Calico

As soon as I read Time Magazine's recent article about Google's newest business venture: Calico, I knew I had to write a post about it. In case you missed it, the world famous company behind everyone's favorite search engine is launching Calico in order to find novel ways to extend human life span (which currently sits at roughly 78.6 years in the United States).

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The Devil Wears Scrubs

Freida McFadden's, The Devil Wears Scrubs, hysterically narrates the first few weeks of Dr. Jane McGill’s internship. Poetically it begins with the ominous threat: “They say every physician has a graveyard. Mine may eventually contain Dr. Alyssa Morgan. Watch out, Alyssa." Dr. Alyssa Morgan is the senior resident in charge of...yep you guessed it, our favorite intern: Jane McGill. Starting residency as a practicing physician is full of firsts for Jane. She is called Doctor McGill for the first time. She learns that eating, and using the bathroom are luxuries she rarely gets to enjoy. And quite glamorously, Jane examine lots of butts as a medical intern (which is something I learn to do next month...)

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The Step 1 Diaries

I would consider apologizing for my absence the last couple of weeks, but I have been too busy trying to crawl out from under the weight of my course work. First year was sort of nice because they kind of took it easy on students for the first couple of weeks (at least at my school). However as an MS2, the first day consisted of an hour orientation followed by 4 straight info-dense lectures. The information overload hasn't stopped since. Interestingly, one of the few things covered during orientation was an introduction to the first step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), which will now forever be known on this blog as Step 1 or the Boards. The most popular posts I have ever written are about the MCAT, and now with less than 10 months to go before I sit for an even bigger exam, I want to officially start a new feature on this blog: "The Step 1 Diaries."

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How I Spent the Summer Between MS1 and MS2

First off, you all should know that at my medical school, the summer between MS1 and MS2 is the last "free" summer of my working life. I am writing this about a month before starting my second year, which then begins the long and arduous road towards Step 1 and the wards. It is hard to believe that soon June, July, and August may never have such a sweet connotation to me. Being a student and having my summers off is the only thing I know! However, I am not bitter (or at least not too bitter). This summer has been productive, amazing, preparatory, and relaxing. There is no consensus about how to spend the summer after the first year of medical school, but I think I did it right.

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The Rod of Asclepius

I am a big fan of Greek mythology and stories. I remember my dad and mom reading me the classic stories before bed when I was a kid, and recently I reread the adult versions of some of these tales. References to Greek mythology are everywhere, especially in medicine. Which reminds me...if your college offers it, take a course on medical terminology (you're the man Dr. Pluta!) - learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words of diseases and body systems is incredibly useful come medical school.

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