Alisa (pronounced Uh-lee-suh) @artsymed

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@artsymed 👩🏼‍🏫How much math is there in med school?
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There are so many course requirements to apply to medical school, and so many of them are mathematical: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Genetics, Cell Biology, and even Biochemistry. 🌪
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📚Not only do you need to survive these course requirements, but you need to learn them well to be successful on the MCAT!
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But what about med school? How much of the math do you need to know?
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🧠Honestly? Barely any of it. But forming that foundation will help you apply the simpler equations and concepts to human physiology.
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Some of that math will pop up in your courses, and then again on STEP1.
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Here are some examples:
♥️Cardiovascular function, cardiac output, stroke volume, EKG assessment
🚰Renal perfusion, glomerular filtration rate 🌬Lung volumes, FEV1/FVC, Winter’s formula, Alveolar has equation
🧬Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, Punnet squares
💉Blood volumes, volume of distribution, drug clearance
💊Medication dose, concentrations based on body mass
📈Sensitivity, specificity, relative risk, number needed to treat
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💻Thankfully, there are some practice problems in UWorld (shown on my screen) as well.
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Regardless of whether you’re a math person, the arithmetic in medicine is rather straightforward. Once you pick it up, your understanding of the human body will become a logical one!
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👩🏼‍🏫How much math is there in med school? - There are so many course r...

@artsymed Why wear compression socks? 🤷🏼‍♀️
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☝🏼Lets start with an quick anatomy lesson!
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As we know, the heart pumps blood to the most distal structures of the body, all the way down to the teeny capillaries in the toes. Muscular arteries pump blood away from the heart, and veins bring it back!
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But all that toe blood needs to work against gravity to return back to the heart. But veins aren’t muscular like arteries. Instead, they contain unidirectional valves that prevent blood backflow!.
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Our leg muscles also help to squeeze the venous blood back to the heart. That’s why you’re more likely to get lightheaded if you’re standing perfectly still. Shifting your weight and flexing your leg muscles helps to keep that blood circulating! 🕴🏻
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Medical professionals spend the majority of the day on their feet: walking between patient rooms, assessing patients, or standing at the surgical table for hours on end.
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All of this standing allows gravity to resist the venous return of blood, causing veins to dilate. The valve leaflets can’t make contact as well, and blood starts to pool..
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Some people are genetically predisposed to varicose veins - those squiggly blue lines on the surface of thighs and calves. These are superficial veins, and are mostly an aesthetic problem.
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Deep veins can also become insufficient, which can cause more serious health problems like blood clots (thromboses) that can go to the heart and lungs. This is more common in patients with cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, and hypercoagulable blood. Many patients with painful, edematous legs and poor venous circulation wear compression socks to reduce these risks and symptoms, on top of medical management.
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Compression socks essentially help our venous valves and leg muscles fight gravity, thereby promoting proper circulation in our legs, even during long days on our feet.
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This pair is from @alpha.sole and I absolutely love them! They have socks with different fun patterns, as well as athletic styles too! They’re very comfortable and secure, without making me feel overheated or itchy! 🧦
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Hope you found this helpful and informative! 🙋🏼‍♀️

Why wear compression socks? 🤷🏼‍♀️ - ☝🏼Lets start with an quick anatomy...

