Patch Adams’ Advice to Medical Students


By Luke Murray

Patch Adams Advice to Medical StudentsI was at a conference for premedical students a few months ago, and Patch Adams was there giving both the keynote speech along with several workshops. After the conference, 40 or so attendees gathered around him on the lawn, peppering him with questions. Finally, one particularly astute premedical student asked him the question:

“If you could tell only one thing to pre-medical and medical school students, what would it be?” (more…)

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Having Outlets in Med School: A Step 1 Sonnet


By Tim Durso

Having Outlets in Med School - My Step 1 SonnetI’ve long since admired a poet’s ability to take an experience and mold it into a relatable and elegant form. I’ve dabbled with my own poetry (which admittedly is rough at best) from time to time as a sort of creative outlet for whenever I’m feeling stressed or bored (a.k.a. throughout med school). I don’t always write them down, but sometimes they help me work through my emotions and release them in a constructive way.

Below I’ve included a sonnet about my experiences leading up to taking Step 1: (more…)

What’s Your (Learning) Type: The MBTI Approach to Learning


By Mark Ard

Whats Your Learning Type 1“Hey gurl, you’re an ISFP? I’m an ENTJ, wanna make some flashcards together?”

What? You’ve never used a Myers-Briggs pick up line? Yeah me neither, but if you want to classify and better approach how you relate to knowledge and learning, then hopefully my next couple of posts will help you become a more awesome medical student by better knowing thyself.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is broken down across four domains to determine how individuals perceive, process, and ultimately interact with the world. It’s one of the most researched psychometric personality inventories around. (more…)

Military Medical School Made Simple


By Tim Durso, 2D LT, USAF

Military Medical School Made SimpleI get a lot of questions about what exactly it means to be a medical student on military scholarship. There are plenty of official resources that you can find (just google Health Professions Scholarship Program), but I thought it might be a good idea to give a brief overview as a student currently in the process.

First of all, you might be wondering when and how to start the application process. I started early in my second semester of senior year of college by contacting a recruiter directly. This allowed me to gather the necessary paperwork and schedule training before medical school started. If I’ve learned anything from being a government employee so far, it never hurts to get a head start on a paperwork process. That’s not to say you can’t start later, or even after you’ve started medical school, because you definitely can. Remember, though, that a four-year HPSP scholarship carries with it a signing bonus that a shorter scholarship wouldn’t.

If you’re thinking about contacting a recruiter but don’t know what to expect, here’s a quick run-down of what you’re getting yourself into. The nuts and bolts: The military (in my case, the Air Force) pays for tuition, required books, and testing fees. In addition to the signing bonus for a four-year scholarship mentioned earlier, I receive a monthly stipend for living expenses. In return, after my residency, I will serve in the Air Force as a physician for four years of active duty and four years of reserve duty (with a whole bunch of caveats which are beyond the scope of a blog post). (more…)

Let’s Crash Course the Ebola Virus: Medical Student Edition


By Joe Savarese

Lets Crash Course the Ebola Virus - Medical Student EditionUnless you truly have been living in a hole studying for exams, you have probably noticed that the media has run daily headlines about Ebola scares and fears of future epidemics. So I thought, as a medical student, what should I know about Ebola if a friend, relative, or patient asked for information? (or what if it showed on an USMLE exam?)

Here’s the crash course..

The Ebola Virus is part of the Filoviridae family, meaning it’s a helical single-stranded negative-sense RNA strand. (Remember a negative-stranded virus must carry with it a RNA-dependent RNA polymerase for infectivity).

Marburg virus is in the same class and is very similar to Ebola since both present as fatal hemorrhagic fevers. The Marburg virus has a natural reservoir in monkeys, while unknown in the Ebola virus, it is believed to be in bats. Most outbreaks of Ebola thus far have occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (more…)

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