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
You’ll quickly realize your pre-clinical years of medical school are like drinking from a fire hose. The shear amount of knowledge you gain in these two years is intense to say the least. In hindsight, I don’t think I made the best of my first two years of medical school. I constantly felt behind and … More How to Succeed in Medical School
Pediatric Clerkship at WPAFB I just recently completed my pediatric clerkship at Wright Patterson AFB and I thought I’d take a moment to discuss my experience with you. I should preface this by saying I am very fortunate that my medical school is very lenient with their military students when it comes to rotating at … More Setting up Non-ADT Rotations and my experience at WPAFB
What is the USMLE? COMLEX? All United States medical students are required to pass a three-step examination for medical licensure. Allopathic (MD) students are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) whereas Osteopathic (DO) students are required to take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). The purpose of these exams is … More Should I take USMLE Step 1?