What is COMLEX 2 Performance Evaluation (PE)? It is a 1 day exam in which each student encounters 12 standardized patients. For each patient you encounter, you have 14 minutes to complete a history and physical and 9 minutes to type a SOAP note. The day is divided into 3 sets of 4 cases, with … More How to Crush the COMLEX Level 2-PE
I woke up feeling exhausted. My first of my 4 alarms went off at 4:15 AM. I lay in bed just dreading the day ahead of me, before finally leaving the safe confines of my bed to get ready. By 4:50 AM I was in my car heading to the nursing home where I am … More Mourning the Loss of a Patient
It was about this time 2 years ago that I began freaking out anticipating heading to Commissioned Officer Training (COT). I loved my time at COT (seriously), but I felt grossly unprepared once I arrived. There were so many things I forgot to bring or just didn’t even think of bringing. Being the typical Type … More COT: How to Pack Like a Pro
If you’re a fan of the Biggest Loser you might be surprised to hear that fitness guru Bob Harper had a heart attack a few weeks ago.
Harper revealed yesterday on the Dr. Oz Show he has elevated lipoprotein A (Lp(a)) This peaked my interest because I too have elevated Lp(a). Despite being in medical school I had heard very little about Lp(a) until I began researching it.
Read on to learn more about Lp(a) and why it is so important for heart health. ❤️ … More Lipoprotein A: What is it? Why does it matter?
Stethoscope: Never leave home without it! As most services require a heart, lung and abdomen exam on every patient, carrying a stethoscope is critical to your physical exam. I purchased a charm from CharMED to easily identify my stethoscope, but other people use tape or a patient ID bracelet to mark it. Side note, I have a … More 10 White Coat Essentials
The countdown is officially on! With 5 of the 6 shelf exams under my belt, only one more shelf exam and 2 board exams stand between me and my 4th year of medical school. I decided to share what resources I used and tips for acing these shelf exams during my 3rd year. My … More A Clinical Shelf Exam Survival Guide
I am now on my 2nd of 8 weeks of my general surgery rotation. I thought I would share some of the tips that are helping me get through this rotation so far 🙂 Invest in a good alarm clock: I have been spoiled in my past 10 months of rotations, with most of my … More 10 Tips to Survive a Surgical Clerkship
America: the land of the over nourished and home of the unhealthy. Despite big box gyms in every city, numerous fad diets, and size 0 models as the epitome of beauty, all America has to show for our skinny-obsessed society is expanding waistlines and rising medical bills. What could possibly be to blame for this … More The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers
When I was in undergrad, I used to tell myself that everything would get better if I got accepted into medical school. I thought the sacrifices I was making to become a competitive medical school candidate were temporary. All the late nights spent in the library, the parties missed due to having to work overnight … More What I Sacrificed to Become a Doctor
Within 5 minutes of my first day of my neurology rotation, I was given a consult on a 45 year old female who had been drooling for a couple of days. She had gone to the dentist for a tooth implant the week before and ever since she felt like the corner of her mouth … More Breaking Bad News