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In response to yesterday's question...

A lovely reader asked for recommendations for good med blogs to follow, and while I think I follow many great ones, I realized something:

You all probably know better than I do what’s good out there! Power in numbers, right?


So let’s help this reader, me (because I’m always interested in following cool new blogs), and perhaps even more readers out there!

What are some of your favorite medical blogs? They can be written by a someone in the healthcare profession, medical science, whatever you think we should all know about! :)

A few of my favorite med tumblrs, to get this party started:

cranquis, wayfaringmd, medicalstate, thenotquitedoctor, aspiringdoctors, ermedicine, wifeofadocstar (not a doc herself, but she gets it), descantforhope, clerkshipproject, baffledinbrooklyn, blue-lights-and-tea, ninjatengu, rinnyssance, imaresident, thecheerfulmedic, numberneededtotreat, themedicalchronicles, hartmd, mylifeismedschool 

I KNOW I AM MISSING A TON MORE, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. 

anonymous asked:

recommend any good blogs / writers on tumblr plz?

Perfect timing is perfect Anon, you may not see this but I will def use this list.


The Messenger of God said “…. we are with those whom we love, a persons character is of his companions ..”

Timothy Ferris (Silicon Valley’s Golden Child) said the best advice he received  was “You are an average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”  -Jim Rohn said it originally,

but the proof is the pudding, If you want to be a good writer, follow other becoming good writers, motivated individuals, that share your journey. 

So My favorite male writers are

When he writes, He Writes.  Once you see past all the bullshizzle. 

The Man. Highly motivated and passionate underneath all the pizza 

One of my Hero’s, seriously. Educated Academic by day, Capri Sun drinking Jazz Dancer by night. Also he has lived a lot of life, and his insight is vast. He’s also got a PHD?, and I mean the degree, not the thing in his pants. 


Osama has done wonders, with just a simple blog, He works hard, He puts in time, He stays Genuine and Coherent, and Keeps his Goal in mind, which is vital, Also he can take a joke or 7, which is also vital.
He’s also another Hero of mine and a friend. Which is weird because you should never meet your hero’s but he never ceases to live up to expectations(that may be problematic for me since he’s only human..nonetheless, go follow).


If your going to learn one thing from Tom, let it be his manners. His etiquette is superb. A true gentleman. 

Hussein&Ali are passionate, and with that passion they take action, Which is very important, I group them to show that though their disciplines and interests are different they “do work son”

Another gentleman, I would urge you to follow. Motivated, Hard working successful individual (say Mashallah). 

Now just for writers, females that I admire, because their words, leave me wordless. I don’t know how to Praise Lily. I’m in love with everything she says.

Same thing here, lot more pretty pictures, but excellent poetry.  

Despite the I HATE MEN vibe, Dalia is super smart, and really smart, did I mention that?  I always read everything she writes, because It’s all killer no filler.

Im not a politics guy, so I gain perspective, and how to write with a purpose from Ghandi over here. It’s uber professional, not a personal blog. 

This is my tumblr wife. (jk but not really) When home girl posts its legit, but you have your normal teenage girl stuff. She does a mean Kardashian impersonation though.

More pretty pictures, but motivated individual. You want that. Young and vibrant. 

Mena is like female Party til Fajr in the making, and I like her because she’s open minded and and understands the world is not black and white, therefore, it’s law’s should not be. Valuable perspective, excellent writing. 


       I just really really really Love Lyla and Blu’s aestehtic, and Blaqk2’s 
Plus the lifestyle, has some booty(warning) but really really good advice. 


and Im learning more Yoga so I try all of these (gonna get my certification soon God willing)

Preparing for Emergency Medicine.

