16 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Are you big fan of caffeine?

asp-md:

ladykaymd:

You have not been following this blog for very long, have you??

Follower challenge: Fill in the blank. “Katharine likes caffeine as much as ____________”.

Sample acceptable answers include:
“A fat kid likes cake”
Or
“Radiologists like the dark”

Katharine likes caffeine as much as the Medblr-verse likes cranquis sass.

(Note: Not to be pronounced as Cranquis’ ass)

Yup.

Katharine likes caffeine more than I love my cats. Probably… Probably even more than I love sexytimes.

WHOA THAT IS A LOT OK.

But does she love caffeine more than I love cheeseburgers??

16 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Who is layla?

42violethill:

Lyla. She was an FMG who came back to do her residency here in NYC, afaik. She used to post long, detailed posts about her day in the hospital, especially when she stood up for things like feminism or bad interns who took no responsibility. And she said that her brother was one of the few who was in critical condition Boston Marathon bombings, for which a bunch of the medblrs immediately messaged her to comfort her.

BUT it was all a lie. She later admitted that the posts and stories were not her own. Which was also weird because she did post a lot of photos from her personal life. Even the story about her brother was a lie.

And tbh it kinda made everyone feel bad. Especially because we all believed her and we enjoyed reading those posts (actually now I’m curious where she got them from) and rooted for her and prayed for her brother and she seemed really nice too. But no. It was all a lie. And she deleted. The end. 

Yup. To the person who asked me a similar question.

I always thought from the personal pics she had a weird amount of free time for a resident.

Don’t forget towards the end she was also in a coma from being hit by a car on her bike and her ‘fiance’ took over for a minute.

16 4 / 2014

jo-calls-crows:

love at first sight with Trite planiceps


I honestly think most spiders are cute and I try not to kill them. Rember the spider-bro meme? I took that to heart.

jo-calls-crows:

love at first sight with Trite planiceps

I honestly think most spiders are cute and I try not to kill them.

Rember the spider-bro meme? I took that to heart.

(via scientificillustration)

16 4 / 2014

modernathena90:

randommomentsdevida:

Get Your Vaccs (a Let it Go parody) incomplete

aspiringdoctors, I love you. 

I scroll down my dashboard tonight
So many puppies to be seen
Then I spy a litter of kittens,
I wanna take them home with me

Then I see a post from some anti-vaxxers
Just what is this stupid shit I see

They say that these, vaccinations
cause long and short term complications
They claim these vaccs will hurt the kids
What the fuck is this?

Get your vaccs
Get your vaccs
Get your fucking vaccinations!
Get your vaccs
Get your vaccs
They’re designed to keep you alive

I don’t care
What those hack studies say
Get your vaccinations
Unless you wanna kill some people anyway

It’s funny how some people
Won’t believe in EBM [evidence-based medicine]
They’d rather trust some post they saw
Last night on facebook. 

aspiringdoctors, welcome to the wonderful world of Medblr parodies. We have cookies. You get one, but the antivaxxers can’t have any.

I LOVE YOU GUYS MORST.

16 4 / 2014

I finally got on tumblr on my computer where I had those lecture slides saved. That’s the last one for now, swears. I’m annoyed as you are by now.

Because now I’ve got to start studying for my micro shelf (TOMORROW).

16 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.

restless-wafarer:

aspiringdoctors:

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You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

Have a lovely day, sugar. 

Actually there’s a lot of research and knowledge supporting the fact that vaccines are NOT necessary. It is simply another thing that today’s health system is super big on, just like hospital births and c-sections. And a lot of people actually have long term and short term complications from getting vaccines. Ahem.

Dang guys, you thought I didn’t check my activity log every now and then? Because I knew shit like this would pop up. And, I just finished my block exam and am feeling fiesty.

Actually you’re wrong. That ‘research’ is either completely fabricated OR grossly misinterprets the data OR uses shitty research techniques to get the data they want- all which are grossly unethical, in case you’re curious. I’ve got slides from a recent lecture on vaccines (aka why I am so fired up about this nonsense). You can check out the citations on each slide if you don’t believe me… something unsurprisingly missing from literally every anti-vaccine comment I’ve gotten and website that I have visited. Show me your sources, honey, and if you do, I will blow them out of the water because not a single one stands up to current scientific research standards.

There are however tomes and tomes of research for the safety end efficacy of vaccines. Don’t believe me? Look at a simple google scholar search.

So! Here we go! 

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Holy shit, it’s almost like vaccines SAVE SOCIETY MONEY. In fact, they give money back to society, along with the other programs indicated by red arrows. Which would be really weird for something that is just a healthcare fad like c-sections and hospital births.

And most people have no complications for getting vaccines, and if they do, most of them are short term. In fact, it is devilishly hard to prove an adverse effect was because of a vaccine. Why? Because it’s how we’re wired. We falsely see connections and causes where there are none (called a type 1 error; you are rejecting a true null hypothesis). People are more likely to attribute an adverse health event to a shot- even if that shot is the placebo and the numbers are just the background rate for whatever health event in the population.

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And here is a graph showing the sample sizes necessary to prove that an adverse event is caused or related to a vaccine.

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You know what, it was a really good lecture and I’m going to share more more relevant slides in case any one else feels like contradicting me.

These slides show the public health impact of vaccines. Note the differences between the historical peak and post-vaccine era deaths columns. Because saving literally thousands of lives is totally a conspiracy you should beware of.

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And this is why herd immunity is so important! See how high it has to be for measles? Guess what we’re seeing outbreaks of thanks to anti-vaxxers? Don’t forget that one of the deadly complications of measles is SSPE.

