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OSCE DVD - Final year Medic [Mar. 15th, 2011|09:06 pm]



Are there any DVDs for OSCE skills aimed at final year medics?

I have a few DVDs that came with some clinical skills books I've acquired over the years of med school, but they're very basic and not up to the same standard that is expected of finals.. the other thing is always being sent on outblock net access is not always easy so was hoping to find a set of DVDs rather than online access. But if they don't exist I'll have to settle for online access.

Has anyone tried these? Are they any good?

The other site recommended to me is this:

I'd feel happier about shelling out £100 if I knew someone had used these and found them helpful

Ace the OSCE (acemedicine) apparently only allows you to view their videos 3 times which totally would not be enough for me!

(I'm in the UK)

Thanks in advance .
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Study Partners for USMLE Step 1 [Oct. 27th, 2010|01:59 pm]

Ищу партнеров для подготовки к USMLE STEP 1. Москва.

С уважением,
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ATTN: students with a .edu email address [Jul. 21st, 2010|11:01 am]

Amazon is offering a free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime (Which usually costs $79 a year. Perks include free 2 day shipping, and $3.99 overnight shipping): http://amzn.to/bSH8jP (url shortened with bit.ly)

This is being marketed towards college students but all you need is a valid .edu email address, so teachers and alumni might be able to benefit from this too (though the Terms of Service does say they have the right to ask for proof that you are a current student).

I apologize if you have already heard about this amazing deal. I just want to help spread the word on this before they stop offering it. I am not an employee of Amazon, nor do I gain anything from people signing up for this service.
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Poll for call [May. 15th, 2010|12:56 pm]

My question is, how much call did you take as a medical student rotating in psychiatry and/or what do you think is a reasonable amount (please don't say no call... that's what I would have said as an MSIII) and what the learning objectives should be.

Also, any feedback on what was done while on call would be appreciated and what you learned from this experience (if anything).  Feel free to leave the name of your institution if you want or to remain anon that is fine too.

Cross posted in a few communities....

I am a resident in psychiatry and have Med Students complaining that the call is too much for them when they rotate at our facility, as other sites have less call.  Our facility is not attached to the medical school except to support rotating students.  I had much more call as a med students in psych and at my current institution its not really a lot of scut, but instead seeing patients in the ER and on the Wards with resident supervision and then participating in discussion.  We do not even have the students write a note and of course I am biased since this is my specialty, but I think that seeing a psych patient in an emergency setting and having to evaluate suicidal and homicidal ideation is valuable to a lot of other specialties (even though most other specialties seem to get frustrated with psych).

I am all about reform, but before I go to someone higher up in my chain of command I wanted more input.  I think part of the problem is that my program is a lot more intense and has a lot higher patient volume than some of the other places the students rotate in psychiatry.  Its definitely less than an IM or surgical work schedule and part of the problem is that the expection is that psychiatry should be an easy rotation.  If you can help me out by giving me feedback perhaps I could suggest some changes to my department if it is needed...or at least justify the expectations that we have now.

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Nurse to Doctor! [Apr. 24th, 2010|09:23 am]


In my country, the UK, it is an unspoken rule by the General Medical Council, that qualified nurses who have got their nursing degree (three years of study) and have then worked for a few years, that when they then go on to do medicine, they make the best doctors.

They get the best application spread (provided they already have adequate grades in Maths, Science and English, although these exams can be retaken as an adult, in order to apply for medical school)

My university even offers an accelerated 4 year course for nurses (medicine over here is 5 or 6 years)

I thought I'd throw this out here, do you think nurses would make the best doctors? See everything from the ground up?
Is this route even possible in the USA/Canada where one needs a college degree before medical school, do nursing degrees 'count'?

PS: I'm a medical student that loves nurses and other health professionals. My mum was a nurse in the USA but got 'relieved of her contract' as she got treated terribly over there, she came to the UK to get paid more and respected more. This was in the 1970s and I expect the situation is totally different now. Anyway!
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how to choose a specialty [Apr. 4th, 2010|04:55 pm]

For anyone who can't decide what specialty to go into....

A helpful algorithm (click to enlarge)
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(no subject) [Mar. 10th, 2010|02:59 pm]

[Current Mood |pessimisticpessimistic]

Hi everyone :)
I am a undergrad freshman, and I am looking into possible career choices. I know that I am interested in healthcare, but I am not sure as to what kind of healthcare I would like to go into. Also, I am intimidated by the idea of medical school and becoming a doctor. Is medical school extremely stressful? And do doctors really have no time for lives of their own? I have thought about becoming a nurse, particularly a certified nurse midwife, but everyone tells me that if i am going to go into the medical field, I should not underestimate myself and be intimidated by the workload and stress involved with becoming a doctor.

I have also been told that if I were to pursue a career as a doctor, and decided I didnt like it, or failed at it, I could easily go into nursing. I was also told that this does not apply the other way around. Is this true? How did you know that a career as a doctor was right for you, and that you could handle it?

Any insight is really appreciated :)
Thank you.
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Are all docs geniuses? [Jan. 3rd, 2010|10:10 pm]

[Current Mood |worriedworried]

 Hi guys,

I'm doing my A Levels (PreMed) studies in Malaysia, currently in my first half of the semester.

This would sound totally stupid/random,god forgive me, but going through some med forums, I realize that I constantly meet doctors who said they excelled in high school (top of the class, chem/biology genius,and the list goes on...), and not a single one of them sounds like a normal person (normal as in, above average) .

I'm still a bit shaken (cuz I'm still in my experimenting stage), my question is; 

Can a dedicated and passionate average joe become a doctor? It seems like a lot of med students I hear have top score results, best in their class, won science fairs, etc.... I know how competitive med school is (we're constantly reminded by our lecturers everyday *sigh*), and it sounds intimidating, so I wonder if its too late to dream about entering medicine when my results are mediocre to good enough, but not great. =I

And, do you know any med student/doctor who's considered to have a typically 'normal' college/high school? 

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House hunting near Yale [Sep. 29th, 2009|11:25 am]

I have a nephew and his girlfriend moving to Yale. They are looking for housing? Does anyone have any suggestions? They are finding lots of discrepancies in information of the surrounding areas.
What areas should they avoid?
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(no subject) [Aug. 3rd, 2009|08:50 pm]



Just a quick introductary post really :) I'm Alice, 19, and going to start studying medicine this September, after coming back from a gap year in Peru where I worked in an orphanage. I've just started this livejournal so I can keep some kind of record of my first year... think it will be an interesting thing to look back on! Can't wait to start university, although a little nervous as I'm not brilliant with blood...something that I'm hoping I will get used to without fainting too many times..

Look forward to chatting with some of you and my probably large number of frantic posts come September :)

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