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10 Axioms for a Lifetime of Learning in Medicine (taken from my radiology textbook)
  1. If you like it, you’ll learn it; so learn to like it. 
  2. Principles are as important as fats. If you master the principles, you an make up the facts.
  3. You learn better when you know your goals. If you don’t know where you’re going, says the Talmud, all roads will take you there. But if you do know, you’ll get there much quicker. 
  4. Follow your cases. I’ve learned and remembered more by follow-up than any other way. 
  5. Like sex, learning is better if you are actively involved. When you read, talk back to the author. Be skeptical. Don’t follow authorities too closely or you may become a Brown Nose Duck, he can fly as fast as the leader, but can’t stop as quick.
  6. Reinforcement is essential for acquiring knowledge. But don’t reinforce by simple repetition: use some other method other than the original way you learned it. See a case, look it up, read an article, ask a question.
  7. Reward is important for learning. Show off what you know. Brag a little. Speak up in class. Tell your spouse or sweetheart, tell your colleagues, don’t bother telling your friends - you won’t have any. 
  8. Different people learn by different methods. Figure out your own best method and cater to it, whether it be reading, listening, observing, or doing, or a combination of these. Don’t depend on great teachers. They are as rare as great students.
  9. Quick retrieval of once acquired information is crucial. The home computer is ideal but other good retrieval methods are available. Create your own personal modification ad keep improving it. Without a recall system you are a “loser” , an old man with a stuck zipper.
  10. Divide your study time into prime time, work time, and sleepy time. Biorhythms vary widely among students, so develop your own study schedule. Don’t watch television during prime time and don’t read medicine during sleepy time. 

You can find the text book here. It’s actually amazing for learning chest imaging. 

By Felson, B. Humor in Medicine, 1989; RHA Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio


Re: my post earlier

Some of you may not know what I look like, so here’s just a random assortment of pictures of me from the past few months. (Don’t roast me too hard lol)

The smoke was thick and white, like a cloud had been taken and rolled into a thin line. It’s movements were fluid however, and it danced. Danced betwixt the candle-maker’s fingers and played along with the movements they gave. It lingered and spiralled and spun and drifted. The flame of the candle flickered, but was stable -it was when kept the smoke strong. 

The candlemaker’s eyes were closed, questionable as to whether they could even feel the smoke there, playing with them like a ballroom partner. And yet, the candlemaker seemed content. As the bell on the shop door went, their eyes snapped open, having for a moment gotten lost in the sensation of smoke to their skin and having sworn that they had left the sign on closed. They cleared their throat and blew the flame away, turning towards the shopfloor for the customer. “It may be useful for you to know that we are currently closed and that that door should be locked.”

A Song of Grace and War ||Closed||


Rebekah just wanted the chance to be free of the circumstances life had thrown her.

Banished from the land where she was rightfully royalty, Rebekah was the last of her line, now merely a beggar with only her family name and title left to her.

She was taken in by a lord of the city, Argyle, and he was helping take care of her. She knew he expected her to show him favor when she came into her throne, and she would deal with it when the time came.

She was to get a new guard today, a well trained man around her age.

Rebekah looked up from where she was in the garden, having heard footsteps.

It was Lord Argyle, with the young man she’d assumed would be her new personal guard.