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  • Residency Caps: What Medical Students Should Know

  • Created January 24, 2017 by Brian Wu
  • Due to their complexity, residency caps don’t make for scintillating news. Outside the medical field – where the debate rages on – not many people are aware of the issue. But nonetheless, these caps on the number of residencies available to US medical students is incredibly important, not only to aspiring doctors but to the...VIEW >
  • From “Book Rat” to Neurologist: An Interview with José Cavazos, MD-PhD

  • Created January 23, 2017 by Suzanne Barston
  • As a child, José Cavazos, MD-PhD, was a self-proclaimed “book rat”. So, it makes sense that his career path was clear after reading a book. “I stumbled into the literary work—meaning the autobiography—of Don Santiago Ramón y Cajal. He’s a Nobel laureate, the discoverer of the neuron, from Spain,” said Cavazos, speaking to SDN at...VIEW >
  • Case of the Week: An unusual presentation from sub-Saharan Africa

  • Created January 20, 2017 by Figure 1
  • A 15-year-old boy presents with rough, corrugated plaques on his hands, wrist, feet, and ankles. The presentation appeared shortly after birth and has worsened over the years. The soles of his feet, as well as his face, abdomen, and palms, remain unaffected. He is otherwise well. What’s the cause of this striking skin abnormality?...VIEW >
  • Teaching Future Doctors About Addiction

  • Created January 19, 2017 by Natalie Jacewicz
  • Jonathan Goodman can recall most of the lectures he’s attended at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He can recite detailed instructions given more than a year ago about how to conduct a physical. But at the end of his second year, the 27-year-old M.D.-Ph.D. student could not remember any class dedicated to addiction medicine....VIEW >
  • What is Bipolar Disorder?

  • Created January 17, 2017 by Open Osmosis
  • You’ve probably heard someone with a moody personality described as “biopolar.” However bipolar disorder, sometimes known as manic depression, is a very different state than this colloquial term. Biopolar disorder is a type of mental disorder affecting millions of people who experience periods of extreme lows, known as depression, as well as periods of extreme...VIEW >
  • Careless (and Repulsive) Whispers

  • Created January 13, 2017 by The Short Coat Podcast
  • Fresh from winter break, Kaci McCleary, Tony Rosenberg, Mark Moubarek, and new co-host Teneme Konne bring us up to date on their activities during their time off.  We hear from co-host Amy Young as she sends in her (surprising?) thoughts on the Grand Canyon.  Meanwhile, the good old mesentery might get a well deserved promotion, from...VIEW >
  • Quiz: When a tight wedding ring suggests a rare diagnosis

  • Created January 13, 2017 by Figure 1
  • A 42-year-old male presents with a long history of headaches, impaired vision, and fatigue. He mentions his wedding ring no longer fits and he has joint pain. Swollen hands and feet, coarse facial features, and a bitemporal hemianopsia are noted on examination. Investigations reveal a diagnosis of acromegaly secondary to a pituitary macroadenoma and he...VIEW >

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