@artsymed 🦠A microbe exhibit the day after STEP1? You can’t 𝘉. 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘶𝘴! 🙈
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Most of us are lifelong learners, committing years to education and certification. We rarely acknowledge how far we’ve come when we can see the next goal on the horizon. We’re so hard on ourselves when we don’t meet expectations. But the “you” from 5 years ago would marvel at the “you” that lives today. We’re hitting milestones more often than we realize.
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The day after STEP1, I felt I was at the pinnacle of my intelligence, but felt so unimpressively stupid at the same time. 🤪
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To get me a little sun and social exposure, my boyfriend and I went to the Northern Trust PGA Tour in Jersey City. 🏌🏼‍♀️I don’t know much about golf, but I’d love to learn! And at least I got some Vitamin D and free food out of it 🤤
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Since we were in the area anyway, we decided to pop over to the Liberty Science Center afterwards. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so why the heck not?👧🏼
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Walking through animal and anatomy and robotic surgery exhibits brought me back to that early spark of passion I felt for science as a kid. Sometimes I wish I could go back and be amazed all over again. There were some couples there like us, but mostly kids zooming around, playing with gadgets and tapping on glass cages. I wonder how many of these kids will go into careers in science.🤔
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Reading explanations reminded me how far I’ve really come. And sitting through a planetarium presentation on black holes reminded me how small my problems really are. (Thank you Liam Nelson for your soothing voice.) 🌞 I can’t remember the last time I learned something non-medical.👩🏼‍🏫..
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Life is all about perspective. And your perspective on yourself is the most important. Because it colors the way you view the universe around you..
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Be proud of yourself. And stay amazed. 🤓

🦠A microbe exhibit the day after STEP1? You can’t 𝘉. 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘶𝘴! 🙈 - Most ...

@artsymed Sometimes you just gotta be a burrito. 🌯
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STEP1 is over. And it was the strangest experience of my life..
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I’ve never felt so ready to be done with a task, with so little desire to actually complete it.
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For three months, this exam was my job, my hobby, pretty much the only thing I could think or talk about. Doing well on STEP1 became my purpose in life. What an odd sense of reality.
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What really consumed me was how much I KNEW and how much I LEARNED, and that there were still SO MANY OTHER things that may pop up on the exam. Imagine reading the dictionary and being tested on only 200 words. That’s what studying for STEP1 feels like..
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I was actually supposed to take STEP1 on August 5th. But when I arrived at my test site, we were told that all 9am exams were canceled due to technical difficulties. 🤦🏼‍♀️ What a waste of hyperventilation..
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I planned on visiting some college friends in another state after STEP1. But I was forced to wait 24-48 hours to be rescheduled by the testing company. And they scheduled me for August 27th?! Which would’ve forced me to push back ANOTHER rotation, which would’ve meant I’d have to study for ANOTHER 6 weeks. Heck. No. I called them immediately and the earliest appointment I could make was for Friday, August 9th..
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So I studied for a few more days (what do you even choose to review at that point?) and finally took the darn thing. My “mini vacation” plans were shot. But at least the beast was slain..
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And now that it’s over, I don’t feel any less anxious. Because now I have to spend the next month waiting to receive my score back. And in the meantime, I will continue to be haunted by a select few questions that I could’ve felt more confident about had I had a little more time. 🙈
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So I had one weekend to recuperate, lower my caffeine tolerance, get some sleep, and be anything other than a student for a while..
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Sometimes you really just gotta be a burrito..
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And then return to reality on Monday. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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Hope everyone is enjoying the rest of their summer! 🌞 I’m going to try to soak up whatever warmth I can in between my clerkship shifts. Because I’m finally moving onto the clinical component of medical school 🎉

Sometimes you just gotta be a burrito. 🌯 - STEP1 is over. And it was t...

@artsymed ✨💻 GIVEAWAY: Laptop Stand 👩🏼‍💻✨
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A lot of you showed interest in having your own laptop stand to improve your posture and comfort at your desk! (Check out my recent post to learn more about this.)🧠
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Here are some great things about the one I got from @moft.us ...
✨Easy to attach and remove
✨2 height settings, in addition to your laptop laying flat
✨Lightweight
✨Comes in a variety of colors and patterns
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👩🏼‍🏫I teamed up with @moft.us so I can give away one of these sturdy, foldable laptop stands for free, in a color of your choice!
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🌸How to enter:🌸
1️⃣Like this post
2️⃣Follow @artsymed and @moft.us 
3️⃣Tag a friend who might want one of these! More tags, more entries! (One tag per comment, please! I use a random number generator, so this increases your odds!)
4️⃣Bonus: Tell me what color or pattern is your favorite from their site/Insta!
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🏆Giveaway is open until Sunday, July 20, midnight EST.
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🍀Good luck!
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Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored or associated with Instagram. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via DM on Monday, July 22.

