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Shout out to mynotes4usmle who got this right!!! (As a side note - no pun intended, go check out her blog if you haven’t because she has some seriously awesome and helpful stuff on it!) Becomingestel succeeded just mere minutes later- quite the race. 

Now it’s time for some explaining.

Burkitt’s Lymphoma is a lymphoma seen in adolescents and can present as a jaw lesion though it can also occur in the abdomen. It is caused by t(8;14) aka a translocation of c-myc and heavy chain IgG. On histology slides it has a starry sky appearance. It is associated with EBV infection.   

So what’s this silly picture have to do with any of that? Well I’m glad you asked.

Mickey Mouse represents the c-myc (get it Mickey Mouse, C-MYC haha…). The 8 stars represent chromosome #8 where c-myc is normally found. And Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" represents the starry sky appearance that’s supposedly seen under the microscope (personally I don’t see it, but consider it a buzzword). 


Honorable mention goes to sans-maps who said myopia, and thegreatjeudemots who suggested that it might be epilepsy. 



Anonymous asked:

Hey, So, Uhm, I just into my A levels and I'm really interested into getting into a decent undergraduate school for pre med. I mean, I absolutely love helping people and all. But I kinda need help to what subjects I should choose and what should my Sat score should be to get a financial grant, because we're not that well off. Thanks a bunch! :D


Based on that I take it that you’re from the UK and are planning on coming to the US to do your first degree? I hope that’s right.  

So basically it really depends on what you plan on doing next. Do you plan on staying in the US to try and study medicine or do you want to go back to the UK? 

I’m afraid I know very little about A levels except that it’s much more focused subject wise than high school in the US is- where we take classes in everything. But, I think that you should start focusing on whatever you want to study in University the same as you would if you were staying in the UK. That’s according to this —> 

As far as what undergraduate degree to pick I know the UK tends to be a bit more strict with these things so if you want into a 4 year MD program there once you’re finished in the US you’ll definitely want a science degree of some sort. 

But, on the other hand if you want to stay in the US for medical school you can pretty much study whatever you want so long as you complete the core requirements (physics, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, English, and calculus). Once you’ve been admitted into a school and have picked your major you’ll probably be assigned a staff advisor who can help you with scheduling your classes, in many cases the school designs your schedule for your first term anyways. 

One thing I think you should look into especially if you plan to stay in the US is how many medical schools accept students who are not US citizens and how much it’s going to cost. I don’t mean to turn you off if this is your plan, but I’d rather you hear it now versus 4 years from now after everything is said and done. From what I’ve seen it’s much more difficult for non-US citizens to get into med schools in the US. 

As far as financial grants I have no idea and it’s been almost 8 years since I’ve sat the SAT or ACT so I have no idea what is considered “good” these days. The best thing I can suggest as far as that is an internet search for “international student scholarships.” One good source is here —>  I’d also suggest that you check out the Fulbright Scholarship link thing that I posted above as it is not only a scholarship but also has some really good info on things that you might want to know. 

Okay now that I’ve pretty much written a full on essay (sorry about that) go check the links out and what not.

Best of luck and let me know if you have anymore questions and I will try my best to help!  


Anonymous asked:

How hard do you think it would be to take care of a 50lb dog during med school?


I am all for having a furry companion during med school. I’m pretty sure my cat is what kept me sane sometimes during test weeks. Dog ownership in med school could be pretty tough, but it could also be very manageable. Depends on a lot of factors:

Things that would make dog parenthood manageable:

  • having a significant other or roommate to share doggy duties 
  • fenced in yard where the doggy can run and play with a doghouse or some shady/cozy area the dog can rest in if left outside during the day
  • doggy door
  • non-mandatory lectures that can be skipped or watched from home
  • housing location close enough to school / hospital that you could slip home during the day to let the dog out
  • certain dog breeds (some can’t hold their pee for anything. I’m looking at you, weiner dogs)
  • a well trained dog (invest in obedience school)
  • nearby dog park or regular park where you can walk / play with the dog

Things that would make dog parenthood harder:

  • all the furs everywhere
  • apartment life (I don’t like the idea of doggies cooped up all day)
  • 3rd and 4th year erratic schedules and long shifts
  • arranging for doggy care during away rotations and vacations
  • 3rd and 4th year rotations at multiple sites
  • sick puppies at the most inopportune times (like right before tests)
  • RESIDENCY and busy life after med school

I love dogs, but the reasons above are why I have a cat instead.

I got no one to help me out with a dog, I travel, I lived in an apartment with nowhere nearby to walk a dog. But my cat is happy to chill by herself in the house all day and can even manage without me for a weekend if I need to go somewhere. And alls I gotta do is feed her, supply her with toys and catgrass, and clean a litterbox a few times a week. 


I just wanted to add a bit to Wayfarings wonderful response!

