larger or smaller than others? Is the spacing between words uneven? Compare your handwriting to the writing of your friends, family, and coworkers to see how you measure up. Knowing what areas need improvement will make the process to improve your handwriting much easier.

From wiseGEEK


Realize that practicing and perfecting will be an ongoing process. To truly improve your handwriting, you must work on it enough that the improvements become natural behavior.


Begin with individual letters and practice writing at least one letter per day, incorporating the improvements that will help you reach your goal.


Utilize downtime during boring meetings, seminars, lectures, doctor’s office visits and so on to practice your handwriting. This will be far more useful in the long run than your usual doodles.

From eHow

Stop using a biro. Ball pens allow you to jot down notes quickly, but they don’t improve Your handwriting. Buy a filler. Don’t buy the first one you see, invest some time in searching a filler that you are really content with. It does not have to be very expensive, but it is okay when you let it cost you something.

From WikiHow

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