GroEL and GroES chaperonins look like a little bunny with transitioning facial expressions! 🐇Sometimes thinking of the slides in a funny way helps me memorize mechanisms. What study tips do you have for other students? What motivates you to actually learn instead of memorize?

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 15: (CHINA OUT) Han Bingbing, an 11-year-old girl from Heilongjiang, lies on a hospital bed after a surgery that removed her 15kg intraperitoneal tumor at 4PM on July 15, 2014 in Guangzhou, China. Han Bingbing, an 11-year-old girl from Heilongjiang, successfully received an 8-hour surgery operation to remove an intraperitoneal tumor. After 4 years, the tumor had reached a weight of 15kg and a size bigger than two footballs. As of June 18th, the tumor filled 5/6 of Bingbing’s abdomen and caused her internal organs to gradually collapse.

Have some fun with Medicine!

An update to the previous graphic on organic functional groups today, with some additions and refinements to make it a little clearer.
As always, you can download the PDF on the site:


birth, MCAT, med school apps, med school, LIFE.


still relevant.

In The County Where Ebola First Struck Liberia, A Cry For Help
Lush and green, Lofa was once the breadbasket of Liberia. But farming has slowed in the northern county. The reason is Ebola.
The virus reportedly first landed in Liberia when an infected person crossed the border into Lofa County from neighboring Guinea in March.
Doctors Without Borders is there to care for the sick.
"We see the situation getting worse and worse, entire communities and families getting affected," says Sebastien Vidal, field coordinator for the aid group, which has erected a tent hospital to care for Ebola patients and suspected cases. "We have been burying families daily. And the suffering children are alone — orphans living in our centers. It’s obvious this is getting out of control … and still nothing is happening."
Dr. Masood Jivadi has been at the center for three weeks. He tells the story of one family: “So the mother was sick, then his sister took care of her. Then she got sick. Then he interacted with his sister, and then he has been sick recently.”
The staff at the medical center are trying to do a better job on the human side.
"We’ve really … ramped up efforts to … explain things to the patients, so they don’t just come in here and feel like they’re in some kind of foreign planet," he says.
But the task of caring for the Ebola patients is overwhelming. Vidal says he’s infuriated by the lack of international action: “Honestly, I’m flabbergasted.”
Continue reading.
Photo: Morris Nyumah wanted to help his country fight Ebola, so he signed up to work as a hygienist at the Doctors Without Borders care center in Lofa County. (Tommy Trenchard for NPR)
Dear Current Third Year Self:
Dear Current Third Year Self:


The residents are really stressed out. There is too much work and not enough of them. There are too many patients and all of them are very sick. It’s not your fault. Don’t take it personally when they are short with you, when they promise to explain XYZ thing to you after rounds and it never…


Ray Rice’s wife breaks silence about domestic violence incident
The Baltimore Sun: Ray Rice’s wife Janay broke her silence about the couple’s domestic violence incident on Tuesday, writing in an Instagram post:

"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote. "But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that [the] media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

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I think this has very little to do with ratings and more to do with the fact that this man punched his wife so hard, she flew off her feet. As if it were Mortal Kombat. I am so angry and embarrassed for her and the entire family.
She may have kept quiet about the whole incident but the hotel that captured the video footage was under no obligation to ignore abuse. 
"A large part of becoming a doctor involves two skills: observing things about patients, and learning how to transform those observations into words that will make sense to other doctors. Both come with time and practice. You’ll get better at this, so don’t stress about it."
Me to a nervous pre-med student, after having the honor of listening to her first ever “history and physical” presentation. (via cranquis)
When a female's UA comes back with "trace sperm"
When a female's UA comes back with "trace sperm"




This reminds me of a great story… On my OBGYN rotation, we had a woman who was about 36 weeks along who came in saying her water had broken. So we tested the fluid under the microscope to see if there was ferning present, and instead of ferning……

When it takes you 15 minutes to watch a 30 sec clip of Beyoncé & Les Twins…

You know you have a Sprint iPhone.



Stem cells can be used to generate all kinds of tissue—even bone! Learn how scientists are growing bone from stem cells here »
Comic by Dan Piraro.



The World Health Organization is hoping to raise $600 million from donor countries to fight the outbreak in West Africa. But  Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the WHO, tells NPR’s David Greene that aid groups need more than just money. They need what Chan calls medical “troops” and “weapons.”
Read more: How Do We Stop Ebola? WHO Declares War On The Virus

Have you ever gone to sleep after typing up your notes…

Then the next day while you review your notes, you’re thinking, “What was I thinking when I typed this? This doesn’t even make sense.”

That was me about an hour ago trying to decipher whatever the hell I typed up when I was exhausted out of my mind.

I also realized that I am so exhausted that I say absolutely insane things in class and talk way too much and I should really just keep my mouth shut and study.

Okay, back to notes.

"Don’t go to sleep until your notes are complete."
Armin Kamyab, M.D. (from How to Study in Medical School)