29 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: What does RN3 means? Residency-something year 3????

No, RN = registered nurse, but I’m not 100% on what an RN3 would signify. Any nurses wanna help a sister out?

Residents call themselves PGY-whatever, as in ‘post graduate year-whatever’. So an intern/first year resident would be a PGY-1, etc.

29 7 / 2014




I made my own hair gel from flaxseed and it turned out really well! I am impressed, I don’t think I’ll ever buy hair gel from a shop ever again.


1/4 whole flaxseed (in the uk they sometimes call it linseed)
1 cup water

1) you can leave the…

How does it feel on your hair?

I definitely had some 90s-tastic run-ins with LA Looks hair gel so that’s my frame of reference….

29 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: What's your view on intellectual ability with getting into medical school and surviving medical school? I mean, were you one of those top students in high school and university and you easily scored well on tests and assignments? I just feel there's more to it when becoming a doctor, my friends think otherwise - they just think you need to be extremely smart and that's it.


Hey anon!

This is just my personal opinion, I don’t really know what the selection panels at each university do, but I think in general they are looking for well-rounded people. Medicine is a demanding profession that requires many things from an individual, one of which includes intellectual ability. I don’t think it is the only, nor the most important quality to be a good medical student and doctor. Yes, you need to be able to learn, understand and problem solve complex concepts in a short amount of time due to the structure of the training, but there is often a lot of help to get you prepared and well adjusted to achieving this.

I think to be a good doctor you also need to possess many other skills. Communication is very important. All doctors work with people and all people communicate. Even pathologists working in labs work with people, they may not be directly with patients, but they will have colleagues and other health professionals that require good communication.

Empathy is always something that comes to mind to many patients and doctors alike. I have found that discussion about being an empathetic doctor never stops in my studies. Constant reminders in our learning and constant issues that require us to evaluate our choice of actions.

The list goes on forever, but I think they are the 3 big things that always come to mind when people ask what’s needed.

Of course it helps to have good organisation skills and ability to look after you own mental and physical health as a medical student. 

In terms of my personal experience, I was never a star student and I never will be. I had a lot of trouble in high school and was lucky to scrape into university. I was probably only an average student until I discovered subjects I really loved and excelled in them because I was self-motivated and interested. But none of my struggles with learning is making me a bad medical student and it won’t make me a bad doctor. So even though I don’t think I’m smart compared to my peers, I know that I have many other skills that will help me become a good doctor and I wouldn’t replace any of those skills even for a tiny bit more brain power.

I use the skills and my interest in medicine to excel. Like they say in primary school: head down, bum up :)

Perfect response!

Folks who think they can be great doctors on smarts alone are flat out wrong and in for an ugly surprise once they reach the clinic.

I too am one of those average intelligence people who works really really hard as far as the memorization stuff goes. However, I’ve gotten lots of compliments on bedside manner, leadership, and being a team player. Those things are super important too, I’d say just as important as intelligence as healthcare in the US evolves.

29 7 / 2014

And I beat the doctor to the office. Still waiting….

According to the nurses- who are super nice and friendly- there are always lots of free lunches and cookies here from the drug reps.

I could like this place.

28 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: You only got into medschool because you're hot and teachers want to bang you before you fail out. I hope you're researching secretary positions by now it won't be long.





And I hope you’re not a scientist you know, making all these claims and predictions based on no evidence.

No worries I won’t screw you up when you’re on my operating table.


Best way to react to anon hate.

there’s a lot of weird anon hate infiltrating medblr, directed at women. probably the same one or two dudes imho

anyway bro your mindset is about 50 years behind the times.

Dear Greyface hating on my medblr buddy:
I’m not as nice as coffeemuggermd.

You know one of the my most vivid memories of things I did in gross anatomy lab? Dissecting the testicles.

You do that by making an incision near the top of the scrotum, fishing down with your fingers in the nutsack to clear away all the fascia suspending the testicles, and then pulling them out of the incision and letting them dangle by the spermatic cord and vessels. It looks like a hard boiled egg until you dissect the outer covering.

Think about that before you start insulting lady medical professionals, ok pal?


