The Trouble with Work-Life Balance in Medicine


By Walter Wiggins

work life balanceAs physicians, we spend our days caring for others. It may not always feel like caring, particularly when dealing with a tough patient or a frustrating case; however, it is. On outpatient services, we try to help people who sometimes don’t seem very interested in helping themselves. On inpatient services, we try to alleviate suffering and, in the process, witness the human experience in ways laypeople cannot even fathom. Some days take the empathy right out of us.


Mnemonic Monday: Major Actions of Extraocular Muscles


By Haley Masterson

Have you ever struggled to remember the important actions of the trochlear, abducens, and oculomotor nerves? If so, struggle no longer – here’s a mnemonic to make your Monday a little easier.

SALT ME DOWN: Six Abducts Laterally, Trochlear acts Medially Down. The oculomotor nerve is responsible for everything else.


Med School Done Right: Be the “Pilot” of Your Study Experience – Use a Checklist


By Luke Murray

This post is a short break from the Letter of Recommendation series, and involves a little more study strategy than most of my posts, but I couldn’t help but think of it given the recent incidents with Southwestern and Asiana Airlines.Be the “Pilot” of your study experience - use a checklist

My dad has been an airline pilot for over 25 years and flew fighter jets off of aircraft carriers before then. He’s never once had an accident. Surprisingly, not only has he never had an accident, but neither have 99.99% of pilots, despite the recent news stories. Now, this statistic might be understandable if flying was easy, or if the consequences of an accident weren’t noticeable, or if the environment was consistent. But as anyone who’s sat in a plane landing at an airport during a snowstorm will admit (let alone on a pitching boat at night in the driving rain) flying is neither easy, safe, nor carried out in a predictable environment.


Mnemonic Monday: Antiarrhythmics are complicated… Console yourself with a burger and fries!


By Molly Lewis

Antiarrhythmics are complicated… Console yourself with a burger and fries!In my previous antiarrhythmic post, I gave you two mnemonics to help you remember the mechanisms of action of each of the antiarrhythmic classes.

Now, while I still can’t spell the word “antiarrhythmic” (yay for spell check!), let’s see if I can help you remember the subclasses of the type I agents!

(Also, be sure to check out First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, too, for more mnemonics for the antiarrhythmics!).


DO Corner: Using OMT on Rotations


By Sean Martin

With COMLEX now behind you, it is time to start learning some clinical medicine. One area in which many osteopathic students have trouble is using OMM in the hospital. Many students are afraid to ask attendings permission to perform simple techniques. So here are a few tips to help you get the ball rolling.


IMG Perspectives: Common Reasons Why IMGs Do Not Match and How to Ensure A Spot in an American Residency


By Sarah Wesley

Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that qualified IMG applicants do not match. Having gathered information from fellow international graduates on this topic, some who have succeeded and some who have failed, I have assembled a list of common mistakes people make when applying, only to be disappointed on match day.


Mnemonic Monday: Antiarrhythmics – Just how do they work?


Antiarrhythmics how do they workBy Molly Lewis

The antiarrhythmic drugs have always been a challenge for me. In fact, just spelling the word “antiarrhythmic“ correctly is hard enough!

Here a few mnemonics to help you keep them straight!
(And be sure to check out First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book for more mnemonics for the antiarrhythmics!).


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