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March 2011

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An NEJM Perspective for Every Medical Student

This perspectives article in the NEJM is a wonderful read. Describing the eternal struggle of the Third Year medical student, it is a wonderful narrative look into the rather sensitive issue by two people on two sides of the table: Katharine Treadway, a long time teacher, and Neal Chatterjee, a third year medical student, both… Keep Reading

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IMGs in the USMLE, 2011 Match

Given the growing number of medical students from India who are taking the USMLE, terms like steps, match, scramble, have become more common on the medical school turfs in the sense pertaining to the USMLE. This year, three people I know personally applied for the match. Two of them got through. So, when I got… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

The Open Reviews Debate

The point-counter-point articles by Karim Khan and Trish Groves published on November 2010 caught my attention when the latter tweeted a link to her side of the story a couple of days ago: http://twitter.com/#!/trished/status/53044806108188672 At the outset of this post, let me make one thing clear: I know that open peer review is a good… Keep Reading

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Life Beyond Medicine

My New Keys

I have been using the Toshiba Portege 3490CT for well nigh a decade now. I used her with the crappy Windows ME, then went back to using Windows98, and finally a friend loaded me up with XP and that’s been driving her for most of the time. She has been with me in some real… Keep Reading

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Enter FB Fan Page

Just a small reminder that I recently created a fan page on Facebook for the blog. It is at this rather ugly URL here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scepticemia/178571822155337 But you can change all of that by helping me get a custom URL on FB simply by liking the page. I can change the URL once I get 25… Keep Reading

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Life Beyond Medicine

The War of the Words: David vs Good

When it comes to science bloggers, one common nature I have noted is the obsession with numbers. Given the analytical nature of the work, it hardly seems a stretch to imagine that it would spill over onto their blogs as well. I used to think that this obsession was merely with the ones like me,… Keep Reading

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Life Beyond Medicine

Bring BQC Back

How many of you have been fans of the Bournvita Quiz Contest growing up? I know I have been. And so, when Rahul contacted with me with the news that they were planning to resurrect the BQC, not only did it bring back fond memories, but also spurred me to do something about it. So… Keep Reading

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Thank You Eva, For Reminding Me…

… what studying Medicine was all about. I came across this talk by Alzheimer’s and Cancer researcher, Microbiology prodigy, Eva Vertes. She delivered this TEDTalk when she was just 19, but by then she had already made a niche of her own in the world of medicine. At a juncture when I am personally going… Keep Reading

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Life Beyond Medicine

What’s My Blogging Style?

Fizzzy, over at A Cartoon Guide, has an excellent guide on the different types of medical bloggers. Take a look see: Click on image to get a larger size. So if you have been reading my blog for some time now, would it be prudent to ask you what you thought was my blogging style… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

Buck-teria!

First up, a disclaimer. I know one of the researchers who conducted this short study personally and professionally. I admire their work and what they have done to further the cause of promoting research by medical students in India. So, this post may be a little biased, but anyways, I decided to go ahead with… Keep Reading

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