MedSmarter Blog Roundup September 2019
Hot Blog Topics You May Have Missed
Millennial Residents: Quality Training & the Fear of Physician Burnout
Physician burnout is a very troubling issue in the medical industry. Many of today’s doctors and millennial residents suffer from mental health problems that lead to troubled marriages, depression and suicides. What’s the key?
For Millennial Residents: The key is identifying the signs and keeping your eyes open for mental health issues.
Doctor-Nurse Communication: Learn to Work Together Now in Med School?
Doctor-nurse communication and relationships play important roles in quality healthcare. As a future doctor, it’s important to understand that you and the nurses around you will need each other. Together, you are a team!
When doctors become commanding and controlling, the team becomes dysfunctional. So, you need to learn to communicate with nurses now, as a med student, before you start practicing medicine.
Why Do Women Drop Out of Premed More Than Men in the US?
According to a recent study, women drop out of premed more than men. This is even the case when they are earning high grades in college and have high GPAs, just like their male peers. So, why do men drop out less?
Dr. Marjorie Stiegler is a practicing surgeon. As one of America’s women in medicine, she’s also studied gender stereotypes and bias in the industry for over a decade.
Over the years, the woman doctor has tolerated many cutting comments. She even talks about a senior surgeon who complained about training women surgeons. In his biased opinion, they were all going to leave their professions to go have babies.
And that was during Stiegler’s surgical training!
VIDEO: MedSmarter – Unique Culture & Approach Propel Success
MedSmarter’s unique culture and approach propel student success on their journeys to becoming practicing physicians. What started in the Fall of 2004 as a one on one tutoring service, has grown organically by developing additional programs and building lasting relationships along the way.
We are a team of MDs and professionals who understand the struggles of choosing a career in the medical field. MedSmarter’s goal is to help students succeed in their journeys to becoming practicing physicians.
Resources for Pre-Meds to Residents by Category
Check out these valuable blog posts for premeds, medical students, graduates and international physicians hoping to practice medicine in the United States. We’ve divided them up into categories to help you zoom in on the topics that interest you most.
Pre-Med Resources: Getting into Medical School
What Does It Take to Get into Medical School? – Medical schools look closely at your MCAT score when evaluating your application package. However, they also consider other things that show them that you’re passionate about being a doctor. They want to be sure that you can handle all the work that’s coming your way. So, they examine a few things.
Classes All Pre-Meds Should Take to Get into Medical School – While in college, pre-med students need to take certain classes that will help them in med school. Many of these classes are required. But which classes are required? And what other courses should you take to improve your chances of getting into medical school?
Low GPA? You Can Still Get into Medical School with These 4 Tips – Your GPA (grade point average) is a huge factor for getting accepted into medical school. It’s the biggest way for medical schools to see how well you perform academically. But you can get into med school with a low GPA by following these four valuable tips.
The Hospital Medical Hierarchy Every Pre-Med Should Understand – As a child, you dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. You watch Grey’s Anatomy and Chicago Hope mesmerized by the power and intrigue that come with titles like resident, attending or medical director. Every pre-med should understand the medical hierarchy of a hospital, so you know just how high to dream.
USMLE Step 2 CS: Standardized Patient Encounters
USMLE Step 2 CS: How to Write Notes for Standardized Patient Encounters – Writing patients notes is an essential part of passing the USMLE Step 2 CS. You must include notes that effectively educates the physician reviewing them with accurate information about standardized patient encounters.
The reviewing physician has no idea what you and the patient discussed in the exam room. It’s up to you to relay the information using notes within 10 minutes, before moving on to the next standardized patient (SP).
USMLE Step 2 CS: How to Provide Awesome SP Care & Nail Your Exam – When it comes to the USMLE Step 2 CS, time and points are the two most important factors. It tests your ability to perform standardized patient care. The exam is pass/fail. However, you must get through all 12 patient encounters within an 8-hour time frame. So, you don’t have time to lose if you want enough points to pass.
To get the highest score possible on this timed exam, you need to know what’s expected and what not to do. We have tips for working with standardized patients (SPs), so you nail your exam.
Clinical Placements – Bring Value to Your Rotations
10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations – Part 1 – No matter the profession, mistakes are bound to happen. We all make them. However, as a professional, you must try your hardest to avoid them. Even during clinical rotations for medical students, there are common mistakes you can avoid altogether.
People look up to you because they expect you to be flawless. During your training as a medical student, there are occasions when mistakes inevitably happen. Mishaps may happen during your first few years of study. But many common mistakes occur during your clinical years. Learn how to prepare for clinical rotations and avoid common mistakes.
8 Tips to Make You a Valuable Team Player During Clinical Rotations – Your clinical placement is one of the biggest steps of your medical career so far. It’s very important that you bring value to your team to maximize your worth during clinical rotations.
Want to succeed and maximize your value within the clinical environment? Use these eight tips to make you an asset to your team during clinical rotations.
Clinical Residencies – Getting Through with Ease
5 Common Questions Asked After Landing a Residency – As you continue your journey of becoming a doctor in the US, you need to know the best ways to prepare for your residency. Where to live? What about government loan forgiveness? We have studying tips and tricks to prep for tests and more.
Clinical Residency Interview Tips & Tricks for Future Doctors – As an aspiring doctor, you dream of someday getting into the residency of your choice. Well, no one can really guarantee that. But we do have clinical residency interview tips to help improve your chances.
Every future physician has a dream residency in mind. You need to make sure your application shines on the long list of qualified applicants eyeing your favorite residency programs in the USA.
General – Things You Need to Know
Good Time Management Skills: What, Why & How? – As a med student, you will always have a lot of work to do. There will be so many assignments and upcoming tests that you may feel overwhelmed. All of which will scream for your attention, requiring good time management skills.
It’s important to develop these skills early on to keep you on track. They will help you complete tasks and assignments in good time avoiding the last-minute rush.
Studying for medical school can be one of the hardest things to endure when you first start your journey toward becoming a doctor. As exciting as medicine is, med students get bored with studying sometimes.
With lots of terms and facts to memorize and cases to research, some content may be very interesting while others may put you to sleep. There are times when studying seems like a chore. And you wonder what to do when you get bored with studying. We have tips to help fix that.
10 Tips to Combat Insomnia So You Rock in Medical School – It’s easy to succumb to the pressure of medical school and quickly become an insomniac. Lifestyle changes help combat insomnia so you get a good night’s sleep.
Even if you’re a resident or doing clinical rotations on the night shift, you can sleep well during the day. Just follow these tips to combating insomnia so you’re at your best every day.
9 Tips for Creating a Sleep Conducive Bedroom for a Good Night’s Rest – Are you finding it hard to fall asleep? As a med student, you have a lot of work during the day. And all you want to do when you get home is eat and sleep. Having a sleep conducive bedroom is the key.
If your bedroom is not well organized for optimum sleep, you will find yourself getting little or no sleep at all. How you treat your bedroom is very important to the quality of sleep you get overall. You need a sleep conducive bedroom to get the job done.