✨💻 GIVEAWAY: Laptop Stand 👩🏼‍💻✨ - A lot of you showed interest in havi...

@artsymed Did I fool you? 🤪 This “composition notebook” is actually my new iPad for clinicals!!
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👩🏼‍💻During orientation week of med school, we were each given a new iPad 9.7 Gen 6! We used them to take notes on lecture slides during class, and took all of our exams on them as well! The standard 9.7” size is also just big enough to comfortably attach a keyboard. ⌨️.
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Whereas our M1 and M2 are spent in the classroom, the latter two years are spent in the hospital! 🏥.
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👩🏼‍⚕️So we had another orientation before M3 year, which we call the “Introduction to Clinical Experience, or ICE Week.” And we switched out our iPads for the iPad Mini Gen 5!
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⬛️➡️◾️
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The iPad mini is less weight to carry around, and it fits more easily in our white coat pockets. It’s also easier to hold with one hand and use on-the-go. And even though you can just as easily research a disease or drug on your phone, the iPad looks MUCH more professional. 🤳🏼🙅🏼‍♀️
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If you like this case, I got it off Amazon for $9.99. This iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil, so I’m excited to finally get one! 🤩
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Whaddaya think? Should I personalize this new case with some stickers from @hy_medicine and @highbrewcoffee ? 🧠
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I also got some new pen lights so I can measure wounds and pupil size! (Because I dropped and subsequently stepped on my last one 😅🙈)
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Happy Friyay! 🙋🏼‍♀️

Did I fool you? 🤪 This “composition notebook” is actually my new iPad ...

@artsymed ☁️...Warm rain and twinkle lights...✨
make an NBME practice exam (almost) bearable 😅
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☕️Practice tests are a good way to mix up my STEP1 studying. All I need is my laptop, some coffee, scrap paper, and my noise-cancelling headphones, and I’m good to go for 5.5 hours of optic fatigue and doubting my answer choices. 😅👍🏼
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NBME exams are essentially abbreviated versions of the STEP1 exam. Instead of 7 sections of 40 questions, they contain 4 sections of 50 questions. Why not use the same format as STEP1? Good question!! 😂 They also don’t have explanations for the correct answers. Why not? GOOD QUESTION!! 😭 (Thank you to the students who created forums to discuss the answers! 💛)
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NBME exams also cost $60 a pop. Yep. As if the cost of First Aid, Pathoma, SketchyMedicine, UWorld, and the darn STEP1 exam itself isn’t enough! 💸🔥
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But whatever, it’s fine. They’re the best way to measure your mental and emotional stamina. And this whole med journey is a huge time and money investment anyway. You are the greatest investment, the greatest risk, and the greatest success that you will ever call your own..
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✨So it’s always worth it in the end.
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Have a good day today...🌿
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🎧Sony WH-1000XM3

☁️...Warm rain and twinkle lights...✨ make an NBME practice exam (almo...

