“‘Twas the Shift Before Christmas”: A Holiday Ode to Med Students


Happy Holidays

By the First Aid Team

‘Twas the shift before Christmas, when all through the wards
Not a creature was stirring, they were studying for boards;
The stethoscopes were hung by the front desk with care,
In hopes that the First Aid Team soon would be there;

The med students were waiting all snug in their scrubs,
As they took a few minutes to inhale some bad grub;
A doctor in her ‘kerchief, and I in my mask,
Had just settled in for a long surgical task,

When out in the parking lot arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the OR to see what was the matter.
Away to the pit I flew like a flash,
And ran into a big guy with a skid and a crash.

His eyes — how they twinkled! He breathed a deep sigh!
His face was so red, his BP clearly too high!
Still, behind him soon did appear,
An ambulance-sized sleigh loaded with Step study gear.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to the ED,
And asked the head nurse to refill his ARB,
Then, laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the elevator he rose;

He strode through the wards, passing out Qmax and Flash Facts galore,
While gunners ran beside, shouting wishes for perfect Step exam scores.
The rest of us gaped and grinned as we grasped,
A free, three-month subscription to Step 1 Express.

This guy was laughing and happy, a right jolly old elf,
And I knew when I saw him, I’d pass my next shelf;
With First Aid for the USMLE books, I’d have knowledge in my head,
And with such great study guides, I had nothing to dread;

He passed out his last batch of study tools, and sprang to his sleigh
Turned on the siren and fired up the bay;
I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

What’s Your Learning Type: Part 2 – The MBTI Approach to Learning


By Mark Ard

What’s Your Learning Type Part 2This is the second part in a series on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Read part one here.

Last time we talked about Extraversion vs. Introversion and Judgers vs. Perceivers. The key message was that we tend to be more comfortable in either action and expression or reservation and contemplation. We are energized when we seek environments that harmonize with our preferences. Furthermore, we tend to thrive in either chaos or order and seek to organize our lives in patterns that bring us peace.

Now we move to the Sensor vs. iNtuitive dichotomy. This is a question about how you gather and relate to information and therefore is the single most important learning type to understand for the preclinical years. (more…)

A Guide to Getting Publications and Presentations in Med School


By Tim Durso

A Guide to Getting Publications and Presentations in Med SchoolIf you’re a medical student, you’ve probably that research is important to getting a competitive residency position. Sometimes it feels like if you don’t have ten first author publications by the end of first year, you’ll end up practicing rural medicine in Topeka, Kansas (not that there’s anything wrong with that). For those of you looking to get involved in research, I have put together a list of things that I’ve learned throughout my first three years of school that helped me get involved in productive research.


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…)

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