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Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

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World mental health day

It’s world mental health day and I thought it’d be nice to talk about mental health today as a lot of people struggle with mental health. I would like to emphasize that I’m not a professional (yet) so if you’re having any health issues I’d advise you to see a GP.

There are a lot of mental disorders. The biggest issue medics are facing is that diagnosing mental disorders is difficult because there’s still a lot about the human brain that we don’t know about.

It should be no surprise to you but mental health for example depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia actually affects millions of people all around the world. Mental health is very diverse and there are a lot of different disorders. Did you know that 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 teenagers(!!!) will experience some kind of mental health problem during their life. In Britain. Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders.
I decided that it might be interesting to leave a blogpost I read today. It’s written by Katie Conibear who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She has a great blog which you can see here.

What I loved most is that you can get involved with some amazing fundraisers and activities that the mental health foundation organizes. I thought it would be best to leave a link to both – American and English – foundations. You can find a lot of information on their sites AND you can find out how you can make a difference!

United Kingdom
The United States
Also check out Twitter!

It’s time to change the mentality we have when it comes to mental disorders and illness and I hope that this post is a step in the right direction.

UPDATE: I’ve read some amazing posts since it is world mental health day and I’m going to share a few below hoping that they might help you!
Tips & advice 
Tips to help yourself or others
A playful article about crafting
Poetry
And more poetry
Sean’s testimony

Lots of love!
-A doctor in spe

Mindset – Caroline Dweck

While I was on vacation I read the book ‘mindset’ which is a book that will ‘learn you to achieve your full potential’. The book was written by Carol Dweck who is a psychology professor at Stanford. She was interested in knowing why some people are ready for challenges whereas others shy away from them and she has written all about her findings in this book.

Summary (Spoiler)
The autor talks divides people into two categories and describes the difference between both groups. The first group of people are the ones who give up when things get difficult, they have a fixed mindset. The second group consists of people who thrive during difficulties, they have a growth mindset.

People with the fixed mindset count on numbers a little too much and if something isn’t feasible they give up out of fear of being called dumb. They fear that one setback will make them dumb and if they’re dumb well then there’s nothing to do about it.
People with a growth mindset are the opposite. They see most things in life as an opportunity to grow. If they have a setback, they see it as an opportunity to learn and do better next time. They know that one setback will not make them dumb as a person. Below there’s a picture containing all the information you need on both mindsets.

mindset.jpg

This sounds logical, a human is constantly changing but I can tell you that when I was told at the age of 12, 13, 14 and 15 that boys were better at math and there was nothing to do about it, I honestly believed it. This topic is also touched in the book as there are teachers who have a fixed mindset and teachers who have a growth mindset. A teachers’ mindset partly determines the students mindset.

Don’t fear because there is definitely a way to change your mindset. The first thing you need to do is to think about your own mindset. Think about what mindset you have and try to change it little by little.
Start thinking about work and school as challenges. You win sometimes and you lose sometimes but whether you win or lose, there is always room for improvement. Reflect on what happened, try to see what went wrong or good and use that knowledge for future challenges.

Opinion on the book
I absolutely loved this book mainly because it was actually quite interesting. There were a lot of examples given. How your mindset influences your entire life varying from mindset in sports, at school and even at applied to leadership qualities. I learned that mindset is determined mainly by your upbringing – parents, teachers and other people around you. And I learned how to change the mindset you have by changing the way you see obstacles in your life.
This book is a great read for any college student but I would strongly advise it for newly starting college students.

I hope you enjoyed this book review/summary. Let me know what you think of this book and if you’re going to read it.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Anatomy videos

While I was studying for my anatomy course past year I must admit that I had a hard time. Anatomy is one of those courses where you need to get a lot of information in your brain in a short period of time. What helped me most, especially for anatomy, were videos. There are obviously a ton of videos online but these were the ones I found most useful because they helped me visualize the material and they contained a lot of mnemonics.

1. Medzcool
I loved the mnemonics that were used and explained in these videos. Especially for the cranial nerves. If you prefer other mnemonics than the ones mentioned in the video, check out the comment section!