@artsymed 👩🏼‍💻The human body is not designed to sit at a desk, hunched over books and a laptop all day. But I managed to make it a bit more comfortable 🤓
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MY COMFY DESK TIPS:
🦵🏼A deep desk with lots of leg room, so your knees and ankles can flex/extend
🐑 A comfortable chair with a pillow for some lumbar support (if you can’t afford a pricey chair designed to do this)
🙇🏼‍♀️ A padded elbow rest, to relieve tension on the ulnar nerve (if your pinky ever tingles, you should get one!)
💻(new!) A laptop stand! (@moft.us)
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So let’s talk about 🤙🏼Carpal Tunnel Syndrome✍🏼 -
✋🏼The carpal tunnel is a gap in the wrist, formed by the carpal bones and the flexor retinaculum. Passing through the tunnel are the tendons of the flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus muscles, the flexor policis longus muscle, and the median nerve. The median nerve innervates flexors of the wrist and radial 3.5 digits, and provides sensation to the radial palm and 3.5 digits.
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🛤Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by repetitive hand/wrist motions, as seen in computer-based jobs. Irritation within the tunnel results in chronic inflammation and fibrous deposition that eventually compresses the nerve. This results in numbness, tingling, and even weakness of those muscles it innervates. This impairs your grip strength and causes daily discomfort. ✊🏼 It’s actually very common.
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👩🏼‍💻I’ve had this laptop stand for a while now, and I never knew it was something I liked until I got it! The tilted keyboard allows your wrists to maintain a more extended posture, allowing the nerve and flexor tendons to slide through the carpal tunnel with less friction. Additionally, it creates more height between the desk surface and the screen, so I can sit up a little taller with better posture!🕴🏻
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🤷🏼‍♀️I don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome or a spinal problem or joint disease. But I do get pain from being in the same hunched position trapped at my desk all day. The human body was not designed for this, so I consider these comfy tips to be a form of preventative medicine! 😊
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Hope you found this helpful! Would you be interested in a laptop stand giveaway in a color of your choice? 🛍

👩🏼‍💻The human body is not designed to sit at a desk, hunched over book...

@artsymed 🌞Baby you’re a fiiiirewoooork!✨
Until another solid #Murica bop comes out, this is the tagline I’ll be using 😂
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🇺🇸Hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July, surrounded by friends and family and good vibes!
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🧨 Even if it was full of the most cliché firework videos, boomerang glass clinking, hotdogs-or-legs, and mid-jump photos! 😝 But we’re here to celebrate the classics, right? 🦅
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🏖I hope you got the rest and celebration they deserve! Now I feel refueled to head into the weekend full-force! 👩🏼‍🏫
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🗽Make your American Dream come true! It’ll only happen with a little elbow grease, self-confidence, and a good attitude! 😙
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P.S. I got this top from my mom’s 80’s closet, and these pants on saaaale! #americandream !
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🔴⚪️🔵🔴⚪️🔵🔴⚪️🔵🔴⚪️🔵🔴⚪️🔵

🌞Baby you’re a fiiiirewoooork!✨ Until another solid #Murica bop comes ...

@artsymed ☕️Early morning study sesh before I go out to celebrate the 4th of July 🌇
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👩🏼‍🏫If you work hard, you can achieve anything. That’s the American Dream. 🇺🇸
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And then we party 👙🌞🍾
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And then we get back to work 😂👩🏼‍💻 Because rent doesn’t pay itself! (Well, my student loans do... but once I pass STEP1 and get into a residency and pass a bunch of exams in between and graduate from med school and pay off my debt... I’ll be paying the bills...)
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And YES!! That IS a giant burrito blanket! 🌯
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Happy Independence Day!! Assert your independence! And for those of you outside of the states... happy Thursday! 🙌🏼
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P.S. I’ve only had my noise-cancelling Sony WH-100XM3 headphones for a day now, but I am in LOVE!! 🎧🥰 Will do a little review once we get better acquainted 😙💛
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P.P.S. I know it looks like my laptop is floating but it’s sitting on a laptop stand 😂 Which I’ll do be doing as a giveaway very soon! 🥳
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Happy 4th and be safe ❤️💙❤️💙

☕️Early morning study sesh before I go out to celebrate the 4th of Jul...

