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I’m decided to give you the “super secret” advice that I’ve learned from personal experience. Atropine, while a great dilator of the pupils, does not make you faster reader. Giving yourself eight B12 shots before the test does not give you superhuman blood that oxygenates the brain better. And heroin, though making the test more enjoyable, is not what bumps you up into the 240’s. So don’t make the same mistakes that I did and just stick to getting really drunk after the test.
Chris Lewis, M.D., Chief Educator for Doctors in Training

Myself and some of the boys decided to take a Medical Spanish elective course during 5th semester which required putting together a video for our final project. Being us, we decided to go a little bit above and beyond what was expected and filmed a seven minute Spanish soap opera entitled Falcon Hospital, complete with a random Herpes commercial in the middle. Why? Why not?! This marks the 5th or 6th one we’ve done as #YOLIDO Films (You Only Live In Dominica Once) and the first we’ve done back in the states as the Lambo Knights.

As this is probably the last one we will film before we all hunker down and start studying for USMLE Step 1, we’re trying to get as many people to check it out as possible. We were aiming for 500 hits when we posted it to YouTube yesterday and are already at 396 but we wanna see how many we can rack up. We’ve included English subtitles for those who don’t speak Spanish—which after only 1 semester, we clearly don’t.

So, if you like ridiculous student films, med school parodies, Spanish telenovelas, watching grown men slap each other to dramatic music, Enrique Iglesias, chocolate or freedom, check it out and pass it along.

-34th & Now, #Yolido Films, Lambo Knights

The life and times of a medical student studying in Florida…

"The chinese food was late. The bass was missing. The van broke down. The bass broke one minute before they went on. And then it broke again. The monitors were too low. The second set was played in complete darkness. But the beer? The beer was free. It was a night they’d never forget, if they could only remember it." - VH1 Behind the Music, Barry Badrinath & The ZJ’s 

Here’s some pics from last night’s show at Mystery Lane in Portsmouth, Dominica. The band changes it’s name for every show; last night we were Barry Badrinath & The ZJ’s. In true medical school fashion, we had to perform emergency MacGuyver surgery on both the van and the bass guitar, but in the end we pulled it off and sounded better than we ever have. The highlight was probably “Fat Bottomed Girls” where we all switched instruments with our keyboard player hopping on guitar, our guitarist hopping on bass, our drummer on vocals and me on the drums.

Set 1:
Misirlou (Dale Dick) —>
Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand) —>
Woman (Wolfmother) —>
Roadhouse Blues (The Doors) —>
Hey Ya (Andre 3000)
When I Come Around (Green Day)
Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)
Say It Ain’t So (Weezer)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Dammit (Blink 182)

Set 2:
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Paint it Black (Rolling Stones)
Steady as She Goes (Raconteurs)
Proud Mary (CCR)
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
What’s My Age Again (Blink 182)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi)

#YOLIDO

  • Me: spilled coffee all over myself
  • Anooj: #worthit
  • Me: #yolido
  • Anooj: no
  • Me: #yo-fucking-lido
  • Anooj: http://i.imgur.com/MDdJq.gif
  • Me: http://i.imgur.com/Yzrrr.gif
  • Reader's Note: #Yolido is the Ross Med School equivalent of #Yolo--You Only Live in Dominica Once. I came up with it one night after 25 hours of studying. It has since spread across the 2nd semester class.
BREAKING NEWS: The Ross University Medical School campus Subway currently has Dixie cup lids for their coffee complete with slide to cover the hole so you don’t burn the ever loving shit out of your hand walking back to the library/classrooms. Considering we live on a remote pseudo 3rd-world islandand drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day this isliterally one of the best things that’s happened all semester.

BREAKING NEWS: The Ross University Medical School campus Subway currently has Dixie cup lids for their coffee complete with slide to cover the hole so you don’t burn the ever loving shit out of your hand walking back to the library/classrooms.

Considering we live on a remote pseudo 3rd-world islandand drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day this isliterally one of the best things that’s happened all semester.

Neuro Block & PBL 20

  • A: I'll be in C1 or if not I'll be in PBL 20.
  • A: With no internet and two huge whiteboards I get so much done in there.
  • E: Sounds like jail.
  • A: It is like jail.
  • A: Except I'm prison raping neuro and not the other way around.
  • E: ...That's real.
Seven cities. Six Countries. Two weeks. Six sleep deprived medical students with low alcohol tolerance. What could go wrong? Bust out the Kubuli folks, after 4 months of 19-27 hour study days (more than a few 24hr+ sessions this past week) & 20,000mg of caffeine, one semester of medical school is officially under my belt. One of the good things about going to Ross is that we finish the full 2 year basic medical sciences curriculum in 16 months…one of the bad things is that that means we only get 2 weeks off between semesters with no summer breaks. That said, I’m taking full advantage of it since it’s one of the last times in the next 8-10 years that I’ll have any free time of my own by heading off to Europe with my roommates and three friends. We leave tomorrow out of Dominica, fly to Barbados and catch a flight to London. From there it’s off to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Venice, Barcelona, Paris, back to London then back to Dominica. I’m thinking about live blogging the trip via Tumblr/Instagram but more on that to come. Note: the red route on the map is where Anooj, Antonio, and Sayegh are detouring off to go skydiving in Italy before meeting back up with us in Barcelona.

Seven cities. Six Countries. Two weeks. Six sleep deprived medical students with low alcohol tolerance. What could go wrong?

