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Step 1 Is Coming

2014 April 3
by Aaron

With Step 1 just over 10 weeks away, I think it is time to get pumped. Coming off Spring Break, I know that I could use some encouragement. “The Man in the Arena” was a speech delivered by Teddy Roosevelt almost 104 years ago in Paris, France. The most famous portion of the speech goes something like this:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Excuse me, I have to go run through a brick wall, then I will resume Step 1 studying.

The White Coat Investor Book Review

2014 March 6

white coat investorDr. James Dahle is an Emergency Medicine physician who practices in Utah. He also is the owner and editor of The White Coat Investor, which is one of the most successful and widely-read financial blogs out there. Dr. Dahle wants to help physicians get a “fair shake” on Wall Street, and his website/book are tailored for those working in healthcare: medical students, residents, practicing physicians, dentists, etc. I was lucky enough to receive two signed copies from the author (one of which I will be giving away!), however this is an honest review as we have no financial relationship. 

I finished The White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing in two sittings. Although I have some knowledge and a previous interest in the world of finance, this book is accessible for even the biggest novice. This is ultimately the book’s greatest achievement. Most of us in medical school or practicing medicine do not have the time or energy (or desire) to read a book about money and retirement. However, Dr. Dahle does a great job of breaking down this incredible complicated topic into relevant, easy to digest chapters. read more…

What Is A Clinical Vignette?

2014 February 21
by Aaron

clinical vignetteThe USMLE Step 1 is becoming more and more clinically oriented. To be honest, I can’t really argue with this change. The point of medical school is to produce clinicians, not robots that spit out rate-limiting enzymes (although there are plenty of questions about those too). After sampling a couple question banks this school year, I would estimate that 75% of questions involve a clinical vignette. Before medical school, I am pretty sure I had never even heard the words clinical vignette or pathognomonic so if you are also unfamiliar with the terms, read on! read more…

The 6 Things to Consider When Choosing Healthcare Software

2014 February 4
by Aaron

healthcare IT

Patrick Randolph, the founder of QueueDr, a simple yet innovative way of filling canceled doctor’s appointments was kind enough to write a guest post about healthcare IT (information technology). I think this is super valuable information for anyone interested in owning their own practice or operating hospital infrastructure. I have seen firsthand how poorly some physicians take to technology, especially electronic health records. The future of healthcare is technology so read ahead and follow @QueueDr on Twitter. 

Doctors not only have be caretakers, but they also have to be lawyers, marketing experts, and techies. As a healthcare IT entrepreneur I spend all day talking to doctors and their staff. One problem I see is that doctors have trouble identifying which product is the right one. Here is a guide (IMHO and in no particular order) of what to analyze when looking at a product. read more…

American Medical Student Research Journal

2014 January 13
by Aaron

AMSRJA week ago, I was approached about a “journal by medical students, for medical students,” and this immediately piqued my interest. With the majority of published research placed behind pay walls and becoming increasing esoteric, I am all for a new research publishing model. The following is a guest post by Nadine Kaskas, the Editor-in-Chief of the American Medical Student Research Journal (and current 3rd year at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine). 

The ability to analyze, critique, and use research in practice is essential to master evidence-based medicine and deliver the best possible care to patients. A group of committed medical students have established the American Medical Student Research Journal (AMSRJ) to promote interest in research among their peers as well as provide a platform for the development of critical thinking skills needed for clinical success. read more…

What Is Vascular Medicine?

2014 January 9
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by Aaron

vascular medicineThe following is a guest post from a doc who practices vascular medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (not too shabby) and also blogs at angiologist.com. He was kind enough to write about this somewhat unknown field, and I highly suggest you follow him on Twitter: @Angiologist

The term “vascular medicine” seems like something that should explain itself. It is the field of medicine that deals with blood vessels, right? Well…yes and no. Vascular Medicine (at least in the United States) is something of a ‘pan-specialty’ (as opposed to a sub-specialty). In the following paragraphs I try and explain what the field is all about, how to become a vascular medicine specialist, and what a typical day in the life of a practitioner looks like. read more…