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The Web's Best Stuff for Medical Students. Pre-meds, Interns and Residents, you're welcome too. The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel aims to create a global community for med students to contribute, share and discuss new ideas and perspectives in medicine and healthcare. We partner with students, medical school professors, thought leaders, practicing physicians, writers, comedians and humanitarians to curate content from across the web. Our site features a range of content including Nobel prize-winning research, healthcare policy, the latest medical gadgets, career advice and even restaurant and dating advice for when a med student is on a study break. We also have an open contribution policy, allowing any user to submit an article for review to The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel editing team, with the possibility of being published as well as an “Almost” Scholarship contest to incentivize user-generate content. The “Almost” Doctor’s Channel is based in New York and was founded by David Best, MD, MBA, Michael Banks, MD, and Rohan Jotwani, “Almost” MD/MBA. David Best serves as the company president. Best has worked in healthcare advertising, marketing and education for 25 years and founded Saatchi & Saatchi’s medical education company BESTMED.

09/18/2018
The Numbers Game: What Scoring a 260 on USMLE Step 1 Really Means - The Almost Doctor's Channel

A lot of medical students, many of whom are, in my experience, more type A than they’re able to openly admit, are particularly good at playing The Game. I think this is because the process of getting into medical school self-selects for this.

I have been putting off the writing of this post for a while. I’m not sure why. I guess I wasn’t sure how to say anything genuine that would convince you guys that you shouldn’t be hard on yourself for falling short of the lofty goals that you set for yourself before beginning the arduous proc...

The pursuit of a competitive specialty forces you to seek out a variety of experiences.
09/11/2018
Why You Should Pick The Most Competitive Specialty - The Almost Doctor's Channel

The pursuit of a competitive specialty forces you to seek out a variety of experiences.

The first time I was told to pursue a competitive specialty I was dumbfounded. But now two years later, I’m telling you to do the same. To be clear, I’m not arguing we all attempt to be plastic surgeons or dermatologist. Props to those who can stand the OR and/or skin rashes. We just need to …

Are older doctors uneducated in science, and do they base their treatments on opinion, intuition, or outdated dogma, whi...
09/11/2018
The De-Sciencing of American Medicine and What It Means to You - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Are older doctors uneducated in science, and do they base their treatments on opinion, intuition, or outdated dogma, while younger doctors use objective observations and analysis?

With all the talk about “evidence-based medicine,” you might think that doctors were becoming much more focused on rigorous science. But like the names attached to bills in Congress—such as the Affordable Care Act, which outlaws affordable insurance, the language used in the movement to fundam...

Only 73 percent of students said that paying for student housing was stressful.
09/05/2018
Are Textbooks Too Expensive? Survey Says Yes - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Only 73 percent of students said that paying for student housing was stressful.

The second-biggest financial stressor for college students, right after paying for tuition, is buying the source materials they need for their classes, according to a Morning Consult survey which was done at the request of Cengage. Cengage is a company that offers course materials like study guides,...

Understanding what it means living with AIDS and how to prevent it is where one needs to start.
08/29/2018
5 Resources to Boost Your AIDS Awareness - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Understanding what it means living with AIDS and how to prevent it is where one needs to start.

Our world is changing and it is important that we stay aware of what is happening. AIDS is not a new topic, but a lot has happened in the past few years regarding awareness thereof. It is said that people believe only a certain demographic can get infected. This is absolutely not true and anyone …

In college, as a pre-medical student, you may get away with awkward pauses and statements filled with hesitation (you kn...
08/28/2018
Why Presentation Skills Will Help You As A Doctor - The Almost Doctor's Channel

In college, as a pre-medical student, you may get away with awkward pauses and statements filled with hesitation (you know, those um’s and like’s in the middle of a sentence). In a professional school program, such as medical school, it is inexcusable not to have basic presentation skills.

In a professional school program, such as medical school, it is inexcusable not to have basic presentation skills.

Each hormone, though it passes through the bloodstream, has a specific specialization.
08/23/2018
Everything You Should Know About The Endocrine System - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Each hormone, though it passes through the bloodstream, has a specific specialization.

We live in a period where many people are steadily and consciously working towards leaving a healthy lifestyle. Some desire to gain weight but many would love to lose a few pounds here and there. You are probably exercising daily and sticking to a diet. However, you realise that though you are doing...

If it is what fuels your soul, it will be accomplished by whatever means—unless unremitting student debt is threatenin...
08/22/2018
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If it is what fuels your soul, it will be accomplished by whatever means—unless unremitting student debt is threatening your wellbeing.

It’s time for more medical schools to follow New York University’s lead for tackling medical school debt.

