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.
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?
All it took for flesh-eating bacteria to go from harmless organisms to gruesome infectious pathogens was four mutations and about 35 years. That’s what an international group of researchers announced today in a study that outside experts are calling the largest bacterial genome paper ever published.
The last few days have been very busy from every front, from planning the wedding and honeymoon, to getting ready for the licensing exam and residency. Somewhere along the line, I let a few things get under my skin. It is time to listen to some music and unwind.
“Cotton Mather, you dog, dam you! I’l inoculate you with this; with a pox to you!”—The semi-literate quotation in the title comes from a note attached to a bomb thrown into Cotton Mather’s house in Boston, Massachusetts on 14 November 1721 because of Mather’s public advocacy of the most important healthcare improvement of the colonial American era—smallpox inoculation.
The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports since 2008 to produce an interactive map that plots global outbreaks of diseases that are easily prevented by inexpensive and effective vaccines. These diseases include measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and rubella.
Implantable defibrillators and pacemakers have been around since the 1970s, but advances in materials science and 3-D visualization are transforming them from cumbersome life-support tools into streamlined therapies that could be props from Iron Man.
Researchers from South Korea have laid the groundwork for a dermal patch that not only dispenses medication continuously, but also knows when to stop.
A two-inch long patch made of stretchable nano-material, it can monitor muscle activity and body temperature. Current practical applications for the patch include drug delivery in patients with Parkinson’s disease, where muscle contractions and tremors can trigger medication release.
The researchers hope that in the future, more functions like wireless connectivity for remote monitoring can be achieved as the technology matures. The researchers estimate that the patch will not be ready for consumer use for another five years.
In one of those unplanned coincidences, two police patrol units, two paramedic crews, and an emergency physician showed up within minutes of each other at the Starbucks I am sitting in.
It was an interesting sight to see, watching an impromptu gathering unfold where everyone could take a few minutes to sit down, relax, and talk about something else besides business, away from the ruckus of the emergency department before their shifts start.
Vaccinations help prime your body to fight off a specific infection. However, it usually takes a few weeks for your body to create a reserve of immune cells for when you next encounter the infection again. Therefore, if you were infected just before or after receiving the vaccine, you might still get sick because the vaccine did not have ample time to provide any protection.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knocked the stuffing out of homeopathic drug company Terra-Medica last week, when the regulatory agency announced that a number of its “natural” remedies contained actual drugs.
For the next few weeks, I will be updating less frequently. A set of circumstances have converged to create a perfect storm.
A licensing exam looms ahead. A wedding and its subsequent honeymoon planning are still a work in progress. And most importantly, my travels have taken me to an area where the internet connection is not stable.
For the moment I have more than a score of questions waiting to be answered. I have turned off my inbox temporarily until those can be addressed. I apologize for the long delays and I thank those who have written for your patience.
I have been busy these past two days getting ready for my move to another city. This will be my last rotation before concluding the clinical training I have received as a medical student. After this will be my final leg of this four-year journey: the road to preparing for my licensing exam.
is it at all common practice for a practitioner checking my heart and lungs to use his hands instead of a stethoscope? there wasn't any obvious verbal harassment or touching of nipples or anything, but i was not wearing a bra and felt very uncomfortable. i don't plan on pressing charges, but i'd like to know if these feelings are justified. thank you.
Since I was not there I do not want to presume anything about how your physician interacted with you. A chest exam does include many parts, the most obvious being the use of a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs. It does however also include an inspection, palpation, percussion, and other physical maneuvers that add to the exam.
Depending on the clinical context, more or less of a physical exam might be required as a clinician rules in or out conditions on their differential diagnosis.
I do not know exactly what the context or nature of the interaction was so I am not in a position to really know if it was or was not appropriate. However, I think that if you were not feeling comfortable, this might be worthwhile to bring up. It may be to each other’s benefit should the therapeutic relationship continue. If you are still uncomfortable, you could ask for a chaperone to be present in the room.
The crux to any good application is the reference letter. You could have a stellar application but if there is no one to vouch for you, it can be an uphill battle to the specialty you want, especially if it is highly competitive.
I'm a first year medical student, and sometimes, I get very exhausted, and frustrated, but then when I see your posts, especially when they're about the stuffs you've experienced in the clinics, I remember how much I wanted to be a doctor. I do hope I get promoted to second year. Thank you for the inspiration. Goodluck on your career!
