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

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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

Book review: The man who mistook his wife for a hat

I recently red the book ‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ written by Oliver Sacks, a British neurologist. Oliver sacks is quite a famous writer, he has written 14 books of which 7 were made into a movie. This specific book was written in 1985 and it consists of 24 cases in which different neurological issues are being discussed.

Summary
The book is divided into four categories that each talk about a specific neurological issue. Part one deals with losses, part two with excess, part three transports (about perception, imagination, dreams,…) and part four the world of the simple (how ‘simple’ people understand remarkable concepts).

I’m going to talk about one of these stories because it stood out to me. It’s the story of Jose, the autist artist. This is written in chapter four – the world of the simple. Jose was a 21 year old male who was said to be retarded and had seizures which caused him to be hospitalized. During his examination he was asked to draw a pocket watch which he drew remarkably well. Dr. Sacks was amazed by this and wanted to learn more about this patient. He wanted to see more drawings and asked Jose to draw some more and again his drawings were really nice.
It appeared that Jose was indeed autistic, but that he was quite talented. He could draw, remember what he drew and he was able make adaptations to his drawings.
This story definitely stood out for me because it just goes to show that there is a whole world to people that often stays unnoticed, even for many many years.
The drawings are included in the book but I wanted to show you an example. On the left we see the picture, on the right the drawing that Jose made.

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There are many more extraordinary stories written in this book. It’s an easy read making it is a book that will appeal to a lot of people. Difficult concepts are all explained in the book making the book fit for anyone interested in knowing more about brain related issues.
For those wanting to learn or read more about neurological problems, there are also a lot of references to other scientifical books. Especially Loeria (neuropsychologist) and Jackson (neurologist) are writers who are often referred to.

For me this was such an interesting book that I was able to finish it within the day. It is therefore no surprise that I strongly advise you to read this book.

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

Gifts for med students

There are only six days left for christmas which means that if you havent found a cool gift yet you probably should start looking harder. If you’re looking for gifts for medicine students, no need to worry! I’ve got you covered.

gifts

1: Cher medical ID bracelet from www.laurenshope.com

2: Bodum travel mug from www.bodum.com

3: Littman Cardiology III Stethoscope from amazon.de. You can engrave these as well.

4: Urbanears Plattan adv wireless headphones in snow blue from www.urbanears.com

5: White and gold notebook from Etsy store Lake1221 You can personalize this one if you want!

6: Parker Jotter ballpoints in black and one in silver.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know which gift you liked most in the comment section.

Lots of love!

Doctor in spe

Inspirational: love your melon

Love your melon is one of those things I just saw passing on facebook quite a while ago. I didn’t pay a lot of attention then since all of their beanies kept selling out but I figured that since it’s winter I should write about it. For those of you who’ve never heard of them Love your melon is a company founded by two friends and students who wanted to ‘put a hat on every child batteling cancer in America’. They started in 2012 and have since then donated over 80 000 hats to children and donated a staggering 1,5 million dollars to non-profit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.

That’s not all! You can help them! If you live in the U.S. you can join their crew programme. The guidelines and details are all listed on their site so make sure to check those out if you’d be interested.

Last but not least I recommend everyone to go get yourself a nice beanie! Just because they’re supporting some very good causes. They have so many different beanies to choose from and if you shouldn’t like beanies, they also sell caps, bags and scarfs. If you want a beanie do make sure you’re quick enough since they tend to sell out quite quickly!

 

Let me know in the comment section if you liked Love Your Melon and if you want to get a beanie! Lots of love!

Doctor in spe

 

Working with PubMed

Apparently first year medicine students need to write papers before the end of the year. The paper consists out of two parts. The first is a searching for articles in which we talk about the search engines we used to find articles related to our search subject and the second is the actual paper.

I was very fortunate and I got assigned to medical psychology. You might wonder why I was happy about getting medical anthropology well basically it’s because the professor teaching the course is a really friendly and is one of the few professors that is actually interesting to listen to.
The only negative part is that somehow students with medical anthropology seem to struggle finding articles related to their subject on search engines like the famous PubMed. As you might already know there is always a benefit to discomfort. In my case that meant that putting in extra effort to find articles made me understand the searching process better.

I must admit that I am kind of stressed because I want a good report. I don’t think they grade our search report but a bad one means that we have start over. Since it took me 11 hours to make this one I kind of hope that it’s good enough!

Lots of love

Doctor in spe!

 

Staying motivated on week 6

It is finally week 6 and to be honest this week was great and amazing! The only reason why is because it was soooo short! So the past two days we had classes about sociology. It’s really interesting to really see that your social class basically influences every chance you get in life. It is however quite sad as well.

I’ve also finally started my search project. Basically we need to use different sites like Pubmed, google scholar etc to find scientific articles. I have to say that I have no knowledge on any of these programs making it more difficult. I haven’t been able to find many articles and it’s really annoying.

EDIT: I changed my subject because I couldn’t find any articles :’)

That was all for this week! Lots of love!

 

Introducing doctorinspe!

Sunday October 30th.

Hey and welcome to Doctorinspe. Just like any blog my blog is a personal blog where I talk about my journey trough med school. You can consider this as an online diary about everything med-related. Be prepared for some cool and crazy stories in the life of an average (med) student. Lots of love