Behind the scenes of Step 1

Step 1 is rough. For those who don't know, Step 1 is one of 4 licensing exams a medical student must pass before being able to legally practice medicine in the U.S. (Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Skills, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, Step 3). My step 1 study plan is on the blog here, but … Continue reading Behind the scenes of Step 1


Streptococcus bovis bacteremia and colon cancer

Did you know? That if a patient has Streptococcus bovis in their blood it is customary to screen them for colon cancer? The bacteria looks kinda pretty in this photo from Cancer Therapy Advisor.  Microbiology is one of my favorite topics! Previously scientists stated that 100 trillion bacteria reside in/on our bodies but that 1970s … Continue reading Streptococcus bovis bacteremia and colon cancer

Placebo Effect

I recently came across a fantastic resource for current developments in medicine. It is a weekly subscription to The Scope, check out one of their short and sweet articles below on the Placebo Effect. Nocebo Just like you feel worse when your friends remind you that you're working Friday night, patients feel worse when they're … Continue reading Placebo Effect

Grey’s Anatomy: Real life?

Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, House...there are countless of "Doctor" TV shows. Now I would hope that any sensible person would realize that these are excessive dramatizations of what happens in the hospital. BUT to clear things up Amanda Kirzner, DO, MPH has written a great article to enlighten everyone about the misconceptions of Hollywood Doctors. reading Grey’s Anatomy: Real life?

Hayflick Limit

Hayflick and Moorehead in 1961 observed that non-transformed, embryonic human fibroblasts would only go through a set number of divisions before they arrested growth irreversibly. This is called replicative senescence. This concept has become an interesting phenomena for the fields of aging science and cancer science. This is because long living species have more cumulative … Continue reading Hayflick Limit