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Look how Hepatitis A infections in older adults when down after kids started getting immunized. Shocking! Could vaccines be… good for …. everyone????

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Ahem.

16 4 / 2014

ermedicine:

cranquis:

md-admissions:

That I cannot answer.

What actor do you see portraying me or any of your favorite medblrs being if med school life were a television show?

md-admissions + randommomentsdevidaimage

ermedicine

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wayfaringmd

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aspiringdoctors

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medicalstate

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baffledinbrooklyn

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And me…

Bringing this back again for how awesome it is!

AHAHAHAHA!!
I’m legit flattered.

16 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: What is it exactly that you do (job wise)?

beyondtheoath:

chinchouu:

ladykaymd:

aspiringdoctors:

modernathena90:

beyondtheoath:

I am an Osteopathic Medical Student. My job description includes: studying incessantly, occasional naps, and managing bouts of crippling stress.

Perfect summation of every med student ever.

Don’t forget the self-loathing! WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES.

Professional caffeine hunters and experts at how to say “I don’t know the answer to that question” in 18 different ways.

the sheer number of ways i can say “i don’t know” without actually saying it is astounding

It brings more credibility when you actually say “I don’t know.”

BUT I CAN LOOK IT UP = redemption??

16 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: What is it exactly that you do (job wise)?

modernathena90:

beyondtheoath:

I am an Osteopathic Medical Student. My job description includes: studying incessantly, occasional naps, and managing bouts of crippling stress.

Perfect summation of every med student ever.

Don’t forget the self-loathing! WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES.

15 4 / 2014

A cryptic message from past me in my pathoma book. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.

A cryptic message from past me in my pathoma book. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.

14 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Is being gay frowned upon in medicine? Can it hurt admissions into a school?

md-admissions:

Being gay is definitely not frowned upon in medicine. It cannot hurt your admissions, and if it does? That is both highly unethical and illegal for a medical institution to discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. 

That said, I go to a school in a state where things are pretty liberal and my classmates are very open-minded (it’s hard not to be after you see a lot of what we see. Who cares about someone’s sexual orientation when people are dying young in the hospital or you feel like you can’t save a damn person who walks through the door?). I have several wonderful classmates who are who identify within LGBTQA. No one gives them any crap for it and those who judge them know better than to open their mouths.

Professionalism is the key word in medicine. And being professional means that a colleague’s personal choices, like who they choose to be with, don’t factor in to what makes them a good physician. If an individual or institution is telling you that it does? That is a highly questionable medical school that is going to get its ass handed to them legally in the near future and I’d stay away from them anyways.

Love,

md-a

I’ve gotten similar questions, here is a perfect answer!

md-a RULES.

14 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: I'm a 16 year old girl & haven't gotten ANY shots / physicals since I was in Kindergarden . I attend public school without my vaccinations etc etc etc and my school allows me to attend with no hesitation. It's my body, my rights. I don't have to put any shit in it that I don't want to. And I'm still very healthy to this day. 5"4 118 lbs.

medicalstate:

aspiringdoctors:

Ok, y’all need to stop because this is getting embarrassing. I’m starting to lose my temper.

So just because in all your 16 years you have never gotten sick doesn’t mean that vaccines aren’t necessary. I’m 25 and I have never been in a car accident- that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to wear a seatbelt or check my mirrors when I change lanes. Your personal experience- and the experience of any one individual unvaccinated person- DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. AT ALL. PERIOD. If you weren’t as selfish and clueless as the vibe I’m getting, you’d thank your vaccinated classmates and fellow citizens for your streak of good health. Your height to weight ratio has nothing to do with vaccines or sometimes even if you are healthy, ps.

You don’t wanna put ‘shit’ in your body? Cool. Don’t. But stay the hell away from the doctor’s office or the ER if you or someone in your house comes down with something, because the only way to fix it is to put ‘shit’ in your body to keep you from dying or having chronic life-altering after effects. And obviously the latter isn’t a priority.

Actually… You don’t trust vaccines? Fine! Why stop there! Don’t use inhalers to prevent status asthmaticus, don’t use birth control pills to prevent unwanted pregnancy and help horrific menstrual cramps, don’t use aspirin to help a headache, don’t use chemotherapy to cure cancer, don’t use insulin to keep type 1 diabetics out of fatal comas, don’t use neosporin to keep your skinned knee from getting infected.

Because if you don’t trust the science behind vaccines, why trust the rest of it?

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MEDICALSTATE REBLOGGED ME

14 4 / 2014

Hey new followers. This is one of my cats, Lola. Just, uh, a heads up… there will be cat pictures. 

Loads. Of. Cat. Pictures.

Hey new followers. This is one of my cats, Lola. Just, uh, a heads up… there will be cat pictures.

Loads. Of. Cat. Pictures.

14 4 / 2014

tachycardictendencies:

Embryology is so weird, like what even is this?

The eye of Sauron. For sure.

tachycardictendencies:

Embryology is so weird, like what even is this?

The eye of Sauron. For sure.

14 4 / 2014

Awh shucks, thanks for the sweet messages everyone! You make a girl who loves her some scientific ass-whoopin’ (as my Pappaw would say) to blush!

Now, I know I got heated. I’m not sorry, mostly because they started calling me names. BUT if you encounter an anti-vaxxer in real life, please please please be as gentle, compassionate, and nonjudgemental as possible. You need to kindly help them understand where and how they’ve been lied to. If you immediately throw in the science hellfire and brimstone then you’ll probably lose your chance at connecting and helping that person for all time and eternity. Don’t be a dick (unless they call you an ignorant or uneducated fuck or somesuch foolishness, in which case they will probably regret opening that Pandora’s box).