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Archive for December, 2009

RePost: Managing Exam Stress & Optimizing Performance

Posted by medliorator on December 27, 2009

Philip Zack:

Many people have an automatic train of “self talk” in their heads, which has the effect of giving up control to external factors with unhelpful statements such as, “The exam is making me stressed” or “I’m bound to fail again.”

Take control of these self talk messages by challenging them—for example, “The exam is making me stressed” becomes “I let myself get stressed in the exam;” or “I’m bound to fail again” becomes “I might fail, but if I prepare well I might pass.”

You can also control your emotional state by practising simple meditation or visualisation exercises, both before the exam and during short breaks in the exam itself. Box 3 shows a simple example, using a technique called anchoring. You can use a range of techniques, which can either be self learnt or taught by a professional, such as a yoga teacher or hypnotherapist.

the Yerkes-Dodson curve:


Exam technique 2: performing [BMJ Careers]

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Medical Student Alarm Clock Guide

Posted by medliorator on December 21, 2009

Medical students understand the value of owning multiple alarm clocks.  Consider the following novel alarm clocks if adding to your arsenal this season:

1. Mobile Alarm Clock

Premise: in order to turn off the alarm clock, you must first catch the alarm clock.

Pricing: $50 for the original Clocky from Target; $40 for knock-offs

Notes: Watch a video of this critter in action here.

2. Puzzle Alarm Clock

Premise: Alarm clock turns off only after you’ve returned pieces to the base in the appropriate position.  Fancy models fire pieces into the air, scattering them on the ground.  Simpler models  let you scatter the pieces before going to bed.

Pricing: $100 for spring-loaded model; $15 for regular models

Notes: Watch a video of this terror in action here.

3. Flying Alarm Clock

Premise: Alarm clock fires flying component through the air and will silence only after the flying piece is returned to the clock base.

Pricing: $50 for BlowFly model

Notes: Difficult to find in stock

Correlate: Turn your Computer into an Alarm Clock – WakeupOnStandBy

Correlate10 Tips for Waking up Early

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Addressing Mediocre Board Scores during Interviews

Posted by medliorator on December 17, 2009

Dr. William James (University of Pennsylvania)…

I think there are people that have a pretty darn good record, and unfortunately they say things like “Well, my boards could have been better, but you know I had this happen in my personal life.” Basically, they’re apologizing. They may have gotten 80% honors grades and yet they’re apologizing for this one rotation that they didn’t honor, and trying to come up with a reason or excuse. That’s just not a good way to approach an interview.

The way to approach an interview is to be self-confident and to accentuate the positives. They’re clearly there, because if you’re interviewing for a program, you must have a lot of positives. We don’t just interview anybody. You’ve got a good record, so you want to go in and be self-confident about that. You want to look good, and you want to come in sharp and enthusiastic.

The Successful Match: Getting into Dermatology [Student Doctor Network]

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Finding Quiet Time

Posted by medliorator on December 7, 2009

2. Take Two Minutes to Plan Your Morning – take just two minutes to plan your morning. Grab a post-it note. Jot down three things that you want to get done before lunch.

5. Have a Complete Rest When You Get Home – How often do you get home from work feeling frazzled, exhausted and irritable? Do you end up wasting time watching television shows that don’t really interest you, or surfing the internet just to unwind?

For the last year and a half of my previous job, this was my routine when I would arrive home from work. I would literally go in, lay down on the bed for about twenty minutes with my eyes closed, and think about nothing. I’d breathe in deeply, breathe out deeply and slowly, and just let my mind and body drift away. After twenty minutes, I would feel tremendously refreshed.

Six Ways to Find Quiet During a Busy Day [Dumb Little Man]

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