Another rotation, another pocket book. I am starting to run out of colours that I can use for my pocket books. The series only had a handful of choices to pick from and I think there may only be two or three more sets produced by Moleskine. I will have to see how the next few rotations go. I may have to reuse a colour, which is not ideal.

in response to medicalstate in response to how hard was it to get into medical school

in response to medicalstate’s post (after the jump)

i wish i could reblog this.

i just completed one year of medical school and in that year, there had been countless times that not only i, but many of my classmates, doubted our abilities or whether we belonged or even deserved to be where we were. these are thoughts that i never thought would cross my mind when pursuing such a dream, but i think the fact that such high achieving individuals that have been through so much to get to where they are (as you have described) and will continue doing so much to stay where they are, did indeed have moments of doubt and defeat, speaks to not just the academic but also the mental and emotional rigors of pursuing medicine.

i say all that, because in that rigor and in that exhaustion, it is easy to dismiss or to downplay the journey that brought us to those days filled with hope– the letter of acceptance, the white coat ceremony, the first day with our cadaver– and to almost brush aside the effort we put in to earn our place, because the challenge and the effort have become second nature. so, i know you were simply answering this person’s question honestly and openly, (to that person: medicalstate did not exaggerate a single thing) and i can tell you were not trying to make it seem like it was some great almost superhuman feat but rather expressing the truth of the matter. in doing that, you provided me and i’m sure many other medical students, with a much needed reminder and a validation of what we did to be where we are, to deserve it, and to cherish it as we move forward. 

from medicalstate:

How hard was it to get into medical school? Any advice for someone who is pursuing an undergraduate in biology and thinking about going to medical school afterward?— Asked by pewpewninjastar

Medical school was very hard to get into and even harder once you are in medical school. The application itself takes a year to complete and what you dedicate to that are experiences and grades over many years. We are talking about building a well rounded application that reflects who you are.

On top of that, let us not forget the academics. The pre-requisite classes must be completed and meet the minimum standards of the institution. The average they consider may not be just for the past year but over many years, meaning you must always be at the top of your game.

The MCAT is probably the first time you will ever write an exam of that size and breadth and it is physically and mentally taxing and requires months of lead up preparation.

With all of that out of the way, there is the interview process that is in itself stressful in its own right. While there are no right or wrong answers, there are definite bad answers. When you are surrounded by other applicants in a holding room waiting for things to begin, you can really start to get nervous and anxious.

To keep this brief, my advice would be to keep your goals in mind, try to enjoy yourself, finding experiences and activities you like, and to keep on top of your grades as much as you can. Every person has a different background with their own share of experiences; it is difficult to have a metric to measure that. However, when people are required to take certain courses and metrics are already established, a faculty definitely pays attention to those numbers. For more, you can read the pages in my index.

anonymous asked:

I'm in a long distance relationship with an orthopedic surgery resident. I'm in healthcare (not medical doctor) so i know how patient care is demanding. I know time issues and sometimes distance affects residents and their relationships. Do you have any tips or know how your classmates/colleagues dealt with this? Thanks.

I love getting relationship questions. You know, since I’ve never been in one and all. 

Anywho… I know cranquis and medicalstate did the long distance thing with their wives for a while, and cranquis has written several posts about this you should check out. Their advice is going to be much better than mine because it comes from experience. Mine will come from observation only. 

The folks I know who did the LDR thing well did the following:

1. they moved slowly and didn’t make huge relationship decisions without first reconnecting in person

2. they valued each others’ time. They scheduled time together and considered each other’s schedule limitations.

3. they acknowledged the not-so-ideal nature of their relationship and dealt with it’s challenges as they came

4. they communicated well. They kept in touch with letters, Skype dates, scheduled phone calls, and surprise visits. They talked about their worries and fears and their struggles with being apart, as well as the mundane day to day things that they missed doing together.

5. they functioned well independently of one another. They had separate and shared friends and hobbies. It’s hard to be clingy in a LDR. That seems to lead to jealousy and mistrust. Those who made it trusted each other when they were apart and also didn’t give the other person a reason to doubt them.

