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.

3. Something Smells Fishy. You’re at the seafood buffet and the mahi-mahi tartare looks fantastic. 20 minutes … view full post »

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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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M2 Summer Guide: Camping/Sports

 

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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.”

Your trip won’t be complete without our Five Tips for Surviving Your Outdoor Adventures. Things can get pretty extreme outside of your tiny dorm room. Read and share these factoids from our faculty before you pop the tent:

1. Get on the Metro! Metronidazole is the drug of choice for Giardia (Backpacker’s Diarrhea). To remember the three protozoa that Metronidazole is used for, remember the mnemonic “GET on the Metro” for Giardia, Entamoeba, and Trichomonas.

2. Brachial Tree Trunks. Your friend thinks he’s more limber than a typical med student. He starts to climb a large tree and falls, quickly grabbing on a branch on the way down. Now he has numbness and pain in skin over pinkie and ring finger. Looks like he stretched his C8 and T1 in lower trunk of brachial plexus, causing altered sensation in skin of medial palm and medial one and one half digits. Be view full post »

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Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkships

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Med students graduating in 2016, congratulations on conquering the USMLE(R) Step 1. You’re one step closer to your first choice residency. But before you get there, you still have to ace your clinical rotations.

This summer, Kaplan Medical is bringing you the Welcome to Wards: Survive Your Medical Clerkship series with tips from Program Directors on how you can excel in your rotations. Success requires preparation and knowing what’s expected of you. We’ll bring you tips on impressing your attendings as well as how to choose a specialty, plus sample case scenarios so you can look like a rock star.

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M2 Summer Guide: Vacations

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 Your Summer Vacation. Use these when your parents ask you to “say something medical.” Read and share these factoids from our faculty:

1. Remember FoToS on your vacation! For sunburns, remember these three classic phototoxic antibiotics: Fluoroquinolones, Tetracyclines, and Sulfonamides.

2. The Not-So-Great Outdoors. You’ve been studying and mostly sedentary for months, but now that you’re on vacation, getting back in shape means taking advantage of the great outdoors. You might try kayaking for several hours every day. After a few days, you might notice that you can’t even comb your hair because your right shoulder hurts too much. All signs point to rotator cuff tear.

3. Fowleri Play. Swimming in the lake is a great way to spend those lazy summer days… Diving in and out, showing off your mad skills, but two days later you have a … view full post »

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USMLE Step 1 High Yield by Kaplan Medical


Kaplan Medical brings you the 2014-2015 USMLE(R) Step 1 High Yield program, specifically designed for U.S med students. Enjoy your last boards-free summer, then review for the USMLE with Master Faculty and our team of recent high-scorers so you can get into your top choice residency in 2017. 

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