 

2. Dr. Preddy
Give this man an award asap! If you don’t have enough time to learn all the arm and hand muscles this is your man! He is able to teach all of the arm muscles and their innervation in two brief videos! These videos are filmed by students but they’re useful nevertheless.

Arm muscles part 1
Arm muscles part 2

3. AnatomyZone
The youtube channel of anatomy zone contains almost all information about myology! These videos show our muscles from all angles which helps to memorize origin and insertion points. These also give a good image of the location of each muscle, artery and vein.
There is also an AnatomyZone site where you can find all of these videos for free you can click on the link to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found these tips useful. Medical students often rely on tips coming from fellow medical students and having a lot of tips definitely makes a difference when it comes to studying effectively. If you have tips that are helpful to study anatomy (or other courses) leave them in the comment section down below!

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

 

SYNAP – reblog

Today I wanted to share Synap with you. It’s a fairly new concept and as a medical student I can do no more but to promote amazing work other medical students are able to put out there. Synap is one of them. You can find all the information regarding Synap down below or on their blog.

REBLOG: Synap is an online education platform created by two medical students – James Gupta and Omair Vaiyani – to make studying easier. Synap lets you create, practice and share Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with your friends.

We have a huge range of practice questions and exam banks for doctors, nurses, dentists and physician’s associates – including some premium content provided by Oxford University Press written for final year medical exams, and the specialty board exams such as MRCP, FRCA, FRCP and MRCS.

To learn more about how Synap works, check out the short animation below!

 

What I loved most about Synap is that it’s an interdisciplinary site so it’s not only great for doctors but also for nurses and dentists!

Thanks for passing by! If you enjoyed this post check out SYNAP via links above and let me know in the comment section what you think of it!

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Summary the subtle art of not giving a fuck

The subtle art of not giving a fuck is a book that I’ve been suggesting to everyone. I loved reading this book and up until this moment I’ve read the book 2 times which proves how great it is. This book has changed my view on my own life and in a way you can consider this a wakeup call. This book along with ‘mindset’ are books that should be a must-read for anyone in the middle of adulting.

I usually talk about the book itself and how it’s written but I saw that the writer, also a blogger, has posted an excerpt of the book on his blog and I advise you to read that before reading this review. So click here for that.

Summary
Just like you probably saw from the title the autor does not mince matters. This book is brutally honest and therefore one of the best self-help books I’ve read so far. There were some important lessons to learn here.

Lesson n°1
This book tackles our society for giving too many fucks about the wrong things and not enough fucks about what actually matters. To give an example people seem to talk more about the Kardashians outfits than for example about food waste – note: if you care more about the Kardashians that’s perfectly okay!!

Lesson n°2
Another important lesson is that everything that matters in life, is attached to a negative experience. You need to study really hard (often not fun) to get good grades (fun). This is something that isn’t always represented correctly in todays society. We hear a lot of succes stories but there’s more to those stories than meets the eye. Someone worked crazy hard to get where they are and all we see is that they achieved their goal. To get a bigger reward, you need to put in more effort.

Lesson n°3
People often seem to think that when they’ve reached their goal, it’s done, they’re happy and everything is fine but it isn’t. Problems are still there, the only thing they’ve achieved, is to be a little better than before, to have grown a little more. The growth mindset was present in this book, just explained differently.

For more lessons I’d advise you to read the book. It wouldn’t be fun to spoil the entire thing.

Review
The writing style of this book is easy and comprehensive. There aren’t any difficult words, but the language is sometimes explicit which might not appeal to everyone.
The book gives a lot of examples on what to do and what not to do. It’s therefore a great book for those people who don’t completely know what to do with their life.
I’d definitely say that of the self-help books I’ve read so far this is definitely one of the best. It’s unique not because of the writing style, but because of the honesty.

Since there is an excerpt of this book on the authors blog check it out before buying this book. You might not like it. As for me I loved the book hence why I’ve suggested it to almost everyone I know. Let me know in the comment section what books you would recommend.

Lots of love and have a great day!
-A doctor in spe

 

Prepping and how I study

I’ve already talked about my improved study techniques but today I’m going to talk about the three things that made the biggest difference in my results!

