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Why do you think those two are hugging and crying? my resident asks as we watch our attending embrace a man about his age. It’s because one year ago that patient was given four months to live. I saw him then, he looked like he was on his deathbed.

No one knew what he had

But our attending figured it out. He diagnosed him.

It was a rare form of leukemia.

You know it’s rare when Google’s feeble attempts to help out only turns up a handful of journal articles.

Do you know how he knew?

He read an article about it a few weeks before.

Everyone laughed at him, but he remembered that article and demanded we run the tests.

Turns out, he was right.

Never forget, reading saves lives.

To the first years, just staring out your med school journey, not sure why they signed up for this. To those who just finished boards, and never want to pick up a text book again. To the premeds, who just want to finish up their pre reqs and get to medical school already. To the spouses, who wonder if they will ever see their significant others without a textbook again.

This is why we do it.

This is why we stay up past our bedtimes.

And wake up before the sun.

This is why we memorize overly complicated pathways until we can do them in our sleep.

Why we can name every class of antibiotic, even those no one uses anymore.

This is why we push ourselves to be better every day than we were the last.

Why we put our lives on hold.

Not for more letters to put behind our name.

Not for some number on a score sheet.

Not because mom told us to.

We do it because one day, a day that will occur far faster than we are ready for, we’ll have our own patients.

One day someone will come in and ask you “so doc, what is it.” And you’ll say to yourself, I know this.

So when the tediousness of studying gets you down, don’t forget:

Reading saves lives.

This feels like it needs epic music to go with it. 

Compose the music and I’ll sing this from the rooftops.

(In all seriousness — this is an important reminder for all physicians and healthcare providers, before/during/after school/exams/residency/beyond!)


Anonymous asked:

Tips on studying physiology?


Well, I think i can give you some advice on that, physiology was my best subject!! !!


1. Print you class slides if you have them: 


Our physiology teacher provided us with the slides he used to explain the lessons before he gave them, so it’s better if you print them, have a look at them, and try to find the definition of terms you think are important. Then you can ask more questions in that class than you would if you attended it without any work already done. That way you’ll feel more secure, at least that worked for me!!!

2. Work. Your. Notes: 

This is maybe the best advice I can give you. After your classes, take time that afternoon to go through your notes and complete them, point out things you don’t understand, questions you want to ask… I used to leave a space between notes to draw the graphics myself


As you can see, I draw the flow charts and the graphics and then I attach to it some or piece of paper that I just staple or glue in the corner so I can move it to see the notes below. Here are some more examples: 






As you can see, I worked really hard with this notes. They may seem a bit hectic, but I understood everything perfectly and I did pretty well in my physiology exam. I also dated my notes and marked them with a page number, so everything was always in order. Your notes don’t need to look pretty or extremely organized as long as you understand what you’re writing and you are working with them so it pays off in the final result!! If you work your notes, you’ll have to reason, to make connections, to really understand everything, and there’s just something about pen and paper than gets things in your brain more easily. At least, that works better for me!! 

3. If you have doubts, consult the almighty Guyton: 

I find it better to try and solve your doubts before asking a teacher, because that way you have to think really hard and maybe you’ll come to a conclusion. If you think things yourself, you’ll notice that you remember everything much much better!!

You can buy a copy of the Guyton book of physiology here and here (follow the second link, it’s cheaper in book depository!!!) There’s also this cute companion which seems useful, and the review book!! Another revue book here! (this last one is an ebook, so it’s pretty cheap). 

4. Use some good apps:

I didn’t use any apps when I studied physiology, but here are some good ones:

If you are an android user:

If you are an apple user: (you have a lot here, just try some of them and decide which one works better for you!!)  

5. Revise as much as you can: 

Revising your notes, for example, every weekend, will help you to remember and understand everything better, because the more we visit a brain connection, the stronger it gets! 

6. Study with questions: 

Once you’ve studied, answering some questions will help you notice if you understood everything. Here are some good pages:

7. Color!!!!: 

I haven’t used this yet, but I can’t wait to buy it and have fun! Who said studying couldn’t be fun?? 

Well, this is everything I have to say for now, I hope this helped you!! If you have any more questions, you can always come back to me! :D 

completely agree! find out what works for you if you remember everything better with flow charts, use them. If drawings work better for you then use them. It really depends on how you in particularly learn.

I use a LOT of flow charts because I hate looking at big block of text that I can understand better in a flow chart


Anonymous asked:

URGENT!!! I'm in danger of failing. I am trying to learn somatosensory stuff for neuro. I've tried going through the tracts over and over, and while other things usually stick, this isn't sticking at all. Even worse, our questions for somatosensory are all lesions and all super-challenging. Do you have any tips or any resources handy? Thanks so much for your help!!!!!


Adding on to the somatosensory question - I’ve tried mapping things out (over and over), talking out loud, everything I can think of. I need either a great resource which makes this stuff make sense, or a new study strategy. If you had a way of going about it that worked, please share!

I used neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple for a lot of that stuff and I thought it was pretty helpful!! But if you need a more comprehensive resource I would recommend Basic Clinical Neuroanatomy. :) 

Other medblrs assemble? 

For me what worked were drawings, draw it 50 times and remember where it is, if it goes up to the brain or down to the muscles and what it does. That way when they ask about spinal chord injuries you have an idea of what might be affected because of the location.

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