robotic prostate exam Medical schools across the country are embracing simulated and virtual patients to train medical students. Drexel University and the University of Florida use a device called Patrick, "a simulated patient that talks to medical students while offering real-time feedback about the virtual prostate exam he’s receiving." Image credit: QKED Science

An excerpt from So You Got Into Medical School... Now What?: A Guide to Preparing for the Next Four Years. By far one of the most unique experiences first-year medical students can have is working in the gross anatomy lab. From the potent smell of formaldehyde to the chill of ...

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shutterstock_183558071 Mais où sont les neiges d’antan? But where are the snows of yesteryear? Not many people are experts in medieval French poetry. It’s a tiny little corner of academia, filled with people whose passions and imaginations lie a millennium in the past. And so many of those academics, and I do use that term in the most tweed-wearing, bookish, kindly way possible, have ...

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shutterstock_166395998 Kaitlyn Elkins was a medical student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina and a member of the class of 2015. She excelled academically, named the valedictorian of her high school class and graduating summa cum laude from Campbell University. She wrote poetry in her free time. She had a cat, lovingly named Gatito. On April 11, 2013, just ...

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We’ve all heard it said that learning medicine is like drinking from a firehose. Yet many students and schools don’t use one of the most effective study techniques available to them. Spaced repetition is a powerful, evidence-based study technique that can enhance learning and long-term retention of medical knowledge. Medical students and schools could both benefit from understanding and using spaced repetition to produce more knowledgeable and better-informed doctors. Over a ...

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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been classically described as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”  At first look, this well-accepted approach to clinical medicine appears not only completely reasonable, but also somewhat obvious given the immense amount of research available for academic consumption. EBM has been repeatedly preached as the gold standard of clinical care across all medical ...

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shutterstock_221545084 With my third year of medical school coming to a close, here is what I wish I did differently, wish I knew beforehand or figured out along the way during my core clinical rotations. It's nothing groundbreaking, and you may have heard this before, but it can't hurt to hear it from someone else. Hold yourself accountable for the welfare of your ...

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shutterstock_153221729 I recently gave two talks at my residency program, one on health care innovation and another on intimate partner violence. I know little about each topic, but my goal as presenter was merely to know more than each person in the room. To require residents to give talks as newly-minted “experts” on topics creates a paradox of generating both anxiety and ...

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shutterstock_133609640 When I began volunteering during my first year of medical school at our student-run free clinic, I noticed that I felt stressed out in the chaotic environment, from the director’s tough questions and the long wait times to present to an attending. My muscles tight, I would feel exhausted after leaving the clinic. I knew, even at that time, it was ...

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I just stepped out of the administrative building at medical school and hear a big commotion. I look over and see an elderly male slouched on the ground bleeding profusely from his mouth and nose.  Blood is soaking the front of his collared shirt and pooling on the ground. Bystanders are making a scene and not sure what to do. I drop the items I'm carrying and calmly approach the man and ...

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