1 Preparing notes ahead

When i go to lectures I make sure that I’ve done everything ahead of time. If i don’t i’m just waisting my time and the professors time. Preparation is key. I like to make notes ahead of time and take those to class. Some people prefer reading through their notes, I do this when I don’t have enough time to type out my notes but this works great as well.

Along with this I reread all of these notes while going home. I take public transport so I often wait for my bus or metro. Those 5 minutes make a difference. It’s small but all small bits help! The time I need to get home varies but I spend an average of 1hour to 1hour30 to get home. Instead of waisting i try to benefit from that.

2 Visuals (other sources)

For medicine looking out for other sources is a good way to look at your courses differently. Especially if you don’t know the difference between things that are more important and things that are not. I watch a ton of videos and if there are things in my course that other videos emphasize on it means that it’s probably quite important. I personally loved ‘Shomu’s biology’ on youtube because he’s able to explain quite difficult concepts in an easy way.

3 Reading

Not only reading through your own course or textbooks but using other medical books is a great way to retain difficult topics. Different books often explain concepts differently and that is something that may or may not work for you.

I hope you enjoyed these tips. Let me know what your tips are in the comment section down below.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

The mystery blogger award

So I got tagged for this award a crazy long time ago but I’ve only now found the time to write so I decided to just do the tag! I was tagged by Shay-lon. She has an amazing blog which you can read by clicking on the link. I was tagged for the mistery blogger award.

Some information about this tag:
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

The rules: I did some alterations on the rules but here they are!

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 Things about me 
– I still haven’t got my drivers license even though I can actually drive.
– My favorite food is a pita. You don’t often see pitas in America, but if you do definitely try it!
– I love reading a lot!

My best post: the medical tag! I came up with this tag and it has traveled around the world. Definitely check this tag out by clicking on the link and if you want to do the medical tag here you can find the questions on my blog!

The questions I received from Shay-lon.

  1. Favorite kind of ice cream?
    I have a huge thing for ice cream. Since I couldn’t choose just one favorite here’s my are my favorites
    -Nut ice cream (chestnut, hazelnut,…)
    -Butterscotch ice cream
    If you give me any of these I will be forever grateful!
  2. Do you prefer to cook or bake?
    I love anything that has to do with food so I’d say both.
  3. Have you ever went skinny dipping?
    No, I’d be too worried about bacterias in the water. Seriously though, how is this not a concern!
  4. How do you find ideas/topics to write about in your blog?
    I’m actually pretty creative which makes it a lot easier for me to find something to write about and if I don’t find anything to write about I just make something new.
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
    I honestly don’t have one. It always amazes me how people have a crush on someone they know nothing about. I’m not attracted to appearance but mostly to a character so no celebrity crushes here ;).

My nominees:
Mylifefourtyforblog
Tajwar fatma
Omgmdtobe
KarisaJacksn
Food fitness and medicine
anyone who wants to do this tag 😉

The questions I’d like to see you answer

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
  2. Do you have any hidden talents?
  3. What is your biggest fear?
  4. What is your favorite fantasy creature?
  5. Which unusual food combination do you like?

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments down below what you though of this post!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Liebster award

I’ve been nominated for yet another on of these awards. This time I’ll be doing the Liebster award for which I was nominated by Karissa Jacksn. She has an amazing blog (and a great sense of fashion!). You can check her blog out by clicking on the link.

What is this?
Liebster is the German word for dearest, nicest or beloved. It is a recognition award for bloggers who are nominated by other bloggers, and it allows you to ask fun questions to get to know everyone.

Rules I made some alterations because I could!
-Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you. – Karisa Jacksn thank you for this award!
-Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger
-Nominate 11 other bloggers
-Ask 11 new questions for them to answer

Questions I received

Where is your favorite hangout spot? 
This sounds dorky but I’m going to say the library. I like the silence and the peace and being surrounded by books.

What reminds you most of your childhood?
Eating a toast sandwich with tomatoes in. We used to eat these and I remember hating them back then but I’ve grown to love cheese toast with tomatoes in.

