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  • A Drinking Binge Leads to a Surgical Emergency

  • Created March 24, 2017 by Figure 1
  • A 58-year-old male presents to the emergency department with dyspnea and severe chest pain that radiates to his shoulder. He has a history of alcoholism and has just finished a 4-day drinking binge. On examination, crepitus is heard on palpation of the chest wall, and his pain worsens as he swallows. A diagnosis of Boerhaave syndrome...VIEW >
  • Dentistr-e Sports: The Intersection of Dental Training and Video Games

  • Created March 23, 2017 by Stephen Rogers
  • Originally published in Contour, March 2017, the magazine of the American Student Dental Association. Learn more at ASDAnet.org/contour. During a state visit in 2011, Barack Obama was greeted by Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who then handed him a video game. “The Witcher 2” was developed in Poland, and Obama explained it as “a great...VIEW >
gap year
  • Time Away From Formal Academics Can Enhance Application

  • Created March 22, 2017 by Laurie Tansey
  • Whether or not a student should take a “gap year” (or two) often comes up during our conversations with applicants to medical school. Based on MedEdits’ experience working with students, we find that gap years are becoming increasingly common and that this extra time away from formal academics can enhance a student’s candidacy. The Association...VIEW >
physician scientist
  • A Med Student’s Guide to Becoming a Physician-Scientist

  • Created March 21, 2017 by Brian Wu
  • When medical students start to think about areas of practice to specialize in once they graduate, the area of medical research can sometimes be overlooked in favor of more traditional practice areas such as internal medicine or surgery. However, for some doctors-to-be, the pull towards such research is strong and it is an important part...VIEW >
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  • Things I Didn’t Realize About Medicine Until I Became a Physician

  • Created March 20, 2017 by Student Doctor Network
  • Recently SDN member medinquirer noted that it’s common for premed students to learn about medicine through shadowing, volunteering, working in related fields, etc. But surely, said medinquirer in his post, there are things you don’t realize about medicine until after you become a full-fledged, practicing physician. What are those things? Here are some of them...VIEW >
  • What are these questionable coils on x-ray?

  • Created March 17, 2017 by Figure 1
  • An 87-year-old male’s abdominal X-ray revealed multiple radio-opaque coils in the upper abdomen. On assessment, he was delirious and unable to provide a sufficient medical history. A vertical scar was noted on his abdomen. What history can you infer from this imaging? Find the answer, discuss this case and more on Figure 1.  ...VIEW >

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