Welcome to this week’s Friday Five. I wanted to be able to share different facts and a few of my favorite things in a more lighthearted way and so decided to start this blog series. Each week, I will share some fun information in each of these five categories: medical facts, study tips, great study snacks I’ve been loving, my favorite social media accounts, and some Disney trivia. Be sure to stay tuned each week!
1. The Practice of Medicine
Case: 17 year old male presents to the ED with fever, lethargy, altered mental status, stiff neck, and purpuric rash over trunk
-What are you thinking? Bacterial meningitis, probably from Neisseria meningitidis
-What is important to assess first? Treat like a trauma scenario (airway, breathing, circulation), especially with report of altered mental status. Check vitals!
-Next step? Lumbar puncture once you are assured patient is hemodynamically stable; Get Gram stain and culture of the CSF
-Anything else to consider? Rifampin prophylaxis for close contacts
2. Study Time…all the time
Note taking is basically the key to all studying. During the first two years of med school, when our lives were focused on listening to lectures and reading textbooks, I used OneNote to keep track of all my notes. I loved being able to organize by module, subject, all the way down to the individual lecture. With OneNote, you can even insert pictures, audio, and modify notes with highlighting and other editing features. I would insert screenshots of important powerpoint slides from lectures right into my notes. You can also sync everything between multiple devices, so I could pull up my notes from wherever, either on my iPad or phone.
3. Snacks? Do you have to ask?
Hydration is super important! It helps your body stay more alert, focused, and fights fatigue. For more fun reading, check out this Greatist article with 34 ways water is beneficial to your health. Lately, I have been loving this electrolyte coconut water. Not only does it taste like a tropical vacation, but it helps fight those afternoon study slumps.
4. Get Social!
I really enjoyed Lindsay’s post about how she studies in med school at her blog, The Plum Stethoscope. Unless you have a photographic memory, it’s pretty much impossible to learn all of the information we are required to know in medical school by just reading it one time. I love her plan of studying the material in multiple passes, with each time serving a different purpose. This really should help the information stick.
5. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
Epcot is my favorite Walt Disney World park! I love being able to “travel around the world” all on the same vacation.
How many nations are represented in the World Showcase of Epcot? 11
Can you name them? Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada
Bonus question: Did you know Epcot is an acronym? What does it stand for?
Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow: To learn more about the history of the development of Epcot, check out this post and especially watch the video of Walt Disney himself explaining his vision for Epcot.
How did you like this week’s Friday Five? Do you have any suggestions of topics that could make some special appearances? Be sure to leave a comment below.
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