Last Thursday, June 22nd, the Senate released it’s version of the new healthcare legislation, which is designed to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Due to some legislative loopholes, the Republican party is looking to force a rapid vote on this bill in the next ten days. I won’t get into specifics on how…Continue Reading “Stop H.R. 1628 (The Senate ACA Repeal) – Email Your Senator!”


Many medical students lose the love of reading during medical school. This loss of passion is probably related to the massive quantity of medical books and journal articles that we are forced to read every day. It’s hard enough to come home after a 12-hour clinic shift and still read/review for 1-2 hours, not to…Continue Reading “10 Must Read Non Medical Books for Medical Students and When to Read Them”

Pass/Fail Medical Schools

I abhor grades – if a [medical student] does his best, that’s all that should be asked. -Richard Dawson   Medical School Grades and Grading Systems If you’re looking to apply for medical school in the U.S., then you are very familiar with A-F grading and the 4.0 grade point system. Virtually all undergraduate programs…Continue Reading “Grading Systems: Pass/Fail Medical Schools”

AMS Altered Mental Status Mnemonic

Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. “No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?” “I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter. – Lewis Carroll   It’s a common sight in the Emergency Room: a family member…Continue Reading “Medical Mnemonic Series: Altered Mental Status”