Archive for January 2011

Internal Medicine – 今までの話

January 23, 2011

It seems like in the blink of an eye, 12 weeks has turned into 5. This week was the beginning of the second half of my internal medicine at WHMC and things have unexpectedly shifted gears. Before I explain how, I needs must recap my experience of the first half of IM.

At Wyckoff, IM is split into two modules: service and private. For six weeks, one is part of a service team (mine was the blue team) which consists of one attending, two senior residents, 4-6 interns (first year residents) and 6-8 medical students. The team is responsible for service patients (patients who are admitted to the hospital and assigned to a random team) as well as certain private patients (usually, those who have been admitted by the attending but sometimes, just patients that are under the care of the intern and/or resident). The role of the student varies, depending largely on how willing one’s intern is to take one under his/her wing. A student may be asked to obtain clinical data, ferry samples to the lab, perform physical exams, research topics related to the patient’s condition or to present the patient during attending rounds. Basically, whatever any person on the team asks a student to do, the student must do it. Students are also required to give a 20-30 minute powerpoint case presentation related to one of the service patients for the team*. In addition, every 4 days, the team has short call (from 7 am to 7 pm), during which time, the team admits new patients from the ER. Of course, students are required to attend lectures during the day as well (this is also true for the second module). Residents and interns rotate from team to team every month, so I actually shadowed 2 interns (and thus, had two different experiences) during the service half of my rotation. (more…)

Free eBooks from Kaplan until January 10th

January 7, 2011

Here’s the deal, dear readers – Kaplan is offering select titles *free* for eBook readers like iPad (also works for iPhone & iPod Touch), B&N Nook and Sony eReader until January 10th, 2011. It’s not just USMLE Prep, there’s MCAT Prep Material, Cleveland Clinic Guides, and prep material in a host of other areas (GRE, Nursing, Legal). Find out more here.

Happy Downloading! 😀

A Medical Student’s Favorite Word [UPDATE]

January 4, 2011

Aaaand it’s free again! Hurry up and get to iBooks and download it before it’s gone. I’ll post info about more free eBooks (not just for iPhones soon.

There are few things that can bring a smile to the face of any medical student. Perhaps praise from an attending or a cancelled lecture might instantly inspire delight but in my experience, there’s one word that always does the trick:

Free.

Med students love free food. We crave free time. We are secretly thrilled by free reign. And if you’re a med student who is equipped with a fancy pocket essential known as the iPhone, I can practically guarantee you’ll turn cartwheels when you follow the following instructions:

1. Go to the app store and download iBooks

2. Go to Store and Search for Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 2 CK Qbook

3. Download.

Surprise! It’s free.

11 Resolutions for 2011

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year/明けましておめでとう/¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Apologies for the ridiculously long hiatus to all those have been wondering what has been going on with me. 4Q of 2010 had quite a few challenges – a case of hyperthyroidism that I didn’t pay attention to until I nearly fainted during attending rounds*, some disappointment from Ross, and the start of my Internal Medicine rotation at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (which I am now ⅓ of the way through). Nonetheless, I shouldn’t have left everyone hanging so long. That is why the first of my 11 resolutions for 2011 is as follows: (more…)