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Match day

Match day, the day most US medical school applicants find out where they will spend the next several years of their lives in a training program, has moved to a Friday. For fresh graduates, it has traditionally been on a Thursday.


Medical odds

The odds of a medical student getting a 50/50 question correct is 25%. Reason being that, in medicine, the intuitive answer is not usually correct.

Bookwalter retractor

A benefit gained as an attending is that you do not have to stand on the same side as the Bookwalter retractor on open abdominal cases.

Learning through experience

As you progress through the ranks of residency, you come to a point where you realize that you’ve learned so much through experience and repetition, often without consciously making an effort to do so. Ironic, because as a medical student and early resident, it was always frustrating when I would ask someone higher up how s/he would know the correct actions to take in a certain non-textbook type situation and the answer I would receive was “experience”.

Barefoot shoes

Barefoot shoes, or toe shoes, can make a person look like an ape when worn.

Application picture

When sending in application pictures, for any purpose, try to refrain from sending in a Facebook profile picture, a selfie, or a picture that has a brick background.

Do not give a ****

If you were asked a question a few and didn’t know the answer, it’s a good idea to look it up, so that when the chief of surgery asks you the same question two days later you know the answer. At the very least, just say that you don’t know rather than reminding her/him that you did not care to look the answer up with an answer such as “you asked me that the other day and I didn’t know the answer.”

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