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July 17, 2015

Step 2 CS – Atlanta Experience

I took my CS two days ago in Atlanta. Here's my two cents:

Prep Materials

I used one thing and one thing only to prepare for this exam: First Aid Step 2 CS. Given time constraints, I did not even attempt to read the book from cover to cover--and I have no regrets. I think there are only two sections in the entire book worth reading: Introduction and Practice cases. The intro section nicely breaks down the exam and provides a detailed step-by-step guide on to how to present yourself as a competent and compassionate physician-to-be. The Practice case section is where the money is. I practiced all 44 practice cases with another medica...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

July 16, 2015

Healthcare Reform: My Modest Proposal

If America had to rebuild its healthcare system from scratch, what would that look like? It's a question I'm not sure gets asked enough. Healthcare and, specifically, insurance has long been a problem in the US because it's almost always a tool used for political posturin...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

July 15, 2015

What to Do With Your Last Summer?

This past semester, I thought a lot about how to spend my summer--honestly, I thought too much about it and I even knew that at the time. But that didn't stop my mind from racing. I put a lot of weight on this chunk of free time. Should I relax and just enjoy it for what ...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

July 13, 2015

A Toast to Those Who Came Before Us

I recently attended a conference in Chicago: "SMACC" (Social Media and Critical Care). It was a phenomenal conference dedicated to critical care/EM/prehospital medicine. The conference is a fantastic mix of medicine and community, whi...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

July 13, 2015

The Beginning

In four weeks, orientation will begin for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Class of 2019, and I will be one of the anxious students waiting to start a career in medicine, wondering what exactly I signed up for. As premedical students, we do the best we c...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

July 11, 2015

The Right-to-Live, the Right-to-Die

On July 3rd, the End of Life Option Act was withdrawn from the Assembly Heath Committee in California after being passed by the state Senate the month prior. This act allowed a qualified individual with capacity to make medical decisions with a terminal illness to request...

Posted By: Samuel Shapiro  

July 7, 2015

Step II Studying

Today is officially Day #2 of my Step II study period. So far, it is nothing like studying for Step I. Last year, I spent the month of June at a local coffee shop reviewing notes and flashcards and huddled on my couch completing USMLE World questions on my phone. I made s...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

July 7, 2015

Student Benefits of Attending a Conference

Medical conferences are largely considered to be an activity for Attendings and, perhaps Residents. The purpose of this blog entry is to strongly recommend that students seek out, and if possible, attend a medical conference or event geared towards your desired field of c...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

July 5, 2015

An Exciting Time for Medicine

This is actually happening. Come August, I will begin the four-year journey to becoming a physician. The MCAT scored, interview completed and accpetance letter recieved, it was a goal accomplished, a dream come true. I will learn healing and compassion, the science and th...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

July 5, 2015

A Cup a Day Shouldn't Keep the Doctor Away

This time two weeks ago, I was in France with my younger brother on vacation. We had always talked about taking a vacation just us when he graduated college, and we were finally able to make it happen. He graduated in May and had time off before starting a full-time job, and I was...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

 
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