Ahh… the beginning of the school year. So many mixed feelings. The anticipation, the excitement and yes, the anxiety. Seeing old friends, old aquantances, and some people you’d probably rather not see. Buying books. Meeting professors. It’s a unique time of year, and I will truly miss it.
For those of you heading back to school now, or in a month or so, here are some tips to get your year off to a great start. Continue reading Back to School Checklist
This term makes me cringe. Crepitance means a crackling or grating sound- and it is most often used to refer to bones rubbing against one another.
For whatever reason, the thought of that sound makes me really uncomfortable. I’ve never even heard it before!
The MCAT is a big deal. It tests your basic science knowledge, but more importantly your critical thinking and reading comprehension skills. Medical schools need a way to figure out not just whether you can memorize facts or understand biological concepts. They want to know if you have the brain capacity, focus and work ethic to handle the rigors of medical school. The MCAT is one way they determine that.
If you know very little about the MCAT, here are some links to get you started.
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This is a really cool term. A pneumothorax is when someone has air in their thoracic cavity. Basically, air has leaked outside the lungs into the chest. A chest tube must be inserted in order to suck the air out.
A pneumothorax can happen due to trauma to the chest, or they can happen spontaneously. If a chest tube is not inserted, more and more air will leak into the thoracic cavity and build up pressure, causing the lungs to collapse. Crazy eh?
If you’re a pre med student, that means you’re at least moderately intelligent and have probably been successful throughout your educational career. That also means you’ve probably learned the art of sucking up (or kissing ass, or brown nosing, or whatever you want to call it). Now, I hate sucking up. I avoid doing it for many reasons, mostly because I can’t stand it when I see other people do it.
Continue reading Simple, yet important tip: Get to know your professors
This is one of those terms that I find silly. I swear medical people just make up funny sounding words for normal things so they can sound smart. Ecchymosis means bruising. Isn’t that lame?
Hypertension is the fancy way of saying high blood pressure. If someone has high blood pressure at that moment, you would say that they are hypertensive. If the high blood pressure is chronic, the person is said to have hypertension.
One of the best places to find information about a topic quickly are internet forums. These forums can also be a place where community is built between people with common interests.
Several good pre med forums exist, and are a great resource for anyone trying to get into medical school. Here are the best pre med forums on the web, check them out and I think you’ll find they will be invaluable for your journey.
1. The Studentdoctor.net (SDN) Forums
These are by far the most active pre med forums, and that is one of the reasons Studentdoctor.net is probably the best pre med site out there. Thousands of pre meds use the site each day. It can actually be a little overwhelming at first because there are so many different forums to read. Here is a quick guide to the most useful parts of the site for pre med students:
Continue reading The Best Pre Med Forums