@artsymed Level🆙: M2➡️M3, time to change my bio! 👩🏼‍⚕️
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As a third-year medical student, I will be trading my desk days for hospital hallways.  I thought my phone deserved a new identity too...
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RhinoShield offered me their SolidSuit phone case to try and review. I am VERY picky about my phone case. It has to 1️⃣cover all corners, front and back, for maximal protection, 2️⃣be sturdy and secure on my phone, 3️⃣be thin and sleek so it can fit in my pocket easily, 4️⃣have a design that matches my aesthetic.
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And I was SO pleasantly surprised to see that this case fits the bill and more.
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One lovely surprise is the texture! Although it is a hard case, the back has a surface feel similar to soft leather. And personally, I absolutely prefer a matte finish rather than shiny. And that makes the gold embossed custom lettering stand out even more!!
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You can also get different colored buttons to further customize your phone!
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I am honestly impressed so far. Been using it for 2 weeks. I liked it so much that I got my sister a monogrammed case in blush pink too!
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If you want a case for yourself or as a gift, feel free to use my discount code: ARTSYMED10 for 10% off your entire order. Link in bio, or go to https://rhinoshield.io
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P.S. I have an iPhone 8 Plus, but this case also comes formatted for a variety of Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Google, ASUS, and Huawei phones. This specific case comes in black, white, gray, and blush pink!!
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Hope this was useful for some of you! Happy Monday! 🌞 #ad

Level🆙: M2➡️M3, time to change my bio! 👩🏼‍⚕️ - As a third-year medical...

@artsymed 💉This is a rite of passage that I’ve been (anxiously) anticipating for months. We have practiced venipuncture on a mannequin arm plenty of times. But we’ll graduate to flesh and blood once we hit the hospital floor..
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As part of M3 orientation (a.k.a. Introduction to Clerkship Experience, or ICE Week), we practiced drawing blood on EACH OTHER! 😬
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PROS:
✅Adequate first-time practice on a human before trying it on a patient.
✅Done in a safe space where mistakes are acknowledged and corrected.
✅Squelch some nerves.
✅If you mess up, you’re hurting a friend, so you’re extra careful to know the steps and do it right.
✅If you do mess up, your friend will likely be more understanding than a patient would be.
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CONS:
❌A patient wouldn’t know it’s your first try, but your friend does, which is a little anxiety-provoking.
❌Mistakes are common!!
❌The materials will be in different locations when you’re actually on site - not just in the bin in front of you.
❌Depending on your M3 rotation schedule, you may not do another venipuncture for several months. I’d definitely need a refresher if that were the case..
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WHAT I LEARNED:
🧠It’s easy to penetrate too deep and pass through the back of the vein. A common mistake, but an easy fix - just pull back the needle until the blood flows.
🧠IV drug users have poor veins. Instead of aimlessly poking, just ask them where you can get vein access. They’ll tell you.
🧠Distract the patient if you can, and give them the job of applying pressure at the end - it gives them some “control” over the healing process.
🧠Know the steps cold. You don’t want to fumble around in front of the patient.
🧠Know how to tie a tourniquet! Seems minor, but if you can’t tie it correctly, do you really think the patient wants you sticking a needle in him/her afterwards!
🧠If you get nervous like I do, practice controlling your facial expressions. If you look stressed, the patient will feel stressed.
🧠Accept and expect that you won’t always get it right..
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P.S. Before you all ask me, yes, I do follow @intravenousqueen 😂❤️💉 A very fun follow.
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P.P.S. TIPS ARE WELCOME!! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

💉This is a rite of passage that I’ve been (anxiously) anticipating for...

@artsymed Thank you for always understanding when I need to pause the date or movie or vacation to study (although you never seem to mind much...) 😂💛😴
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Thank you for the greatest vacation of my life, and for helping me slow down and enjoy the present.
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And thank you for dropping everything to answer my phone calls or come to my side during STEP1 studying..
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It’s easy to be there for the good times, but you have made the heavy times lighter, and the dark times brighter. And you always do so with the greatest compassion. You turn my happiness on full blast, and help me create the best version of myself..
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Thank you for being patient and supportive always. 😙💛 Love love love you 🐻

Thank you for always understanding when I need to pause the date or mo...