One of the very first interesting tidbits I learned is that ALS, a motor neuron disease (MND), is now thought to be on a...
08/17/2018
August is for ALS - The Almost Doctor's Channel

One of the very first interesting tidbits I learned is that ALS, a motor neuron disease (MND), is now thought to be on a spectrum of the same disorder as frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

You’ve probably heard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, from the Ice Bucket Challenge that blew up the Internet about four years ago. I was one of the tens of thousands nationwide who took the icy plunge to raise awareness for this debilitating condit...

Many students come to us concerned about starting questions too early. They say they’re not ready to tackle a Qbank as...
08/16/2018
Five Big USMLE World Mistakes Students Make - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Many students come to us concerned about starting questions too early. They say they’re not ready to tackle a Qbank as difficult as USMLE World.

At Med School Tutors, we rely heavily on USMLE World in our work with students. Over the last five years, UWorld has become widely recognized as the gold standard Qbank for all steps of the USMLE. This is due primarily to the quality of its questions and rigor of its explanations. UWorld content is....

If you have a goal of joining the healthcare industry, you can be assured of employment. It surely does not come cheap w...
08/15/2018
Why Medicine Always Will Be The Top Industry In The World - The Almost Doctor's Channel

If you have a goal of joining the healthcare industry, you can be assured of employment. It surely does not come cheap when you are studying, but it does pay off.

For as long as we are around, medicine will always be a necessity. Every human being has the right to healthcare and without it, we would be lost. There are so many people in the world who are dependent on medicine. We also have emergency situations where all we need is someone with medical knowledg...

Warren Buffett has had the same routine for the past 54 years, only deviating in small amounts. But when he attends the ...
08/14/2018
An Efficient or a Healthy Breakfast in the Morning?

Warren Buffett has had the same routine for the past 54 years, only deviating in small amounts. But when he attends the wonderful grease pit that is McDonald’s, one the staples of the United States, the great investor never spends more than $3.17 when he starts his day.

I want to address how others see breakfast and the differences between a healthy breakfast and an efficient one.

Research shows that three days a week is all you need.
08/11/2018
HIIT It Or Quit It: Truth or Misconception? - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Research shows that three days a week is all you need.

What if I told you that you could cut your workout time in half and perhaps achieve better results? The only caveat is that you must exert yourself to your maximum, until you’re breathless. Don’t worry; you do get some recovery periods thrown into the mix. And research shows that three days a we...

A medical CV is expected to be a bit more detailed concerning your education, certifications, teaching experience, publi...
08/10/2018
Fix Your Curriculum Vitae with These Easy Tips - The Almost Doctor's Channel

A medical CV is expected to be a bit more detailed concerning your education, certifications, teaching experience, publications, and the honors you received.

When you’re writing your Curriculum Vitae, or better said, your life course, you must focus an all your academic and professional achievements and skills.

Brains riddled with Alzheimer’s disease contain high levels of these two strains of human herpes virus. But just havin...
08/08/2018
Do Herpesviruses Cause Alzheimer's disease? - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Brains riddled with Alzheimer’s disease contain high levels of these two strains of human herpes virus. But just having herpes virus present in the brain isn’t enough to cause Alzheimer’s.

Brains riddled with Alzheimer's disease contain levels of two strains of human herpes virus, but isn't enough to cause Alzheimer's.

This approach has helped me a ton. I’m about to be in my fourth year of medical school and I still haven’t felt burn...
08/06/2018
How To Handle Medical School Stress

This approach has helped me a ton. I’m about to be in my fourth year of medical school and I still haven’t felt burnt out. I’m not dreading the process or regretting the process.

This post came from a conversation that I had with somebody not in medical school that really wanted to ask one important question. “Why are medical students and premed stressed out all the time?” And it’s a really fair question if you’re not in the medical environment. After talking to this...

Disclaimer: If you’re applying to Ortho, Neurosurg, Derm, or Ophtho, none of this applies to you. You just need to tal...
07/31/2018
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Step 2 - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Disclaimer: If you’re applying to Ortho, Neurosurg, Derm, or Ophtho, none of this applies to you. You just need to talk to one of your people. https://buff.ly/2Kfg24d

First of all, you know how everyone says Step 2 is much easier than Step 1? They are correct. If you were conscious during your 3rd year clerkships and you spend a reasonable amount of time studying, you will be able to get a better score than you did on Step 1. Many people have asked …

Although backup came quickly in this case, emergency medicine is a fast-paced specialty requiring us to think and proces...
07/30/2018
Five Tips for Emergency Medicine Clerkship Success

Although backup came quickly in this case, emergency medicine is a fast-paced specialty requiring us to think and process information quickly.

On one of my first shifts of my emergency medicine rotation, a tech ran into the physician workroom shouting that she needed a doctor.

The hormone that we need for survival can also be the death of us. Stress can actually kill.
07/27/2018
Cortisol: How Stress Could Actually Kill You - The Almost Doctor's Channel

The hormone that we need for survival can also be the death of us. Stress can actually kill.