6. they started the relationship together and built a strong foundation before they were separated. I can imagine that building a brand new relationship long distance would be much harder than continuing an established one that way. It would be a lot harder to be yourself long distance than when your SO is face to face with you. 

irandommomentsdevida  asked:

A medblr has been knocked unconscious! Tell me how it was done and who did it - Clue style! (Like, Mrs. White in the dining room with the candlestick)

I have been waiting SO LONG to do this one! And finally I have the time!

So you say a medblr has been knocked unconscious, huh? No doubt at the strange but wonderful hospital princeton-medbloro! Of course, here are my suspicions:

  • Our ex-Dean, cranquis, in the PMTH pillow fort wing, with a Gregory House MD cane!
  • Or perhaps our other Emeritus, morebaffledlessbrooklyn, in the peds clinic, with a giraffe-shaped reflex hammer!
  • What about our current Dean, wayfaringmd, in the elevator with a stethoscope?
  • Let’s not underestimate aspiringdoctors, in the urgent care with a penlight!
  • Or ladykaymd in the OR with a Bovey!
  • ermedicine in the ER (OF COURSE) with an oxygen tank!
  • irandommomentsdevida in the hospital cafeteria with a Highly Questionable Donut!
  • medicalstate in the hallway of the medicine wards with a notebook!
  • modernathena90 in the neuro ICU with the tuning forks!
  • Of course I’m also concerned about some of those pre-meds shadowing in PMTH: kyidyl in the CCU with a blood pressure cuff!

I’m obviously missing SO MANY PEOPLE.

GUYS. WHO ELSE WOULD BE SO DEVIOUS?

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This is the story of a boy meets a girl.

Over the past four years, I have spoken on many occasions about my partner, our relationship, and our challenges. Given that our wedding is fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to summarize our story, and properly introduce my fiancée to everyone.

May I introduce you to Tammy, my friend, my fiancée, my love. This is our story.

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Cardiac Conduction Study.

  • SA: Sinoatrial node
  • AIT: Anterior internodal tract
  • MIT: Middle internodal tract
  • PIT: Posterior internodal tract
  • BB: Bachmann’s bundle
  • AV: Atrioventricular node
  • BH: Bundle of His
  • RB: Right bundle branch
  • LB: Left bundle branch
  • CP: Conduction pathways

In order to produce an efficient contraction to pump blood, the heart relies upon its electrical conduction system to synchronize its actions between the four chambers.

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A Word with Residents

To the newly minted physicians, congratulations. You have earned your stripes through the groundwork laid ahead. Now you get a chance to practice the medicine that you have chosen for the rest of your career. 

I can remember the excitement and fear that gripped me at this moment. It had happened twice before - once at the start of medical school; the other before third year. This time is different. The safety nets have been pulled back and for the first time in your training, you will be entrusted with more responsibility and autonomy to employ the skills you have learned. It can be a scary transition.

In addition to all the other tips I had shared before (Years One, Two, Three, Four), here are a few more:

  1. Look after yourself. Life as a resident can be rough. You are responsible for the patients you see, the pathologies you encounter, and the junior members of your team - all while needing to maintaining your own health. Know your limits and set boundaries. Carve out time for yourself and your family or friends. 
  2. Read. Memorize. Practice. Repeat. A continuation of what is expected as a medical student, read around the cases you see and learn about them. Make the most of every patient you encounter.
  3. Opportunities. If you know you are interested in - or more importantly -deficient in something, seek it out. Ask to see those cases, to practice those skills. Residency passes you by quickly. This will be your last chance to practice those skills before you are in practice on your own.
  4. Literature review. As you get closer to practice, knowing the latest guidelines and standards of care is critical. Read the information online, from a journal, or through subscription. Find what works for you.
  5. Ask for help. Every year, there are members in training who suffer from depression, burnout, or tragically, suicide. If you are struggling, talk to someone. The burden of residency can be high and it can take its toll if you are not careful. Have a family member, friend, or colleague on speed dial. Never be afraid to reach out.

Related posts: A Word with First Year. A Word with Second Year. A Word with Third Year. A Word with Fourth Year.