@artsymed 🚢 I’m not exactly ”cruising” through medical school, but cruising through the Caribbean is easy-peasy-wine-and-cheesy! 😎🌴🌞
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You meet interesting people on cruises. When I was taking this photo, a man (about a decade older than me) walked over to me...
“What’s on those cards?”
“Medicine - drugs and stuff.”
“Oh really? You go to school for that?”
“Yeah I’m going into my third year of med school.”
“Wow nice. Yeah I wanted to go to med school. But then I ended up working and never really went back like I planned...”
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I’ve heard that a million times. And it just motivates me to keep grinding. Because medicine is NOT something you cruise through. It’s a lot of time and energy and money and commitment and blind faith that you’ll make it where you want to be. So I understand the hesitation.
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A lot of people consider medicine and then find something else that suits them better. And that is 100% fine. It is not “quitting,” just you finding success in something that actually makes you happy instead.
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But if med school is your dream adventure, and you’re one of those people who put med school on the back burner due to limited resources or other obstacles, just remember that there are solutions and compromises to those road blocks. Every single med student came from a different set of circumstances, and has a different destination. Medical school is simply a place where our paths cross...
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Don’t be the person who said “I wish I had...”
Be the person who did.
You got this. 💛
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🗂Lange Pharmacology flashcards
👄Sun Bum spf30 sunscreen lip balm
👂🏼Mpow Foam Earplugs, 34dB, from Amazon, $9.99 for 60 pairs
🎒Hershel backpack - small enough to be easily portable

🚢 I’m not exactly ”cruising” through medical school, but cruising thro...

@artsymed 🛫Studying on vacation🛬

EASIEST TO BRING:
📖Compact practice problems with associated information (e.g. BRS Behavioral Science, shown)
📒Material you’ve seen before and just want to solidify (e.g. SketchyMicro notebook that I’ve already fully annotated)
🗂Portable high-density info (e.g. Lange Pharmacology flashcards)
🎧Lectures that you can listen to, hands-free
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STUDY OPTIONS:
🌞Wake up a little earlier and get that work done before your day of fun
✈️The airport and plane provide lots of available study time
👓Study by the pool/lake/beach - bring a plastic baggie for storage
🚕Review flashcards in traffic/in transit
😴Study during the breaks between adventures; I studied when my boyfriend took naps..
🌚 Read in bed when everything is winding down
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OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
👂🏼Foam earplugs, to block out distractions (these are Mpow Foam Earplugs, 34dB, from Amazon, $9.99 for 60 pairs)
✏️Limit the highlighters/pens you bring
⏰Plan out your daily goals, but keep them reasonable
💻If you want to bring your laptop, check to see if you’ll have WiFi access at your destination. It may be costly, like on a cruise ship (pay per device)..
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But the MOST important part of studying on vacation is to RELAX! Because that’s why you’re there! To reset and refresh before you return to usual life.
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Sometimes a relaxed mind and spirit are EXACTLY what you need to get back in that study grind when vacation is over. It’ll serve you a lot better than rushed and stressful cramming over vacation. So spend your downtime well.. 💛

🛫Studying on vacation🛬 EASIEST TO BRING: 📖Compact practice problems w...

