Category: Opinion

Feb 18 2014

Top 5 Best Free Weight Loss Apps

With the New Year already in full swing, you may be finding it hard to keep those resolutions. The great thing is, if you have a smart phone, you are carrying a mobile weight loss coach with you all day. Below are our “Top 5 Best Free Weight Loss Apps” to help you stay on …

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Feb 16 2014

Top 10 Books for Internal Medicine Residency

Online medical resources such as UpToDate and Medscape are being used more and more by physicians, residents, and med students. These databases allow clinical information to be looked up at a glance and are very convenient to use. However, in-print resources are still a very important part of medical training and will never be obsolete. …

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Feb 12 2014

Top 5 Personal Finance Resources for Medical Students and Residents

I have written before on the topic of Personal Finance for Medical Students and Residents. This topic can be very overwhelming as there are lots of resources out there, but very few are directed towards physicians. Below are the “Top 5 Personal Finance Resources for Medical Students and Residents” I have compiled that have been …

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Jul 15 2012

How to Write a SOAP Note or Progress Note

Sample SOAP Progress Note Template

A SOAP Note, aka Progress Note is the daily record of a patient’s time in the hospital. SOAP is a mnemonic to remember the different components of this note. It stands for Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan. The Subjective section is for everything the patient tells you, the Objective section is for documenting your findings …

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Jun 22 2012

Reminder: Special Direct Consolidation Loans End June 30, 2012

Just a reminder to all recent medical school graduates that the deadline to apply for the Special Direct Consolidation Loan is June 30, 2012. If you haven’t applied already, it’s not too late. I think if you can take advantage of this opportunity, you should. If you are eligible you should have received an email …

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Feb 17 2012

Top 10 Clinical Criteria/Scoring Systems for Internists and Medical Students

Clinical scoring systems, clinical criteria, and clinical prediction rules are used widely in medicine and academics. They are used to aid physicians in their clinical decision making and finalizing a diagnosis. Although they should never be used in place of a physician’s sound clinical judgment, they are great clinical tools and methodologies used to organize …

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Feb 10 2012

Top 10 Things Medical Students Should Have in Their White Coats

Medical students’ white coats are short, but still have a lot of pockets to carry necessary supplies. These white coats are notorious for becoming heavy, so I have come up with the “Top 10 Things Medical Students Should Have in Their White Coats,” to help lighten the load. 1. Pens. Write notes, take notes, and …

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Feb 10 2012

How to Excel on an Internal Medicine Sub-Internship Rotation

Once you have decided that you want to match into an internal medicine residency, you should try to schedule as many sub-internship or “audition” rotations as possible. Definitely schedule these at your top program choices, and then try to do more at other programs that you are interested in knowing more about. The optimal time …

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Dec 11 2011

Medical Buzzwords are Convenient, but it is Important to Remember the Underlying Meaning

This week I started a new series of posts called “Bury the Buzzword.” I already explained what this series will entail in its first post, but I think the subject of medical buzzwords deserves further thought. Buzzwords are not exclusive to the medical profession, but I would venture to say that they are not as …

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Dec 03 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: Lipitor (atorvastatin) Goes Generic But Not Without Controversy

This week there was not very much interesting material from my clinical experience to write about, so I decided to post on a noteworthy and attention-grabbing topic in the news this week. Pfizer’s patent on Lipitor expired this week on Wednesday, November 30, but not without some questionable and unparalleled tactics from Pfizer itself. Lipitor …

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