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Doctorinspe is now on FACEBOOK!

It took a while to make this page but it finally worked! Show some love and support and follow my page on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Doctorinspe/

A lot of work went into making the page so make sure to check it out. Give some recommendations on how to do better. I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog. If you have a Facebook page of your own, leave the link down below and I’ll make sure to check it out!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

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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

30 day cold shower challenge

The 30 day cold shower challenge has become of the most popular challenges of the summer and since there are quite a few benefits related to this challenge I too decided to take the plunge. Here’s what you need to know about it

The cold water challenge tells you to take a cold shower every day for a month. It’s said that taking a cold showers has a lot of benefits to it like improving productivity, improving your immune system, reducing blood pressure and speed up healing.

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Infographic from punditcafe

A few tips before you start
-Don’t take a shower every day. Taking a shower every day also means waisting a lot of water, instead take a shower every other day.
-Stand in the shower and let the cold water flow instead of waiting outside your shower until you have enough courage to go in. This will again prevent waisting water.
-Take a cold shower after you have worked out. It’ll be easier, trust me.
-When your heart starts racing, try to keep going. After you’ve gone through that phase it gets easier!
-Make sure to put some warmer clothes on after your shower if you don’t want to catch a cold.

The result
Even though it did take a little while to adjust to showering with cold water it wasn’t too bad. The first couple of times my hart was racing but I just tried to take a deep breath. It can be tough to get through that part but afterwards you’ll definitely feel better.
Unlike my regular showers, I took less than 7 minutes to completely wash myself with cold water and I felt like I hadn’t waisted as much water. I have a huge issue with waisting water so this was definitely something important for me.
Taking cold showers in the morning made me feel invincible and ready to take on the day. It sounds weird but it felt like doing something I didn’t always think was possible made me feel better. This is a challenge that I honestly hope to keep doing because I liked it so much!

Let me know in the comment section whether you’d try showering with cold water every day.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Medical stationary gifts

I recently saw a picture on Instagram that had bone balpens and while I was searching for these I came across these amazing school/college supplies. Most of these would make great gifts and they can be found on various sites such as Aliexpress, Amazon and Etsy. So without further ado here are some great gifts for medical students.

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1. Sticky notes
I found these great sticky notes on Amazon, these are pricier than your regular sticky notes but they’re unique and quirky. There are quite a few options to choose from so definitely check these out!
Link: Amazon

2. Memo holder
This is definitely the most unique gift out on this list. It’s a brain shaped memo holder made out of concrete. These are made in the Netherlands and you can find these on Etsy or on the manufacturers site.
Link: Manufacturers site
Link: Etsy

3. Pen
A funny gift for students who are tackling anatomy and learning all bones in the human body. These balpens are quite affordable and can be found on Amazon and on Aliexpress.
Note: since Aliexpress can sometimes be unreliable I’ve tried to filter out two companies that have sold the most and had the best reviews.
Link: Aliexpress
Link: Aliexpress
Link: Amazon

4. Erasers
I found these cool brain shaped eraser tops on Amazon but you can also buy these on Etsy. They come in different colours and are a great addition to your medical stationary.
Link: Amazon
Link: Etsy

5. Tape
I never knew about DNA tape but it’s a clever take on regular tape. You can use this to decorate your note books. This tape also comes in a spinal tape version and you can buy both of these together on Amazon.
Link DNA tape: Amazon
Link spinal tape: Amazon

6. Markers
These come in many different shapes but two stood out to me. The first were pill shaped markers. I personally loved these from Amazon because of the bottle they came in.
The second shape were syringe shaped markers which you can find almost everywhere.
Link pill markers: Amazon
Link syringe markers: Amazon

I hope you enjoyed this stationary as much as I did! Let me know in the comment section which stationary item you liked most.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Preparing for retake exams

As you all know I’ll be on vacation but for students who need to retake exams I wanted to write this blogpost. Retake exams are not fun and you often have less time for retake exams, than for exams you take during the year. It’s important in medical school to pass retake exams or you won’t be able to follow all courses from the following year.

1. Look at what went wrong first
Since you have retake exams it means that something went wrong the first time. Therefore it’s important to take a look at your exams and see what went wrong. There are feedback moments, there are professors who will help and guide you through the process. They will be able to tell you what went wrong and thus what you can do better next time.

2. Make a good schedule
I made a timetable for my vacation. I have already spend a good amount of time relaxing. It’s important to make a timetable that you will follow. You need to divide your time well and make sure that you keep to your schedule. You don’t want to retake these exams again next year.
When I had retakes I would study for three days and take one day off. That’s how I stayed positive and kept on studying during my vacation.

3. How to use your notes
Before studying make sure to have all of your notes present. Do not rewrite them because that is just a way to procrastinate the actual study process.
If there are mistakes on your notes write those in red so you don’t make them again.
If you don’t have notes, ask your classmates for help! I miserably failed the easiest class last year and I was lucky enough to borrow someone else’s notes.

4. Too many retake exams
Students with 7-8 retake exams often end up taking all of their exams. In the end they fail with 45/100 which is really sad in my opinion. If you know you won’t be able to pass all of your exams, or you have too many try to prioritize your classes!

5. Don’t get demotivated
It’s important to keep your goals in front of you because they will motivate you for me a simple inspiration board works. When I’m really not feeling it I’ll take a day off (this is usually planned in my schedule). Taking a day off will help you get motivated back again.

Last but not least I hope that you do well on your retake exams! If you have some tips for retake exams leave them in comment section down below because they can help other students ;). If you liked this article press the like button down below.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe