Time to actually start studying for this shelf... I've been messing around with my free time for too long. So much so that my classmates have coined the term "psychation." (A combination of psychiatry and vacation). Next up: family medicine... Anyone interested in family? -m
Happy Friday-Eve!!! I started to think about writing a post about med school study tips and decided to make it into a series so that I can give more in depth advices each topic 🤓 And since I have my Rheumatology Exam tomorrow, I thought I'd start off with a post on reducing exam anxiety and how to maximize the day before 🤗
1. Positivity: Visualize a positive exam experience! This will increase your confidence, help calm your nerves, and enhance your mood. It never helps to think negatively about the exam, or tell yourself that you know you are bound to fail 🙅🏻
2. Previous Exams: Think about a time that you did really well on an exam - what helped you to reach that goal and how can you use that for this exam? 🤔
3. Preparation: Remind yourself that you've worked hard and are prepared for tomorrow! It doesn't help to dwell on material you wish you spent more time on. Be proud of the preparation that you have done 👌🏼 4. Comparisons: Don't compare yourself to other students! Don't worry about what they have done. Focus on you and the things that you have done to prepare 📚
5. Opportunity: Change how you think about the exam. See it as an opportunity to show what you know, rather than a barrier designed to make you fail 📝
6. Setbacks: This likely isn't your first, and certainly won't be your last exam. Remind yourself that you have overcome setbacks before and you can do it again 🙌🏼
7. Sleep: A good night's sleep is more important than staying up and cramming! Sleep will improve your concentration, memory, and ability to problem solve the next morning 😴
8. Breathe: Take a deep breath, believe in yourself, and trust that everything is going to be okay. Because at the end of the day, a number on an exam does not define who you are 🙏🏻
Do you do any of these things before a big test? What else works for you? I'd love to know! Comment below 👇🏼
Today is International Day of the Girl - This initiative began in 2012 and this year the focus centers around empowering girls who have been victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters. Help me celebrate #DayOfTheGirl
🔹There are currently 1.1 billion girls in the world
🔹An average of 15 million girls marry before the age of 18
🔹Every 10 minutes a teenage girl dies as a result of violence
🔹130 million girls between the ages of 6-17 are not in school --------------------------
Girls can like makeup and sports. Fashion and education. Girls deserve the opportunity to pursue an education. I challenge you, today and everyday, to remind the girls in your life that they are powerful, that they matter, and that they are an essential part of our future ( @refinery29 ) I have tagged some women who inspire me each and every day. Comment below and tell me why you think #girlsbelonghere Let's spread awareness and keep pushing, advocating, and fighting for girls and their rights to achieve 💪🏼
Are you ready to put your clinical reasoning skills to the test?!? 🤓
A 45 year old male presents to your clinic with cough and hemoptysis (coughing up blood). He has a history of frequent epistaxis (nosebleed) and nasal crusts, recurrent sinus congestion, arthralgia (joint pain), and fatigue. ▪️
Upon physical exam you note palpable purpura on the lower extremities, crackles bilaterally in all lung fields, inflammation of the nasal mucosa, and hearing loss. ▪️
A CT of the patient's thorax shows diffuse infiltrate throughout all air fields. Labs demonstrate elevated WBCs, anemia, elevated creatinine, and hematuria (blood in urine). Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are present in a cytoplasmic pattern with specific antibodies to PR3. ▪️
What is your diagnosis? What is your recommended treatment strategy at this point? Comment below and I'll give you the answer later on this evening!
Being a med student doesn't allow for much free time. How do you spend your days when you aren't studying or on rotations? Hiking, spending time with family/friends, enjoying a spa day or something else relaxing and fun?
By request - Spinal fusion!
A surgical technique in which one or more of the vertebrae of the spine are united together (“fused”) so that motion no longer occurs between them.
There are many surgical approaches and methods available to fuse the spine, and they all involve placement of a bone graft between the vertebrae. The spine may be approached and the graft placed either from the back (posterior approach), from the front (anterior approach) or by a combination of both.
The ultimate goal of fusion is to obtain a solid union between two or more vertebrae.
Fusing of the spine is used to eliminate pain caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae by immobilizing the faulty vertebrae themselves.