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Practical Advice for the First Year of Medical School

Posted by medliorator on February 26, 2010

Alex Folkl offers his advice for first year medical students…

Lesson 1: Medical school is hard, but not in the way you would expect
What’s hard is the volume: There is so much material that it’s oftentimes difficult to determine what warrants another pass and what can safely be left for another day.

Lesson 3: Everyone has an opinion.
Ask ten medical students how to study for a class, and you will get ten different responses… The key is sifting through the noise to figure out what works for you.

Advice for New Medical Students [Medscape]

Correlate: Secrets to Medical School’s First Year

Correlate: Basic Study Strategies for First Year Medical Students

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5 Ways to Pursue Medical Education After Graduation

Posted by medliorator on February 24, 2010

By Arthur Czuma at

Medicine is a field that’s constantly updated with new discoveries and revisions of best practices. It’s critical for physicians to stay abreast of new medical technologies and current trends in the field of medicine and science. There are several ways medical doctors can educate themselves once their residency or fellowship training is complete. In fact, many states require that doctors obtain a certain number of continuing medical education credits annually. These requirements vary widely by state. Physicians employed by hospitals and affiliated with hospital or professional organizations may also find themselves facing additional continuing education requirements.

There are a variety of ways that physicians may choose to update their knowledge base. The Internet has made access to new and fresh information and <a href=””>training courses</a> easier than ever for doctors eager to keep their medical knowledge and skills updated. Some of the most popular options for continuing education include the following:

1. Medical Journals
There are a large selection of medical journals published that contain cutting edge and peer-reviewed studies and articles related to the medical field. Some journals relate to general medicine while others focus on specialty areas. Members of medical professional associations are commonly offered discounted subscriptions to these publications. Many journals offer online subscriptions that extend the benefit of archived articles and studies in databases that are easily searchable.

2. Websites
There are several websites that cater to practicing physicians with links to medical sites, support groups, medical quotes, and medical-related humor. There are also sites that offer doctors opportunities for professional networking. Websites targeted at practicing physicians are a great resource for post-education learning as well as coping with the realities of the profession.

3. Seminars
Hospitals, clinics, professional medical organizations, and pharmaceutical companies commonly host seminars that feature speakers who are able to educate doctors on a vast amount of topics. Continuing medical credits are sometimes offered to those attending these seminars. These events offer excellent networking opportunities as well as information frequently based on personal experiences.

4. Webinars and Podcasts
These high-tech continuing education avenues are great options for M.D.’s who don’t want to take time out of their schedules to travel. Webinars and podcasts are delivered via the Internet and so doctors have the opportunity to learn from professionals and experts from all over the world. This media is highly transportable via cell phones, PDA’s, and Ipods so physicians can learn while on the go.

5. Online CME Providers

There are several companies online that specialize in offering continuing education credits to professionals. A simple Google search of CME will yield many possibilities for physicians seeking online opportunities. It’s wise to verify the credentials of these companies to ensure that the CME’s will be recognized if they are being pursued for renewal of licensures. The most recognized professional organizations for medical doctors also offer CME opportunities. The American Medical Association (AMA) is one such example.

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Cimex Lectularius – Rapid Review of the Bedbug

Posted by medliorator on February 21, 2010

You’ll liekly encounter the bedbug during your outpatient rotations.  Here is an excellent review from Clinical Correlations.

Cimex lectularius, commonly known as the bedbug, had been a pest of yesteryear, until recently… Host reactions to bedbug bites are widely variable. Most people do not have a reaction; others may develop pruritic erythematous papules,[4] or local urticaria with wheals or welts. Bullous skin lesions and systemic anaphylactic reactions have also been reported but are rare.[5] The lesions may be evident upon awakening or may appear a day or two later. They are the result of host hypersensitivity against foreign antigens in bedbug saliva; [5]the bite itself is harmless. The lesions are usually pruritic, and they can become superinfected after intense scratching. Secondary skin lesions such as cellulitis or folliculitis may also develop.[5] The diagnosis is not always clear, especially without a suggestive history. The eruption has been mistaken for scabies, allergic contact dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, and even chicken pox. [7,8] Lesions in a linear or clustered pattern should raise the suspicion of bedbug bites, although other insect bites can present in similar manner. A detailed history exploring possible sources of exposure is helpful. The most common lesions are pruritic papules,[5] which spontaneously regress over one to two weeks, but often leave behind the telltale sign of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

What Should We Know About Bedbugs? [Clinical Correlations]

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Prepare for Surgical Cases with Websurg

Posted by medliorator on February 10, 2010

The knowledge if your next day’s surgical cases is a priceless resource on any surgical rotation.  Capitalize by reviewing surgical textbooks, skimming review articles, and going over the nuts and bolts of the procedure at WebSurg.

With summaries of over 120 procedures, websurg is a great resource when used in conjunction with a surgery textbook.  Access is free if you’re willing to share an email address.  Chapters include a review of indications, anatomy, OR setup, complications, and postoperative care.

The right panel is a great place to start, under “Looking for anything specific? Start search.”  Check out the operative technique chapters,


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