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Mental Health & Medical School

Posted by medliorator on October 15, 2008

By Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli, AMNews correspondent. Oct. 20, 2008.

A study in the Sept. 2 Annals of Internal Medicine found that 50% of approximately 2,200 medical students surveyed at seven medical schools reported burnout, while 11% said they considered suicide in the past year.

An estimated 400 physicians commit suicide each year.

“It has been known for some time that suicide rates among doctors are higher than the general population. The gap in suicide rates evidently begins as early as medical school,” said Eva Schernhammer, MD, DrPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston

“Medical students have typically been extremely successful throughout their prior academic and professional experiences, and it can be difficult for them to ask for help when they struggle,” Dr. Shanafelt said. “They may be reluctant to access these [counseling services] because of confidentiality concerns.”

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Forum Filter: Simple Strategy for Anatomy

Posted by medliorator on October 15, 2008


I always thought of things in two ways when learning about anatomy. They are basically opposites of one another, but I think it’s really important to be able to do both.

1. If I see something, I want to be able to identify it – i.e. know the name, understand the general function, etc. (Turn pictures into words)

2. If I read something, I want to be able to picture it, understand where it lies in relation to other structures, and sketch it out a little bit in very rough detail. (Turn words into pictures)

I think for the first skill, it’s fairly straightforward. Just look at a lot of pictures and practice naming things.

The second skill takes a bit more work. I think the best way is to just grab a pencil and some sheets of paper and sketch things out a bit after you’ve been studying for a while. It doesn’t have to look nice, what matters are the relationships between things. It’s a nice break from staring at a book and, after a few goes, you’ll have all sorts of lovely art for your fridge.

The last thing I can suggest is to always keep function in mind. I think it’s easy to get bogged down with insertions, attachments, innervation, etc, but if you are able to step back from all of that stuff and just ask yourself “what is this thing supposed to be doing?” a lot of it will just make sense and feel a lot less like memorization. I was an engineer as an undergrad, so I always found myself thinking back to physics when looking at muscles and how they operated. The body is a remarkable thing, and learning about it all should be a really fun experience. Make sure you enjoy it.

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