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Peer Evaluation – How to Compliment Fellow Medical Students and Residents

Posted by medliorator on April 26, 2010

Chris Birk

1. Be Specific
Detail is …the heart of a great compliment.  Hone in on a specific achievement or aspect and focus your words on that. A vague, generalized comment that can be recycled throughout the day …lacks real meaning because of its cookie-cutter nature.
Specific compliments have lasting power. So do those that favor character over objects or outward appearance. They indicate that you’ve truly taken stock of a person and their attributes and, in turn, compressed those thoughts into a value judgment.

2. Be Genuine

Sincerity is a byproduct of genuine belief or emotion.  To toss up a compliment because of social convention or circumstance is to speak without real meaning.  Writing about the art of compliments for Esquire magazine, Tom Chiarella summed it up perfectly: “If a worthwhile compliment needs anything, it is the weight of realization behind it.”

How to Give Compliments That Mean Something [Life Optimizer]

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How to Succeed in Medical School – Advice for all 4 years

Posted by medliorator on April 15, 2010

Dr. Lisabetta Divita @ SDN…

MS-1 and MS-2

How will you know what could be asked on an exam? Obtaining exams from previous years is perhaps the most important investment you could make. Get copies of previous exams. Old exams give you the best idea of the style and scope of questions that will be asked. There is simply too much information not to focus; the best way to focus is to get a feel for how previous classes were tested.

MS-3 and MS-4

  • DO NOT slow the interns/residents down
  • care for your patient whenever possible
  • assist/perform as many procedures as possible (IVs, central lines, arthrocenteses, paracenteses, etc.)
  • get all labs/study results as soon as they are ready
  • personally experience all interesting physical findings (your patient or not)
  • ask the senior resident/fellow general questions
  • ask the intern questions about your patient (that you cannot find out yourself)
  • DO NOT switch these last two items. In other words, DO NOT pimp the intern and DO NOT ask the resident/fellow about lab results

Tips for Surviving Medical School [SDN]

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Clinical Years – Acting the Part

Posted by medliorator on April 12, 2010

Eric Tam @ Medscape…

“Medicine is showbiz”

Terrible as it sounds, there is some truth in it. The point my professor was trying to make was: It is not enough to be nice. It is more important to act nice. It is easy to ignore or act briskly with a patient when ten tasks await you. You have to actually show that you care about the patient and make it obvious to the patient, the patient’s family, nurses and your colleagues. This does not mean that we have to be hypocritical, but that it is important to both be nice and act nice.

Words of Advice for Final Year Students [Medscape Blogs]

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How to Choose the Best Mentor During Medical School

Posted by medliorator on March 2, 2010

For those on the hunt for mentorship, take a look at mudphudder for pointers…

good mentorship is key to kicking off a successful career… finding a supportive mentor is all about asking the right questions of both the prospective mentor as well as the mentor’s trainees.  As you are going through the process, think about these qualities that you may find desirable in a mentor:

  • accessibility: does the mentor have an open door and an approachable attitude?  is the mentor around or often away on trips/conferences?
  • honesty: does the mentor communicate truth–whether good or bad–about the trainee’s work, the world and the trainee’s chances out there
  • savvy: does the mentor have a sense (and communicates it) of the pragmatic aspects of career development?
  • loyal: does the mentor value the trainee’s contributions and support as well as defend the trainee from outsiders trying to take advantage of the trainee?

finding a good mentor: asking the right questions [mudphudder]

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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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Free Mobile Medical Calculator – MedCalc

Posted by medliorator on January 28, 2010

MedCalc is a free medical calculator offering easy access to medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications.  It is available for the iPhone, Palm OS and Windows Mobile.

Review the complete list of formulas and calculators included in MedCalc here.


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Envisioning the Hospitalist

Posted by medliorator on August 30, 2009

Edwin Leap underscores the difficulty of establishing your patient’s ‘baseline’ in the years to come:

the hospitalist is a physician whose practice is focused on admitting patients to the hospital, caring for them, and discharging them back to their regular physicians (if they have one) when the acute situation is over.

the idea of the hospitalists makes great sense, and probably bears much fruit… However, a relationship is severed. We have many community physicians who do not do hospital work. And more now that the hospitalist option exists. So let’s say I have patient X in the evening or on the weekend. His physician doesn’t admit. I call the hospitalist. ‘Patient X is having chest pain. His cardiac labs and EKG look alright, but it just seems concerning to me. Can we admit him?’ Hospitalist: ‘well, he doesn’t have risk factors and everything looks OK, what are we going to do? Do a second set of labs and let him see his doc tomorrow.’

Now, that was a technically correct encounter. But if his own doc had been on call, as in the past, he might have said ‘I’ve known him for years. He doesn’t complain. That isn’t like him. Let’s keep him overnight.’ Scientific? Maybe not. Possibly useful? Absolutely.

Medicine and relationship [edwinleap]

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Practice Guidelines – Infectious Diseases Society of America

Posted by medliorator on July 7, 2009


The IDSA provides free practice guidelines that, while lengthy, are definitive.

examples include

Practice Guidelines [IDSA]

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