@artsymed .:Workspace essentials:.
🌻Natural light
🖍Study supply storage
🦵🏼Lots of leg room
👩🏼‍💻Lots of desk space
📠Easy printer access
🔌and a mini charging station
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In my week of recuperating from STEP1 fatigue, I moved into a new home. I lived in my last apartment for the first 2 years of medical school. Taking it apart was rather therapeutic, and reorganizing it into a new living space was both exhausting and stress-relieving...
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I really loved building a new desk by myself. It came with an intimidating number of pieces and instructions, so there was an option to have it built FOR me. But building it myself gave me a little surge of happiness and sense of accomplishment that STEP1 knocked out of me. And it was nice to have those creative juices flowing again. 😊
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Excited to spend my days here!
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From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who reached out to me in response to my last post, both in public comments and private messenger. It took me two weeks to muster up the courage to talk about my STEP1 exam date change. Truthfully, I was embarrassed about it, and disappointed in myself. As a lifelong student, most of my successes and failures are academic, and it can be easy to forget all of the other little triumphs of life. I like to be productive, well-rounded, and play an active role in my self-growth. But if you’re like me, and you constantly strive for (and even expect) perfection from yourself, you know deep down that unrealistic expectations will only hurt you in the long run.
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So thank you for your kindness in reminding me that being human is not something to apologize for. 😌 It is comforting to know that I am in a field full of genuine, considerate, compassionate medical professionals and students. Let’s lean on each other, and keep each other happy, healthy, and thriving. 💛
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P.S. The desk is Danish-made and available through Walmart, Wakefield Desk with 6 Shelf Bookcase ($248.05). Really happy with my choice, and highly recommend for someone who shares my aesthetic taste. 🤓
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@artsymed It is not a failure to change your path.
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In preparation for the USMLE STEP1 exam, I committed harder to studying than ever before, just like anyone else in my class..
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But when I lost a lot of time to personal and family issues, I turned up the heat to max. Because this exam means too much to do anything less than my absolute best. I put this exam before everything else, including my own health. I’ve heard from successful friends that this is the norm, and is even required to get a good score. So I listened to them, and ignored my body’s signals..
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Time and effort were my limiting factors. My birthday passed without celebration. I was in sympathetic overdrive, waking up before my alarm in a sweat, my mind racing with study tasks. I spent the full day at my desk, grinding at 100% effort for 20 hours straight until absolutely exhausted. But in bed, I couldn’t relax. I had to listen to lectures to feel productive enough to sleep. I was averaging 4 hours per night.
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I didn’t have time to cook, let alone go out to buy more food. So my diet was awful. I planned on exercising at home, but that didn’t happen either... Before I knew it, I had lost 10lbs.
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At my desk, I started seeing spots, words contorting, and my exhaustion and inability to retain old material just made the anxiety worse. So many practice problems, books, Pathoma, micro, pharm... old info to refresh, but too much new info to learn...
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How much do you want it, Alisa? You get one shot to set yourself up for the life you’ve wanted for so long! You’ve come too far to slow down now! I kept going. And then I broke.
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I knew that if I slowed down, I wouldn’t get the score I needed. And if I kept this up, the quality of my studying would decline, and all my hard work would have been for nothing.
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So I’m pushing my exam back to August. This is hard to admit..
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You don’t get a second shot at STEP1. But I’m giving myself a second shot at doing it healthily. I’m giving my body the respect it deserves..
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For the past week, I’ve been moving to a new home, reuniting with loved ones, eating and sleeping and exercising again, and lightly studying in between. I’ll come back stronger, and reach my goal. 💛

It is not a failure to change your path. - In preparation for the USML...

@artsymed Getting lit on methylxanthine and theophylline oh yeah 🥴📚
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☕️Are you a coffee or tea person?🍵
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🌞I tend to drink coffee during the day and then tea at night if I need a little more fuel for pre-bedtime studying.🌚
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I admit to the occasional energy drink too when I’m in a desperate state. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Which is all the time lately 🙈 Thanks STEP1...
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And please excuse that hayuuuge drip of coffee on the drawing 😅 Let’s just call that “leaving my mark” haha
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✂️WINNERS OF LAST WEEK’S SUTURE KIT GIVEAWAY:
💛@diankaa 💛@dearmissdogtor 💛@taylormhayre
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Congratulations!! I let @cliniciansoftomorrow know that you’ll be DM’ing them for shipping info! 🙋🏼‍♀️
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Getting lit on methylxanthine and theophylline oh yeah 🥴📚 - ☕️Are you ...





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