What is your favorite candy?
I love twizzlers and sour rolls and these are the only candies that I actually like eating. I for some reason am not the biggest fan of candy.

Texting or calling? Why?
I text more so I’d say texting. Though I find that calling people is quicker and more efficient.

What is your favorite drink?
While on a ski vacation in Turkey (yes there are snowy mountains in Turkey) I drank ‘sahlep’. It’s a hot drink made of orchid flowers and topped with cinnamon. I for some reason loved this drink so much! It’s like a sweet, thickened milk and it just reminds me of winter.

If you could live on a different planet, would you do it? Why?
Heck yes! What an amazing experience that would be. Also as a medical student I must admit that it would look great on my cv.

Are you now, or were you ever afraid to go to the dentist?
Yup. I was afraid of the dentist until two years ago. Mainly because I went to student dentists and they had injected the anaesthetics on the wrong side of my mouth, on the wrong teeth multiple times causing me to be traumatized for life. Fortunatly I go to a decent dentist now so it’s all good.

Do you have any celebrity crushes?
Nope. It’s just difficult to crush on someone you don’t really know.

Did you decorate your living space? Do you like it?
I didn’t but I do like it. It’s simple, but looks neat and clean.

City or Suburb? Why?
The city, but a city in a different country. Living in the city is the best way to learn more about a new place, to learn about the people and there’s often more to do in the city than in a suburb so I would never be bored.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
Stop letting people who do so little for you, define your life.

I tag you
tajwar fatma
dramasforscrubs
potential doc
Shay-lon
Mylifefourtyfourblog
all about me 31
Lifestylehelp4u
Simpleula
Anyone who wants to this tag should obviously just do it!

My questions to you guys
I would love for you to actually answer the same questions as I got from Karissa Jacksn. I thought that these were actually pretty great questions! I’ve listed them down below so it’ll be easier for you guys to answer them!

-Where is your favorite hangout spot?
-What reminds you most of your childhood?
-What is your favorite candy?
-Texting or calling? Why?
-What is your favorite drink?
-If you could live on a different planet, would you do it? Why?
-Are you now, or were you ever afraid to go to the dentist?
-Do you have any celebrity crushes?
-Did you decorate your living space? Do you like it?
-City or Suburb? Why?
-What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

I hope you liked this post. Thank you for reading this entire thing 🙂 I hope you’re having a great day!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Changing my study method

The new school year has begun for some of you and I wanted to update you on my new study method since it might help you! I’ve switched it up quite a lot and I’ve finally found a good way to make sure that I know my courses better. Since courses in med school are quite voluminous having a good study technique really makes a difference. I make sure that during class I write down what’s important. I follow the slides that are projected on a big screen and make sure that I listen to what the professor says. That way I can understand the most important concepts in our books.

The studying process is something that’s often pushed back to the weekend. Before studying I read my notes and then start. Everything in these courses is valuable information and needs to be known. There is no such thing as more important/less important (unfortunately 😦 )! Instead of just using one study method I now use a combination of different techniques. This helps me to make a difference in concepts I fully and concepts that need more time.

First method: there are parts of my books that I read multiple times and make sure that I understand what I’m reading. This doesn’t take a lot of time and I do this multiple times per day or even per week to make sure that I still know what the course is all about.

The second method that I like, is making question sheets on a part of my course. I make these sheets for parts of my course that I have trouble memorizing and I’ve noticed that this technique forces me to really actively read and my notes. I only do this for several parts of my courses because writing questions down takes up time.

Last but not least the third technique I use is making resumes of my printed notes. I personally don’t advise going for this technique in med school. I feel like while making these I’m not actively thinking about the subject I’m studying. Making resumes doesn’t only take a lot of time it makes you have less time to revise and consolidate the information – this technique didn’t work as well for me as the other two techniques but I do like to make these before going into my classes.

The key to these techniques is not about the time you put in making them. It’s about actively making them and thinking about everything that’s important. Active studying is more efficient and will help you memorize everything faster.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know what study technique you prefer in the comment section down below!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe