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Least Competitive Medical Schools - MedSchoolCoach

What do you guys think? I was a little surprised when I came upon this article. 

African-American Medical School Entry Statistics

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Carnegie stage 13 Embryo showing neural tube and brain flexures
Rapid growth folds the neural tube forming 3 brain flexures: 
cephalic flexure - pushes mesencephalon upwards
cervical flexure - between brain stem and spinal cord
pontine flexure - generates 4th ventricle 

A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor: Writing Contest


Announcing the First Annual Medical Humor Writing Contest!

Here are the qualifications:

1) Must be at least 1000 words. There is no upper limit on word length.

2) Must relate to medicine in some way. I can be extremely flexible on this. It can be your experience as a premed, medical student, physician, nurse, physician assistant, or even patient. I would accept anything ranging from how you worked as a nurse treating ebola in Africa (or Colorado) to a medical school interview gone wrong.

3) Must have some element of humor. It does not have to be laugh out loud funny, but at least make me crack a tiny smile.

4) Deadline is October 15, 2014

5) Multiple submissions are permitted. There is no entry fee.

6) Must be HIPAA compliant (no patient identifiers)

What do you win?

First prize will be a $25 gift certificate on Amazon.

In order to have completely objective judging, Dr. Grumpy has agreed to help me by selecting among my favorite choices to anonymously pick the winner.

All submissions of reasonable quality will be collected and published in a book of medical stories that will be available on Amazon. By submitting, you are giving your approval to be included in this book. All profits from the book will be donated to Red Cross.

Email all submissions to with the subject Writing Contest Entry. Make sure you include a title and byline.

Aww yeah, y’all know the Medblrs gonna get in on this.

(To clarify: Dr. Grumpy and Dr. Cranquis are not related. We’re just 2 of the 7 medical dwarves.)

Reblogged from medresearch, Posted by medresearch.

Hepatitis C Cured In Patients Who Also Have HIV
In a multicenter clinical trial, a combination of two drugs cured the majority of patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C. Standard hepatitis C drugs are generally effective except in patients who have HIV as well. The treatment is already FDA approved.
Photo Courtesy of Charles Rice
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Greasing the Body’s Joints to Ease Pain 
By finding a way to “capture” a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid surrounding healthy joints, Johns Hopkins University researchers engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout the body. Their finding may eventually help ease the pain of arthritis and keep artificial joints working smoothly.
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Reblogged from medicalschool, Posted by nprglobalhealth.

Peter Piot and his colleagues were looking at samples from a Belgian nun who had died of a disease in Congo. The question he thought he was trying to answer: Was it yellow fever? 
Instead it was a new disease.
Read more and listen to the interview: The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This