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Search the Medical Web – ScienceRoll

Posted by medliorator on March 31, 2009


ScienceRoll Medical Search

Scienceroll Medical Search is a personalized medical metasearch engine.  The aim is to create a useful, editable metasearch engine for the entire medical community.

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Insider’s Look at USMLE Step 2

Posted by medliorator on March 30, 2009

This practical exam is comprised of a rapid-fire history and physical of 12 actors pretending to have various, common medical problems, with subsequent documentation of the encounters.

this exam costs over $1000 for medical students to take.  Moreover, there are only 5 centers around the US where students can take the exam, so if you don’t live nearby you also have to pay for transportation and an overnight hotel stay.

Having taken the exam now, I can tell you that anyone who even performed sufficient motions to get through medical school should be able to pass this exam.

what a crock [Mudphudder]

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Clean Your Home in Minutes

Posted by medliorator on March 29, 2009

Parent visit?  Physician stopping by?  When tidiness falls through the cracks, fall back on these clean-up tips whenever you require a presentable home without the work.

  • Reserve one side of sofa cushions to be shown to guests. Before company arrives, flip over the cushions to reveal good-as-new fabric. When guests are gone, flip them back
  • When the dishwasher is full and the sink is overflowing, stow dirty dishes and silverware in a stockpot and pull them out later to be cleaned.
  • Stow pajamas under the pillow. This way, they’re off the floor and ready for later.
  • As for dirty clothes awaiting washing, simply toss them in the washer.

How to Fake a Clean House [Real Simple]

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Spruce your CV with Free Fonts

Posted by medliorator on March 28, 2009

  • 1001 Free Fonts – free fonts for Windows and Macintosh organized categorically and alphabetically
  • Dafont – Comprehensive database with detailed categorical organization.  This is a good stop if you know what you’re looking for
  • Font Squirrel – Free fonts all with commercial-use licenses
  • – over 13,000 free fonts organized by category and user-rating
  • (Themed Fonts) – Free fonts from TV shows, movies, and brands
  • Urban Fonts – Free fonts organized categorically and by age.

via Lifehacker

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Essential Facebook Privacy Tips for Medical Students

Posted by medliorator on March 23, 2009

1. Use Your Friend Lists – For those not aware of what friend lists are, Facebook describes them as a feature which allows “you to create private groupings of friends based on your personal preferences. For example, you can create a Friend List for your friends that meet for weekly book club meetings. You can create Friend Lists for all of your organizational needs, allowing you to quickly view friends by type and send messages to your lists.”

  • You can add each friend to more than one friend group
  • Friend groups should be used like “tags” as used elsewhere around the web
  • Friend Lists can have specific privacy policies applied to them

A typical setup for groups would be “Friends”, “Family”, and “Professional”. These three groups can then be used to apply different privacy policies. For example, you may want your friends to see photos from the party you were at last night, but you don’t want your family or professional contacts to see those photos.

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know [AllFacebook]

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Guide to Student Taxes

Posted by medliorator on March 20, 2009

This extensive guide will help you to

  1. Determine your need to file a federal income tax return
  2. Learn about the various tax benefits available to students
  3. Find low/no-cost tax preparation assistance.

College Student’s Guide to Taxes [GoCollege]

Correlate: Prepare your Taxes with IRS Free File

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Pronunciation Challenge

Posted by medliorator on March 19, 2009

Homonymous hemianopsia: It’s a complex, yet quick way of saying that a person has lost the same field of vision in both eyes.

Prader-Willi Syndrome: a spectrum of disorders caused by a deletion or doubling on chromosome 15, resulting in a person’s never, ever, ever feeling like they’ve had enough to eat. There are related problems (including a lack of muscle mass and sometimes mild mental retardation), but the feeling of overwhelming and constant hunger is the hallmark of Prader-Willi.

: aka “neglect”. A person who’s had a stroke or other brain injury forgets about half of their body. In severe cases, they lose all concept of one side of the universe, so that “left” or “right” no longer exists.

Apneustic breathing: It happens when you get a bonk or a tumor in your lower pons (v. important part of brain): you breathe in deeply, pause, breathe out…(wait about a minute)…repeat.

Jo’s Fun List Of Medical Terms Nobody Can Pronounce! [Head Nurse]

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Tempered Expectations of Care

Posted by medliorator on March 18, 2009

By Sarah Averill

How should you handle patients who don’t want to follow your medical advice? How should we deal with the negative emotions that some of them will inevitably bring out in us? What does respect for patients look like? And what should we expect — if anything — from our patients?

One of the most jarring experiences in medical school is hearing doctors denigrate patients… “You are probably too young to have watched the TV show ‘All in the Family’, but this woman is a Meathead, just like Archie’s son-in-law. She’s not going to listen. I don’t know why she’s here.”

… I come from a long line of “meatheads,” people who want to come to their own conclusions about what diagnoses they will accept and what medicine they want to swallow.

labeling your patients and speaking disrespectfully of them can lead to all sorts of bias, set up negative expectations, and lead to suboptimal care. We can easily forget that the patient’s wishes are consummate. It is the patient’s right to refuse treatment — even to refuse being “labeled” with a diagnosis. We too easily forget that disease labels can have devastating consequences for patients. It is our responsibility to respectfully, and patiently, help them understand why we think they may have a particular disease and why what we are offering them — a name for their suffering, and something to relieve it, such as drugs, surgery, physical therapy — may prove beneficial.

Honor Your Mother and Other “Meathead” Patients [The Differential]

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Forum Filter: IMG Taking a Research Year Before Residency

Posted by medliorator on March 16, 2009

Derm83: I am an IMG applying to Radiology next year but I’d like to do 1-2 years or research so that I can be more competitive.

I’d like to start contacting programs for research but I’m wondering what things I should be looking at in a program:
1. A program that takes a substantial number of residents(eg 10)
2. A top tier program which might make more competitive for other programs VS a low tier program where I might have chance matching into.
3. A place where multiple adjacent programs exists (eg Texas Medical Center) so that I have more chances.
4. Research with the PD or chief.
5. IMG-friendly state vs geographically undesired state.

Do you believe 1-2 years of research will make me competitive enough to land a spot? (Non-US IMG, Step 1 99/230+, 2 months of USCE)

lapooh: I would say go for the most top-tier research gig that you can find. Research at big name academic place tends to make you attractive to the mid tier academic programs as well. How much research will help depends on much much you are able to get out in terms in publications from it. Research should definitely help for radiology, even AMGs going into Radiology tend to have atleast some research experience.You would also do well with stellar reccos from your mentors.
Other things being equal, it might be a good idea to go for a place that has multiple programs, like TMC, because you will be able to network with more people. That might help you get interviews at those places.

With added research, you should be competitive for radiology. But I am no expert myself, just know a lot of radiology-crazy people .

Research before residency [SDN]

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Fast Facts for Medical Basics: Access Medicine Quick Answers

Posted by medliorator on March 16, 2009

For fast answers to medical quandaries, bookmark AccessMedicine’s Quick Answer search.

Tapeworm Infection, Beef
Topics Discussed: taenia saginata infection

  • Generally asymptomatic
  • Abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms may be present
  • Eosinophilia common

AccessMedicine Quick Answers [McGraw-Hill]

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