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I’m “done” with anatomy! My first med school class down. Yesss. My brother and I made a list of the ten most likely people to ask me for drugs— two of them already have. I’ve already been asked my “medical opinion” by a relative (I usually say ‘amputate’) and It’s not even Thanksgiving!

It KILLS Cancer?!

With people pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana there’s a lot of propaganda for it everywhere online. I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff that says things along the lines of “marijuana KILLS cancer cells.” Now I’m pretty sure this is wrong, b/c I feel like if this were true then…

Here’s an idea for an in-vitro study (nobody copy this plz):

1. Plate cancer cells on agar.
2. Directly inject THC + solvent in a volume sufficient to cause lysis.
3. Record findings
4. Conclusion: THC kills cancer
5. Get published in High Times Journal and profit until buzz kill epidemiologists can refute



Hemingway goes up to the counter and orders one espresso. It’s hot. He drinks it in silence. It makes him remember his father’s cabin. He thinks about the woman he loved once. He does not smile. The coffee reminds him of war - short but painful, swallowed down quickly. One could order worse drinks. He leaves Starbucks and walks out into the rain.

  1. anatomydoodles said: Seconding UMich, I love that site. Also draw! In as much detail as you can, it really forces you to understand it.

  2. modernathena90 said: UMich anatomy website is money. For serious. Best of luck, dude :)

    Werd. I’ll definitely use U Mich.

  3. wayfaringmd said: Cram tip: don’t.

    “Cram” probably wasn’t the right word for me to use. I’ve already studied everything, I just need to review. But I’ll keep that in mind for future blocks… Thx evry1.


Faces of Vaccine Denialism

Don’t forget Mastermind McCarthy:

Everybody is unique! McCarthy’s unprecedented levels of egotism and ignorance have the unique ability to transform fear into mass negligent homicide.

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Anon’s Question

Anon asked me: I’ve had [REDACTED # OF INTERVIEW(S?)] so far and nobody I’ve asked has given me a straight answer to my question. A lot of schools brag about getting their first years patient interaction, but how can I tell if it’s actually substantial? I’m becoming a doctor because I want to make a difference, and I want to start making a difference right away. How can I figure out which schools will let me do this?

Great question, anon! I hope I can answer it. I was in your shoes a year ago and was wondering the same exact thing. P.S. sorry I edited your question—just don’t want people who are still waiting on an interview to get freaked out OR have people who have had more interviews than you to get unwarranted ego boosts.

At my school, at least, all of the real patient interaction we get comes from volunteering at the free clinics. M1s can get training for TB tests, flu shots, and even HIV testing, but most of our possible clinical work is in taking patient histories. So, I guess it depends if you consider testing or flu shots making a difference—I guess I do. As for the rest of our experience in the clinic, we are usually paired with a M2 and M3/M4 and then we all present to an attending.

Usually the run down is like this: I, an M1, start the patient history. I do okay with the history of present illness and past medical history until I ask about medications the patient is on and he starts rattling off a bunch of things for the many chronic conditions he’s managing that I have never heard of before. My face looks like this as I try to write it all down.

Then the M2 bails me out. We finish the history then she does the vitals. And maybe another part of the physical. But she doesn’t know how to use the weird ass tuning fork thing to test hear conduction. So the M3 takes over the rest of the physical. She does okay but maybe misses something and we all go back in with the attending who does real medicine.

Do I feel like I’ve made a difference after all of this?… Nah. Not really. The patient doesn’t like essentially being practiced on (although that is part of the implicit agreement of using the free clinic) and we really just slow the attending down. From what it sounds like, it takes a long time to transition from “being in the way” to “making a difference.” That being said, even though I am not contributing, I am learning a lot from these experiences.

I imagine that’s what you’re really getting into with any of the M1 patient interaction type stuff. We don’t know what the hell we’re doing yet. I know that’s frustrating but I think that’s just sort of how it goes. If other medblrs have other info for anon about making a difference as an M1 feel free to chime your chimes up in here.

good luck anon!

whoever holds this hammer
if she be worthy
shall posses the power of thor

Uuhr mahh gawd

whoever holds this hammer

if she be worthy

shall posses the power of thor

Uuhr mahh gawd

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Why you should take a year or two off before medical school

I would rather do just about anything right now than study anatomy. I wouldn’t say I’m quite at my nadir yet, but the block 3 exam is coming up and the anatomy shelf quickly follows. I don’t know whether it’s the monotony of studying that’s got me down or the realization that this is all that the foreseeable future holds. I’m in a bit of a dark place right now, but luckily I found this silly picture on my computer:

It’s a picture of a ceiling fan that I took when I was traveling alone after getting my acceptance letter and quitting my job. This is a bar in Barcelona that Hemingway supposedly frequented. I did what any raging fanboy would do and got skunked off of absinthe. I was feeling poeticly drunk enough that something about this fan just really spoke to me. I probably wept after I took it. It’s ridiculous, silly, and far more uplifting than it should be. It’s nice to look back on fond (read: absurd) memories (and dare I say snippets of the human condition??) to keep me motivated.

I don’t know how the traditional students do it. Not that you haven’t had probably more cool experiences than I did, but I just wouldn’t have been ready. Mad props to you all. Here is another picture of a super European dude and his dog. I was probably all like, “Umm… Señor! *hic* Señor! Perdoname. Um.. Me permite tomar una fotogrfia de su perro? *hic* Muy bonito perro. Me gusta mucho. Como se llama el? *hic* No, el perro. Bien. Gracias. Adios.” Never mind that they speak Catalan in Barcelona.

Anyway, even if you don’t take a year off, at least take pictures to afford yourself a potential future distraction. That’s the lesson here, I think. Also don’t drink and study. Friends don’t let friends drink and study. Except mine, I guess.