AspDocs and probably everyone else

28 7 / 2014


I had an ask many moons ago regarding how LGBT doctors are treated by their colleagues and what their experiences were like both interviewing for medical school and once they were accepted. I hope this article might help add an expanded insight to the answers I posted from some of my LGBT followers. 

(via thecraftypremed)

27 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: how many hours did you work weekly during undergrad? like around the time you were taking your pre-reqs?

I worked every Friday and three weekends a month doing 8-5 in the care management department at a hospital for 5 years. That was constant, so at least 24 hours a week there.

Then, I always had something else, usually in the evenings or afternoons I didn’t have class, totaling about 10-20 hours a week. My other jobs included (not all at once obvs):
+catering at two different places
+library assistant at my university
+front desk at art museum
+bed control 8p-8a shift at the hospital
+odd secretarial jobs for the care management department
+model for parties and art classes

I kept two steady jobs the whole time in undergrad except for the semester I was taking physiology and physics II and honors ochem II lab and going through my BFA review (presenting my work to all the art faculty and being grilled for an hour remained the scariest thing I have ever done until step 1). That semester I only did the Friday and weekends gig and used up a lot of savings.

I had to support myself and there wasn’t really any other options, but I think working since I was 16 and having a variety of jobs has proved advantageous. I think that everyone should work in food service or retail for at least a year before they graduate college.

27 7 / 2014

Check out these goofy furchildren.

Check out these goofy furchildren.

27 7 / 2014


This reminds me that I have a lot skin space. Vice.
Doctors without borders.

I have that thought all the time too!!I have to use tattoos as rewards for achieving goals or else I would be covered head to toe by now.


This reminds me that I have a lot skin space. Vice.
Doctors without borders.

I have that thought all the time too!!

I have to use tattoos as rewards for achieving goals or else I would be covered head to toe by now.

27 7 / 2014

protestthebeero said: So, I've wanted to be a doctor for a few years now, but I haven't been in school. I'm going back (community college) in the fall and I somehow got a job in an oncology lab... and it's hard. It's really fucking hard, and it's frustrating, and I'm surrounded by MDs and PhD students who know a ton about microbiology and onocology and I can barely get my PCR to work right. The medical field isn't all this intimidating, is it? I've been thinking about OB/Gyn as a career, fyi.


It is absolutely hard, and anyone who judges you has no idea what kind of guts and determination it takes to pick up after being away from school to work towards med school!

The medical field will always be somewhat intimidating. It is a place where there are no idiots, everyone sets the highest standards for themselves, and we all demand excellence. I’m a fourth year, and I thought there would be a day I’d stop feeling dumb. But you know what? I still feel a little dumb every day. My internal medicine attending told me that even now, she feels humbled by the practice of medicine. OB/Gyn is definitely a field where professionals are hard on themselves, because they know that their decisions impact two patients (mom and baby), not just one.

However, there are two ways of looking at it:

  1. You decide “being around smart people, being wrong, learning forever? That sucks. I don’t want this. I want to feel good at something, is that so wrong?!” You then refuse to look dumb or make mistakes. By doing that, you never learn and grow.
  2. You decide “feeling dumb sucks, but I have to forgive myself, too. Everyone is at a different stage of learning! I won’t shy away from the areas that I’m not good at! I’m going to get better!” It’s a much harder path to take, but you will grow and become a stronger person and professional.

You can’t get your PCR to work right currently, but you know what? I know that you’ll be able to with a little time, some help, and determination! Get those MDs and PhD students to share their knowledge with you. I bet they’ll even learn when you ask them questions! Those who scoff at your or don’t teach? Pity them, for they have forgotten what’s most important: to never stop learning!

You can do it!


26 7 / 2014

We were gonna do some reading in bed before going to sleep. After a few minutes I hear these soft little snores and look over….

We were gonna do some reading in bed before going to sleep. After a few minutes I hear these soft little snores and look over….

26 7 / 2014


Get ready for an awesome birth control series of the basic, necessary facts for each method by Molly!  She has just agreed to help me out, and she’s already making the most useful, interesting posts!  I’m so lucky to have her.

Click here to learn more about the IUD insertion process.

