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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.

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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…

Oct
12

Questions to Ask at Your Interviews

The REAL Questions to Ask at Family Medicine Interviews

There are a ton of potential questions, to help determine if a program is a good fit for YOU. So it’s time to ask yourself what kind of training environment you want, what populations you hope to work with and what you want…

Sep
28

FM: Opposed versus Unopposed

Family Medicine - Opposed or Unopposed?

“Is your program opposed or unopposed?” It’s the second question I asked of each program at last year’s AAFP conference, but it’s not the right one to ask. First, let’s define about what I’m talking about. Definitions Are Important Unopposed – Means that at the primary educational facility (hospital)…

Sep
15

2017 Match Season Updates

ERAS has Opened

Today is the ACGME opening in ERAS, and that means Match 2017 is in full swing. We will be putting LOTS OF TIPS and info on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FamilyMedicineRocks/?fref=FMS) during the Residency Interview & 2017 Match season. We highly recommend you follow us…

Sep
14

An Interview with Swap&Snooze

Interview with Swap & Snooze

FMS Interviews Jess and Megan at Swap&Snooze Swap&Snooze is an awesome way for medical students to help each other out. Free to join, free to use, and free for sleeping when you’re on the interview trail. You have to prove you’re a medical…

Sep
7

Confirming my Commitment to Family Medicine

An experience in OB confirmed my commitment to family medicine

Confirming my Commitment to Family Medicine My final rotation of fourth year was a two week elective in OB/GYN. I’d chosen it in late January, with only a few days to cement my schedule I assumed by May I’d want to brush up on my women’s…

Aug
31

Tips to My Third Year Self: Christina & Jake Mutch

Tips To My Third Year Self

Why get answers from one fourth year, when you can get answers from two? Christina and Jake Mutch think back to the beginning of third year, to offer you five tips for doing great as you start your next clinical rotation. 1. OnlineMedEd. OnlineMedEd. OnlineMedEd. Do it.…

Aug
24

Fourth Year Tips from Marshall Ochi

Tips for Fourth Year Students

Part Two of our series of interviews with current FM interns, giving advice and tips for fourth year medical students embarking on the residency application and interview process. Today we’re interviewing Marshall Ochi, who has a passion for Sports Medicine and Matched to ProMedica Toledo Hospital Family Medicine…