Thanks a lot! Good luck to you and all of your future endeavours!
hey! can you give me your point of view on women doctors in the surgical field? im a med student and the areas that interest me the most are neurosurgery/cardiothoracic surgery and even though im not from the u.s. id like to know if its a tough area for women (in my country it is nearly impossible). thank you!
In my limited experience in the medical community thus far, I would say that there are a growing number of women who are going into surgery. Having said that though, the surgical field is still a very male-predominant area and there are still an imbalance but it is slowly narrowing. The female surgeons that I have met have all been excellent, but the struggles of a being in a male-dominated specialty is palpable sometimes and I think that is more to do with culture than medicine in particular.
I'm an M2 and going into clinical clerkships soon. I already have a Pocket Medicine, per your recommendation, but what other gear have you discovered that you wish you had day one? ps. huge fan of the blog you do a great job! Good luck on the match brother!
Thanks for the support and I apologize for the late reply.
I bought an iPad Mini shortly before starting fourth year and I wished I had gotten on sooner. It is definitely a lot more convenient for carrying around reading material, from lectures to articles to textbooks. I think that investing in one as a study aid on the ward is hugely advantageous.
Another textbook I only purchased half way through my clerkship was the Edmonton Manual. It is a study guide for the OSCE and has some good information for preparing for the exam and some of the common presentations you should be familiar with.
There are other things here and there that I have found useful as I had gone through my clerkship but I think it would be too broad to cover them here. If you have a specific kind of recommendation you are looking I can maybe offer some other ones. Just send me another message and if possible (and I understand if it is not) to send it via a Tumblr account so I can send you a private reply.
For the community, does anyone else have a suggestion for this reader? Leave a reply.
Hi, I'm actually entering college this fall and I was wondering what major, besides pre-med, would be the best for someone who wants to do to med school in the future? I picked biology but I'm not so sure
If you want a head start on familiarizing yourself with some of the concepts, physiology is a good major. Honestly however, any major will do. Do not get stuck with the notion of needing to do A, B, or C. Do what you want to do. Find what you are interested in and pursue it, in medicine, in undergrad, and in life.
The people who are in my medical class come from all walks of life, from the sciences to the arts and beyond. And in all honesty, they will be amazing doctors. Everyone’s perspective is framed by the lens of their unique experiences and that is what makes each individual special. That is what makes the culture and community so dynamic and varied.
I stand by the idea that every major is a good major for medicine. Follow your passion and your interests. You will be glad you did.
Since 2002, the residency application process has been managed through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Everyone who is a Canadian medical student is automatically enrolled into the service. Others can apply to be apart of the process. For medical students in their final year of training, this is where the magic happens.
Whenever I step into this elevator, I am stricken with panic and anxiety, worried that I will plummet into a fiery death. It bangs and shudders when it moves; it groans when it is commanded to open its metal maw. Someone should really put it out of its misery. Fix it or upgrade it before the croaking and rattling gives someone a heart attack.
One of the first major challenges of applying to residency is making yourself presentable, to tailor your experiences to the career you want to achieve. The last year of school is generally reserved as the time to pursue electives in the various disciplines.
In general, every school has certain requirements that must be achieved, such as having at least one elective in medical, surgical, and primary care specialties. Beyond that however, you have the flexibility to choose whatever you want to do.
At some point in the natural order of things, you begin to realize that the journey to medicine is not as straightforward. There was once upon a time when being a doctor meant knowing everything about everything. In this day and age, that has become an impossibility.
With that in mind, you reach the crossroads for a second time: what should I do with my life?
There are many ways to conceptualize the thinking process but it always boils down to three simple questions you should ask yourself:
Do I want to work with your hands?
How comfortable am I not knowing the full picture?
Do I want to know a narrow and deep well of knowledge or a wide and shallower pool of knowledge?
For example, someone who enjoys working with his hands, is comfortable not knowing the full picture and likes a wide but shallower pool might be better suited for emergency medicine.
These three questions are fundamental to understanding where your values and interests lie. As your education progresses, take a moment to reflect. You might be surprised how often and how dramatically things change.
The most crucial time to consider these questions is in the clinical year. Consider how your newfound experiences change or reinforce your choices.
This becomes important when choosing your fourth year electives.
The process of applying for a residency position is a long and arduous journey. The mere mention of “CaRMS” can make a medical student tense. What follows will be a multi-part series on what to expect and advice for the CaRMS touring process.
(The following list is a guideline and is subject to change)