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Clerkship Pearls – How to Get a Consultation

This is another post in the Clerkship Pearls series for medical students going through clerkship, and today I’ll be discussing How to Effectively Get a Consultation for Your Patient One of the scariest things to do as a clerk is to ask another consult service to help you with the care of your patient. A […]

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Mystery Tuesday Visitors

One of the neatest things about running a website/blog is all the interesting information you can extract from your visitors. Whether it’s how many people are visiting your website, what search terms they used to find your site, or who’s linking back, Google Analytics let’s you track this all easily. I’ve posted above a snapshot […]

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A Malaria Vaccine at Last!

In case you haven’t heard yet, they announced today in a paper published in NEJM that scientists have created the world’s first malaria vaccine. This is a landmark paper that will mark a major victory against malaria. The vaccine called RTS, S/AS01 Mosquirix was developed by Joe Cohen, a GSK research scientist over the last […]

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Medical School Thoughts Undergrad

Would You Still Be a Doctor if You Didn’t Get Paid as Much

Would you still pursue medicine if the pay was much less? What if it paid nothing at all? If money wasn’t an issue, would you still be doing what you are doing today? This is a question I came across today and had me thinking. Right now as a medical student, I “work” anywhere from […]

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Medical School Undergrad

The Medical Hamsterwheel

Choosing a career of medicine is very much like running in a hamster wheel, except it’s not that easy to get off. The process of training to become a doctor is quite long. Usually 4 years in an undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical school, 2 to 5 years of residency, a few more years […]

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Clerkship Medical School

Clerkship Pearls – How to Present a Patient Case Effectively

Presenting a case is an essential skill every medical student will have to master. In fact, it is one of the few things you can easily do to impress your preceptors and staff doctors. It’s a visible and tangible thing that can set you apart from your peers and can distinguish you from an average […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadian readers out there. I’ve finally gotten around to adding a (RSS Feed) subscription button on the sidebar. For new and regular readers, subscribing is probably the best way to receive new blog posts and updates. It’s simple and fast, and you can get updates either by email or a […]

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Giving It Your Best

I’ve been quite irked at people/humanity lately. I’m not angry with patients, the sick or their family members, more like people that work in the service industry. I’m not sure if it’s burn-out or the fact that I’m giving my clinical work my best effort everyday, but I find it disheartening to find crappy service […]

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The Physical Exam

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Verghese ever since I heard about the Stanford 25 a few years ago. The Stanford 25 is a list of 25 physical examinations that all clinicians should be able to perform. As of right now, I think I can do probably 23/25 with the scrotal exam and bedside ultrasound […]

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Clerkship Pearls – Writing a Note Pt 2

In my previous post, I went over the essentials you should include in every note you write as a clinical clerk. Items such as date, time, identification, signatures and writing with dark colors, technique and legibly should always be enforced. For Part 2, I’ll go over quickly how to write a note so it will […]