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M2 Summer Guide: Hangover Cures

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You made it through your first year of med school. Alive. That calls for a much-needed vacation. However you plan to relax, we’ve got a guide to match. From mosquito bites to hangover cures, Kaplan Medical’s Master Faculty is here to guide you through your “last summer.” 


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Your trip won’t be complete without our Five Tips for Surviving Your Outdoor Adventures. Use these when your parents ask you to “say something medical.” Read and share these factoids from our faculty:

1. Instagross. Both disulfiram and metronidazole block acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. In a person taking either of these drugs who also drinks ethanol (alcohol) they cause the accumulation of acetaldehyde and the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and headache. It’s dangerous, gross and isn’t worth documenting on social media. Act responsibly.

2. Banana Baggin’ It. We’re not recommending this as a DIY hangover cure, but the affectionately-named, “Banana Bag” will get you back on your feet in no time. What’s in it? There’s usually a blend of B12, Potassium, Dextrose, and fluids, administered intravenously. Other vitamins like Vitamins A, and E are sometimes added. If you want our real view full post »

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Master the Wards: Chest Pain

This summer, Kaplan Medical brings you the Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkship series with tips from Program Directors on how you can excel in your rotations. Don’t embarrass yourself on rounds. Know the medicine and look like a rock star in front of your attending. Dr. Fischer will help get you through the Wards with this sample case scenario!


 


Conrad Fischer, MD is a celebrated educator, physician, and author of top-selling review books including the Master the Boards series. Dr. Fischer serves as Residency Program Director at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. He is also an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. He has taught medical Board review for over 21 years.


 

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Welcome to Wards: Preparing to Choose a Medical Specialty

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When thinking about a career and making a medical specialty decision, it is important to consider your own gifts and how you would like to use them when making this important decision. Don’t base the decision entirely on the faculty member you come to admire the most during clinical rotations.

You will be matching in March of your fourth year.  By the start of your fourth year, hopefully you know where you will do your offsite rotations.  Those electives should optimally be in the specialty of your choice to help you match.  This means you will need to make some decisions in the midst of third year about a specialty.


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To borrow from Dickens, your first year of rotations will be the best of times and the worst of times in medical school. From the happy delivery of a newborn to the loss of a dear patient, you’ll experience emotionally charged situations. You will be challenged mentally and physically. There is no way you can pass through this educational experience without personal growth on some level. Over your years of medical school, there is no doubt that your … view full post »

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M2 Summer Guide: Pool Parties

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You made it through your first year of med school. Alive. That calls for a much-needed vacation. However you plan to relax, we’ve got a guide to match. From mosquito bites to hangover cures, Kaplan Medical’s Master Faculty is here to guide you through your “last summer.”

Ready to show off that chiseled med student bod? Well, maybe your medical knowledge will be more impressive. Read our 5 Tips for Surviving Pool Parties this summer.

1. Med Students, Lend Me Your Ear. If you’re swimming a lot this summer, watch out for ear infections. Speaking of ears, watch out for drugs which cause ototoxicity such as loop diuretics and aminoglycoside antibiotics as well as the “quines” (quinidine, quinine, and hydroxychloroquine) which can cause tinnitus as part of cinchonism.

2. Poolralysis. Your friend, James, drank too much and didn’t notice that the pool was under maintenance. He jumped in, head first, without realizing there was no water in the pool. When his classmates went to get him, he had right-side loss of position and vibratory senses below the nipples, as well as left sided loss of pain and temperature. He also could not move the right side of his … view full post »

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Master the Wards: Shortness of Breath

This summer, Kaplan Medical brings you the Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkship series with tips from Program Directors on how you can excel in your rotations. Don’t embarrass yourself on rounds. Know the medicine and look like a rock star in front of your attending. Dr. Fischer will help get you through the Wards with this sample case scenario!


 


Conrad Fischer, MD is a celebrated educator, physician, and author of top-selling review books including the Master the Boards series. Dr. Fischer serves as Residency Program Director at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. He is also an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. He has taught medical Board review for over 21 years.


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Welcome to Wards: Polishing Your Clerkship Image

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Woody Allen says that just showing up accounts for 80% of success. Woody Allen did not go to medical school.

On clinical clerkships, showing up does not ensure success.  Showing up on time?  Well, we’re getting closer to a passing grade now. Showing up on time and being smart, articulate, and professional?  Now we’re getting somewhere.

What you say and how you look on clinical rotations has a big impact on the way you are evaluated.  Before stepping onto the wards, it makes sense to consider image, particularly how you sound and look.


Does your voice convey sincerity and respect?

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What do you convey when you speak?  Let’s break it down to voice and content.

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Regarding voice, when was the last time you heard your voice on replay?  It makes sense to use an open source program like Audacity for recording sound to find out for yourself.  Does your voice convey sincerity and respect? Have you been told you have a deep southern accent or that you speak too quickly for the average listener? If so, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that give advice for … view full post »

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M2 Summer Guide: Cruises

UltimateSummerMasthead You made it through your first year of med school. Alive. That calls for a much-needed vacation. However you plan to relax, we’ve got a guide to match. From mosquito bites to hangover cures, Kaplan Medical’s Master Faculty is here to guide you through your “last summer.”

Your trip won’t be complete without our Five Tips for Surviving A Summer Cruise. It’s not just norovirus you have to worry about. Read and share these factoids from our faculty:

1. If The Boat’s a Rockin’, Start M Blockin’! Scopolamine (Muscarinic blocker) is popular for motion sickness, as are 1st generation antihistamines (whose benefit is also blocking Muscarinic receptors). Remember to “M block” while on your cruise.

2. What’s Scarier Than the Bermuda Triangle? Dancing with your Aunt Merle on a cruise can be dangerous especially if she’s had a couple glasses of wine. What’s worse than an unhappy med student on vacation? An unhappy triad, AKA the terrible triangle. Your anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, medial meniscus could get damaged from trauma to your knee. So watch out for those salsa moves.

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Master the Wards: GI Bleeding

This summer, Kaplan Medical brings you the Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkship series with tips from Program Directors on how you can excel in your rotations. Don’t embarrass yourself on rounds. Know the medicine and look like a rock star in front of your attending. Dr. Fischer will help get you through the Wards with this sample case scenario!



Conrad Fischer, MD is a celebrated educator, physician, and author of top-selling review books including the Master the Boards series. Dr. Fischer serves as Residency Program Director at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. He is also an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. He has taught medical Board review for over 21 years.


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Welcome to Wards: Clerkship Evaluation

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It’s the time of year when I’m preparing to advise this year’s crop of applicants participating in the NRMP Match®.  One of the most important experiences of medical school and for your application is the clerkships.

The clinical clerkships are where the rubber meets the road in medical school.  Students are evaluated from day one, and first impressions always count. Can students prepare in advance? My answer is yes.


Students are evaluated in relation to other students.

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Students have to adjust to new settings at fixed intervals throughout the clinical years, not only learning a new body of clinical information with each rotation, but also learning how to deal with some of the attendant specialty personalities. And parenthetically, sometimes the stereotypes can be easier to deal with than the outliers when it comes to attendings’ personalities.

It’s important to know the institutional standards for student clerkship evaluations before starting clinical rotations.  At the University of Louisville, we were evaluated on the basis of three factors on the wards: knowledge, clinical skills, and attitude. Before further examining these three aspects of student evaluation, consider an additional truth about … view full post »

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