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Pixie is happiest reading with a cup of tea in hand. She enjoys women’s health, adolescent medicine, painting and polymer clay. For more info, see her much longer bio on the author page.

Mar
14

Welcome to Family Medicine…

Whether it happened on Monday or today in SOAP I’m so glad y’all Matched to Family Medicine. Tomorrow both MDs and DOs who participated in the NRMP Match find out where they Matched to. Many DOs are still on rotations – it is…

Jan
30

MATCH 2019: Making Your Rank Order List

Match 2019 Rank Order List

It’s Match 2019 and I’m assuming y’all are quietly losing your minds trying to rank most of the programs you interviewed at over the past four grueling months. You’ve been checking notes (hastily written on airplanes), creating spreadsheets (does the quality of the cafeteria food get equivalent points to the quietness of the call room?), and re-writing your list again and again.

Jan
26

OnlineMedEd adds OMM Videos

OnlineMedEd adds OMM videos - making COMLEX studying easier!

Find out why these new OMM videos will help you do better on COMLEX.

Sep
2

COMAT Exam: Emergency Medicine (EM Shelf)

EM Shelf - The NBOME's newest COMAT and COMQUEST'S new qBank

The EM Shelf With the creation of a formal NBOME emergency medicine COMAT exam, DO students now have yet another test to study for. Lucky for you, COMQUEST is here with a new collection of practice questions designed for the EM shelf. Their overview…

Aug
8

Match 2019: ACGME and the Last of the AOA Edition?

MATCH 2019

Fourth Years… The Force is With You! As August begins fourth year medical students begin a seven month odyssey of anxiety, self-promotion and self-doubt. That’s right, they’re beginning their Match journey. It was incredibly frustrating as a student on rotations trying to compile…

Feb
4

It’s February and Rank List Day is Coming

ACGME Match 2018

It’s that time of year again, when fourth year MD and DO medical students agonize over finalizing a Rank List to submit for the ACGME Match. This year’s due date is 2100 on 2/21, less than three weeks away, and I know you’re…

Feb
3

DO Match Week is Nearly Here

AOA SCRAMBLE 2018

On Monday February 5th the AOA Match will release its results into the wild, causing joy and unfortunate scrambles. It’s no surprise that the DO version of SOAP is therefore called the Scramble. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending this weekend quietly…

Apr
3

Which Medical Symbol Is Correct? ⚕ ☤ $ 

Which Medical Symbol is Correct?

 The Rod of Asclepius… …is the “true” medical symbol, ⚕ , and is preferred by medical societies who know what they’re doing, including the AOA, AMA, AAFP, Air Force Medical Corps and Navy Medical Corps. If you once studied Greek mythology you might remember that Asclepius was…

Dec
19

Five Tips for Rank Order Lists

FMstudent's Give Tips for Your Rank Order Lists

Poor fourth  years… you’ve applied, you’ve been interviewing, you’re exhausted and it’s already time to start making decisions about which program is your favorite. Odds are good you’re currently struggling to choose who to put in the number one slot.  Take a deep breath, relax. You’ll…

Oct
26

Differential Diagnosis for Fourth Year

Building a Better Differential As a medical student  I used VINDICATE to build my differential diagnoses, both in third and fourth year. As an intern I’ve realized I should have moved beyond the mnemonic in fourth year, to be better prepared for working on the…