Miscellaneous

A Message from the Editor

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I am pleased to fill some impressive shoes. Dr. Walter Wiggins had an amazing tenure as editor of the USMLE-Rx Web Team, and I encourage readers to check out some of his work (use the search box, and search by “Walter Wiggins”). His leadership as a student, author, and father has inspired everyone with the First Aid Team as well as readers from around the world. I also thank Dr. Tao Le for his mentorship and reminder that medicine is a profession encompassing all aspects of patient care, including equipping future generations to succeed.

The First Aid team has produced material on almost every subject ranging from the Basic Sciences to specialty boards like Orthopedics (a personal favorite). And of course, the ubiquitous and ever-evolving First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (that’s the newest edition, keep an eye out for it!). This blog has enjoyed the opportunity of discussing equally broad subjects from app reviews to odes just begging for an acoustic overlay. We’ve discussed finances, depression and burnout, and the general work-life balance. (more…)

An Ode to Step 1 and New Things

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Ode smallBy Patrick Sylvester

In the final stages of Step 1 studying, and not sure what to do?
How will you fill the last few days?
Question bank? Flashcards?
Or perhaps one more pass through First Aid?

You could do that.

You could also go for a run, or a short nap.
Maybe go out for an extravagant dinner.
Or you could eat that frozen pizza in your freezer
(You know, the one you picked up from the convenient store on the way back form the library)

You could do any, all, or none of those things.
Who am I to tell you what you ought to do on your last day or two before Step 1?
What’s that? You’re already done?
Take a moment and celebrate how far you’ve come.

You’ve worked hard these past few weeks (right?).
And guess what?
It paid off—you rocked it.
You gave it your all and did the best you can do.

And what’s that ahead of you?
Third-year clerkships. Residency programs?
Soon, a new challenge.
You’ve excelled so far, why would these things be any different?

Become a First Aid/USMLE-Rx Student Ambassador at UC San Francisco, Washington University, University of Washington, and Pritzker

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THE FIRST AID TEAM NEEDS YOU!

Do you attend one of the following universities? Do you know someone who is a med student at one of these universities?

We need Student Ambassadors at:

University of California, San Francisco SOM

Washington University in St Louis SOM

University of Washington SOM

Pritzker SOM at the University of Chicago

 

Click Here to Apply Now!

Become a First Aid/USMLE-Rx Student Ambassador at Campbell, Sophie Davis, Columbia, or Michigan State

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THE FIRST AID TEAM NEEDS YOU!

Do you attend one of the following universities? Do you know someone who is a med student at one of these universities?

We need Student Ambassadors at:

  • Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • CCNY/CUNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
  • College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University
  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Click Here to Apply Now!

Great Expectations

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By Sasmit Sarangi

As residents, we are expected to meet and exceed the requirements of our patients, colleagues, and supervisors. After the completion of the Match, and after the euphoria settles down, we are ultimately left with weight of our own expectations.

There is a mixture of excitement about managing patients independently (almost!) and the trepidation of being stuck in an unfamiliar clinical situation with no help in sight. The long and arduous process of becoming an independent physician is well and truly in full swing. Managing these expectations well is a challenge as they will definitely help you stay motivated throughout residency, but at the same time you don’t want them to be your own personal albatross as well.

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Identifying a Research Mentor

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Jocelyn Compton

In a previous post called Getting The Most Out of Your Research Experience, we presented a few points of advice on how to optimize research. We think that research is a great way to enhance your academic profile and improve your effectiveness as a resident and practicing physician. Once you’ve figured out the kind of research you are interested in (see previous post), and have narrowed down your options to a few mentors, these few pieces of advice may be helpful to you in making the final decision!

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Getting the Most Out of Your Research Experience

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By Jocelyn Compton

Getting the Most Out of Your Research ExperienceMore and more, research productivity is becoming a cornerstone of the medical student experience. Dedicated research can shape your future in profound ways. Since this time of year presents deadlines for summer research (such as the NIH T35 research grant) or yearlong opportunities (such as HHMI Medical Scholars) it’s timely to discuss the topic of optimizing your research experience!

1. Know thyself.
This is important in all things, but there are several questions that you should consider asking yourself before approaching a mentor. For example:

Where do you wish to go in your career? Academia, private practice, or business and consulting each lend themselves to a different type of research. This also applies to which specialties you are considering. There are a variety of ways to publish your work, such as case reports, original research, or opinion articles. Each type of publication will carry different value when you’re applying to residencies. Of course, publication in a well-known journal within a field or in a popular journal like Nature will always grab attention.

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