26 7 / 2014


How Dying Works


The Dying Process

As technology helps us to live longer, it will also shape how we die. With a higher-brain definition of death, you’re gone when your personality is. With a whole-brain definition of death, you’ve lost the ability to breathe on your own again. Each breath provides the oxygen necessary for survival to the rest of the body. Very simply, dying starts to happen when your body doesn’t get the oxygen it needs to survive.

Different cells die at different speeds, so the length of the dying process depends on which cells are deprived of oxygen. The brainrequires a tremendous amount of oxygen but keeps very little in reserve, so any cutoff of oxygen to the brain will result in cell death within three to seven minutes; that’s why a stroke can kill so quickly. When blood is cut off from the heart, a heart attack occurs and can also take a life fairly swiftly. But since our bodies aren’t designed to last forever, sometimes the body’s systems just simply wear out. When someone dies of extremely old age, and the family is gathered around the deathbed, you’re basically observing the breakdown of these systems.

There are some outward signs that these systems are slowing down. The person will begin sleeping more to conserve the little energy that’s left. When that energy is gone, the individual may lose the desire to eat and then to drink. Swallowing becomes difficult and the mouth gets very dry, so forcing the person to eat or drink could cause choking. The dying person loses bladder and bowel control, but accidents will occur less frequently as those gastrointestinal functions shut down as well and he or she consumes less.

Any ­pain that the dying person feels at this point can usually be managed by a doctor in some way, but it can be unbelievably difficult to watch these final steps of a person’s life. The stage right before a person dies is called the agonal phase. The dying person is often disoriented, and it will seem like he or she can’t get comfortable. It will also seem, disconcertingly, that the person can’t catch a breath. There may be agonizing pauses between loud, labored breaths. If there is fluid built up in the lungs, then that congestion will cause a sound known as the death rattle. As the cells inside a person lose their connections, the person may start convulsing or having muscle spasms.

We can’t know exactly how the person is feeling at this point, though those who have had near-death experiences (NDE) seem to agree that the process isn’t painful. NDEs appear to have some common characteristics, including a feeling of peace and well-being, a sense of separation from the physical body and a sensation of walking through darkness to enter light. You can read more about NDEs in How Near-death Experiences Work.

Some doctors think that a near-death experience might be due to endorphins that the body releases at the actual moment of death [source: Nuland]. When the heartbeat and breath stop, the person is clinically dead. There’s no circulation, and no new reserves of oxygen are reaching cells. However, clinical death also denotes that this is a point where the process is reversible, by means of CPR, a transfusion or a ventilator.

The point of no return is biological death, which begins about four to six minutes after clinical death. After the heartbeat stops, it only takes that long for brain cells to begin dying from lack of oxygen. Resuscitation is impossible at this point.

What you think has happened to the essence of the person at this point is dependent on your religious and cultural beliefs. But as our examination of the postmortem body on the next page will reveal, there’s not a lot of time for sitting around and staring at the corpse.

read more from HowStuffWorks

photo one is  Death nature with shooting gear and flowers I by Jean Baptiste Oudry through wiki 

the second is Death of Cato by Gioacchino Assereto through wiki

25 7 / 2014

insomniac057 said: Tips into getting into med school ?

Three magic words:

Kidding aside, a lot of it depends on where you are trying to go, some schools are more competitive than others.

Here is some advice on pimping your resume for med school.

Good luck!

25 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: Is it bad to take summer courses for med schools? Does it look bad? Especially if the class is a science class like organic chemistry or biochemistry?

I know you are probably a sweet little muffin, so do not take this personally, ok? This is directed at…. everyone.


Ok, sorry. I get this question a lot. I have a hug for you, sweet anon, you darling.

Soooooo why would a summer class, especially a summer science class, look bad? It’s cramming three months of material into a month or less, most of the time. It’s not easier. If anything, I feel like taking summer classes gives you a tiny little peep of the pace most med schools teach at. If you don’t have to take summer classes and want to put yourself through that instead of doing something cool with your summers- of which there are a finite amount in your life- go ahead, go get ‘em.

I would not, however, recommend going the AspDocs method of summer classes where you take OChem I, Physics I and Physics I lab in the same month. That is a recipe for sadness and generally considered a bad idea.