I have a German Shepherd called Copper and we live in an apartment! Everyone thinks that it’s terrible to have a pet in med school but it’s really not that bad so long as you’re responsible and have your shit together. Like Wayfaring said, there’s a lot to consider. 

Copper’s great because I always have a companion, but he can also be a pain in the rear when he wants to be (albeit a cute one). I have to schedule everything around being home for him. He has to stay in his crate during the day (or he’ll freak out and eat my apartment- he’s got some anxiety issues) so the longer I’m gone the more he’s locked up, which I hate.

I have to make it a point to study at home so he can run around- personally he’s great to practice percussion and some anatomy stuff with. And he’s a very good reason to get my lazy bum up and go for a run and walk twice a day.

As far as staying out late or doing night shifts- those have to be planned meticulously around him to make sure #1. He doesn’t wake my neighbors, #2. And making sure he’s worn out enough not to notice I’m gone. (Bonus points if like Copper yours likes to sleep 20+ hours a day). Having someone who lives close who can let him out during long days is more helpful than you could ever imagine. 

Like most people I also travel a lot- I live in freaking Poland. And it costs $800 roundtrip for a dog to go to the US, plus all the stress of having to travel with him in the first place (on him and me). So when I go home for breaks he has to stay at a kennel, which stinks but I think he enjoys it. (Lucky for me a kennel here is WAY cheaper than back home). On the up side I can take him more places here than I probably could in the US. (He came to Berlin on the train with me last summer and we went to the zoo!)

Anyway, getting a dog is a BIG thing to consider, I know students who have gotten dogs and then couldn’t handle it which isn’t fair for the dog. And as a medical student you already have enough stress without having to worry about a dog. Every part of it has to be very carefully considered before you take the leap! But, if you plan it right it is doable. 

In other news…I just signed up for THE TEST. 

You know the one. If not- it’s the one that kind of defines my future. 

I should be taking it at the end of September. Which means I’m probably not going to be applying for the match this year (being super behind with everything and all). Which is unfortunately equivalent to being forced to take a year off. In case you’re wondering the very thought scares the dickens out of me. 

I suppose I could try, but my application would be in so late anyways plus rushing to take part 2 the extended misery edition…

I have no idea what I’m going to do. 

I think I’m just gonna go sit in my closet and cry. 



Anonymous asked:

How would you advise someone (me) who really bombed his college freshman year? I know the reason is usually irrelevant, and has nothing to do with it, but I was recently diagnosed with moderate to severe inattentive-type ADHD. Are my medical school dreams a lost cause, despite having the intellectual capacity to fulfill them?

That kind of depends on your definition of “bombed.”

Not knowing anything about you except what you’ve written I can’t really say. If you failed everything then yeah med school might not be right for you. But assuming you didn’t and speaking generally- no it’s not a lost cause. Many people do badly in their first year of school and become successful. BUT, you have to work hard to remedy it and it’s going to be hard work. Tons of people who have perfect grades don’t get into medical school so you really have to be on top of it. One year of subpar grades while not ideal is okay, but more than that and it can be detrimental.   

Just from what you’ve told me. You need to find an effective way to study and learn the material. If this means seeking help through your school then so be it. Many schools provide tutors and homework aides free of charge if you qualify to help get you organized and on track. You might also be able to apply for extra testing time if you need it. 

Professors also have office hours and like it when students come to them. So if you have problems in a class go see the teacher they can usually help. I’m not sure how your school works but mine had academic advisors assigned to us from our chosen major to help us schedule classes. If you have one you might want to speak to them about the possibility of retaking classes, as well a how you can improve your GPA. They should also be able to help you schedule your classes to help maximize your study time.

Additionally, you want to involve your doctor in this process as they might have some ideas based on how they’ve seen other patients cope.

Like I said before, it’s going to be hard work! Wanting to get into med school isn’t enough to get in, you have to show the schools that you can handle it. So get out there and go study!!! 

Best of luck! 

witchyindie asked:

Hi! (hopeful future ortho or neuro surgeon here) From what I've seen from a lot of medblrs, you guys say that the major doesn't matter. Mind explaining why? And what about for the everchanging MCAT?

That’s kind of a tricky question.

Basically, the reason is this: many people who want to get into medical school don’t. So if you don’t get into medical school what’s your second choice?

Major also doesn’t matter because besides the pre-req’s undergrad doesn’t really have anything to do with med school. And even if you do take other classes related to med school classes you’ll just have to relearn them once you get there, but in a more clinically relevant manner (though I will admit it might be helpful, how much is kind of debatable). 

As far as the MCAT is concerned your basic science pre-req’s are enough to prepare you as the test only covers those core topics. 

Many of the medblr community started out as non-premeds and many of my med school friends (from the US and Poland) come from a diverse array of majors: kineseology, psychology, genetics, economics, and even art. Med schools won’t look down on you because of your major so long as you can explain why you selected that major. They also like well rounded applicants so pick something you enjoy!!!      

Best of luck with your med school journey!!! 

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