We’ve all heard of the infamous “stress hormone,” cortisol. This adrenal hormone usually gets a bad rap for weight gain, acne, and poor sleep. However, without it, essential physiological functions that promote survival would not be possible, such as mobilizing glucose to muscles. Yes, I’m r...

Some of the most striking tools from your immune arsenal are the T cells, B cells, dendritic cells and other immune cell...
07/26/2018
Immunotherapy and Commanding The Immune System

Some of the most striking tools from your immune arsenal are the T cells, B cells, dendritic cells and other immune cells.

A pioneering new therapy saves the life of a woman with terminal breast cancer. Judy Perkins, an engineer from Florida was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. While traditional chemotherapy and hormone therapies failed for Judy, she showed a dramatic recovery after receiving a personalized immuno...

You don't need to be pre-med to have a career in cardiology.
07/23/2018
What You Need To Know About A Career In Cardiology

You don't need to be pre-med to have a career in cardiology.

As pharmaceutical and technological advancements continue, it translates into rapid growth in cardiovascular medicine or cardiology.

07/20/2018
It Might Be Worth Shrinking Your Coffee Habit - The Almost Doctor's Channel

Some days, I may have crossed the line of what the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) calls “coffee intoxication” or the adverse effects of consuming five or more cups of coffee.

There’s no denying the fact that caffeine is an addictive drug. Maybe you’ve experienced that morning coffee craving right when your feet hit the ground, before your cortisol levels spike to give your morning that much-needed jumpstart. Caffeine, in most cases coffee, is the substance that fuels...

A commute is always hell (unless your in the 6th circle), try to make it better and try to mix it up.
07/19/2018
Divine Comedy On The Road: Dante’s 9 Circles of Hell, Commuters Edition - The Almost Doctor's Channel

A commute is always hell (unless your in the 6th circle), try to make it better and try to mix it up.

For commuters, medical students, or both: I like having real talks with people, heart to hearts; so let’s go heart to heart on the fact that commuting is hell. According to one of my favorite writers Dante Alighieri, there are nine circles of hell, a person is placed in one of them based upon thei...

A mother’s microbiome, the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us, determines the risk of autism and ...
07/19/2018
UVA Research Reveals What Determines Autism Risk - The Almost Doctor's Channel

A mother’s microbiome, the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us, determines the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her offspring, new research from the University of Virginia College of Medicine shows.

A mother’s microbiome determines the risk of autism and other disorders in her offspring, new research from the UVA School of Medicine shows.

The first thing to remember when you’re writing your cover letter is that you are not rehashing your resume. Use your ...
07/18/2018
The Best Cover Letter Template For Doctors - The Almost Doctor's Channel

The first thing to remember when you’re writing your cover letter is that you are not rehashing your resume. Use your letter to expand on details you weren’t able to fit in your resume.

Doctors are highly educated and skilled professionals, but they still need to write a cover letter to get hired. Cover letters are a great way of getting the attention of a hiring manager and expanding on things you were only able to touch on in your resume. A good cover letter should convince the r...

For the majority of work places still relying on traditional heating and air conditioning, outdated air conditioning for...
07/17/2018
Is Air Conditioning a Problem in the Workplace? - The Almost Doctor's Channel

For the majority of work places still relying on traditional heating and air conditioning, outdated air conditioning formulas could be to blame for the number of people struggling with the temperature at the office.

Outdated air conditioning formulas could be to blame for the number of people struggling with the temperature at the office.

You’ve only got an hour; do you make the most of it, or are you a lazy breaker? Find out as we discuss  the 5 best way...
07/16/2018
5 Best Ways to Spend your Lunch Break - The Almost Doctor's Channel

You’ve only got an hour; do you make the most of it, or are you a lazy breaker? Find out as we discuss the 5 best ways to spend your lunch break.

You’ve only got an hour; do you make the most of it, or are you a lazy breaker? Find out as we discuss the 5 best ways to spend your lunch break.

What if we could exclusively target cancerous cells, leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact?
07/13/2018
Is the Answer to Cancer an Immune Defense Enhancer?

What if we could exclusively target cancerous cells, leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact?

Traditional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy are effective in obliterating tumor cells; however, their destruction is not selective.

This resource has really helped me raise my Step 2 score by 25 points from my Step 1. It also raised my Step 2 score by ...
07/12/2018
Here's A Resource I Used To Raise My Step 2 Score By 15 Points - The Almost Doctor's Channel

This resource has really helped me raise my Step 2 score by 25 points from my Step 1. It also raised my Step 2 score by 15 points over my goal score!

In this post, we’re going to do something that’s really popular on the blog which is going over one of my top recommended resources. This resource has really helped me raise my Step 2 score by 25 points from my Step 1. It also raised my Step 2 score by 15 points over my goal score! …

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