Bust out the Kubuli folks, after 4 months of 19-27 hour study days (more than a few 24hr+ sessions this past week) & 20,000mg of caffeine, one semester of medical school is officially under my belt.

One of the good things about going to Ross is that we finish the full 2 year basic medical sciences curriculum in 16 months…one of the bad things is that that means we only get 2 weeks off between semesters with no summer breaks. That said, I’m taking full advantage of it since it’s one of the last times in the next 8-10 years that I’ll have any free time of my own by heading off to Europe with my roommates and three friends.

We leave tomorrow out of Dominica, fly to Barbados and catch a flight to London. From there it’s off to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Venice, Barcelona, Paris, back to London then back to Dominica. I’m thinking about live blogging the trip via Tumblr/Instagram but more on that to come.

Note: the red route on the map is where Anooj, Antonio, and Sayegh are detouring off to go skydiving in Italy before meeting back up with us in Barcelona.

With the exception of the hours between 9am & 3pm yesterday, when I went home to shower & sleep, this has been my view since 3pm Wednesday afternoon—yes, Wednesday. I think I officially have squatters rights in C1. Large Pic N’ Go coffee (2nd of day): Check Sugar Free Red Bull: Check. Check. Netter’s Clinical Anatomy: Check Clinical Physio Made Ridiculous Simple: CheckFirst Aid for USMLE Step 1: Check Dry Erase Board: CheckDry Erase Markers: Check x 7 Highlighters in every color ever: Check x 6 Next Two Weeks:Behavioral Medicine practical exam: Thursday morningCumulative histology practical exam: Friday morningGross Anatomy practical exam: Friday afternoonCardio-Respiratory Systems Midterm: Monday morningCumulative Final (45% of grade in each block): April 17thFor any of the current MERP and/or future Ross students who follow me, I highly recommend the “Clinical _______ Made Ridiculously Simple” series of books. They are written by practicing physicians/medical school professors and give you the boiled down, high-yield info you absolutely need to know. The respiratory physiology we’ve spent 14 lecture hours and ~150 slides on was condensed to 9 pages total including pictures and graphs.

With the exception of the hours between 9am & 3pm yesterday, when I went home to shower & sleep, this has been my view since 3pm Wednesday afternoon—yes, Wednesday. I think I officially have squatters rights in C1.

Large Pic N’ Go coffee (2nd of day): Check
Sugar Free Red Bull: Check. Check.
Netter’s Clinical Anatomy: Check
Clinical Physio Made Ridiculous Simple: Check
First Aid for USMLE Step 1: Check
Dry Erase Board: Check
Dry Erase Markers: Check x 7 
Highlighters in every color ever: Check x 6 

Next Two Weeks:
Behavioral Medicine practical exam: Thursday morning
Cumulative histology practical exam: Friday morning
Gross Anatomy practical exam: Friday afternoon
Cardio-Respiratory Systems Midterm: Monday morning
Cumulative Final (45% of grade in each block): April 17th

For any of the current MERP and/or future Ross students who follow me, I highly recommend the “Clinical _______ Made Ridiculously Simple” series of books. They are written by practicing physicians/medical school professors and give you the boiled down, high-yield info you absolutely need to know. The respiratory physiology we’ve spent 14 lecture hours and ~150 slides on was condensed to 9 pages total including pictures and graphs.

After 15hrs in Classroom 1

  • Brian: You know what's depressing?
  • Me: What?
  • Brian: I've been in med school 6 months
  • Brian: And I'm getting REALLY good at drawing dicks.
  • Me: It's all about the veins.
  • Brian: It's so veeeeeeeiny.
If you take this patient and put them on the table, call the Army, ask for a tank—a military tank—and drive the tank over this patient to open the airway he will explode from all areas but that airway will remain closed.
Dr. Shams, "Obstructive Alveolar Collapse" Respiratory Physiology

Here’s a clip my buddy Richard shot of me and Krystal performing at DeChamps’ open mic night on one of our rare nights off from studying. We started the set with an 80s, 90s, 2000s medley that included Journey, Backstreet Boys, and Adele (listen here), before going into an acoustic version of Beyonce’s "Single Ladies" and then ending with T-Pain’s “Buy You a Drank.”

I’m playing the Martin LXM “Little Martin” sent to me by Dick Boak, head of Artist Relations and PR for C.F. Martin & Co. with an “artist discount” since I wasn’t able to take my full sized Martin dreadnaught with me to medical school. If you haven’t heard that story, it’s pretty awesome.

Study Playlist

Just updated the 34th & Now Study Playlist with some new music since the next four weeks have me taking 3 practical exams, a midterm, and a cumulative semester-long final that covers every discipline in one four hour test. It’s currently sitting at 293 tracks with a 19hr play length which might finally mean I won’t listen to the entire thing in one library session.

New Additions:
Sharon Von Etten
Greg Laswell
Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s
Middle Brother
Coconut Records
The Damnwells

The day that I defended my dissertation—we always have a little party afterwards—we went to this little bar in Kent called Ray’s Place. And it’s kind of just a nice little college bar and we were drinking a few beers—a LOT of beers—and at some point in the evening we were celebrating and I went into the Ladies bathroom and in one of the stalls, with a black marker, in huge letters I wrote ‘ARACHIDONIC ACID ROCKS.’ I did go back a few years ago and it was still there. I always think if you’re not a scientist and you read ‘ARACHIDONIC ACID ROCKS’ you probably think somebody was tripping in the bathroom and had a good ride. But anyways… that’s my favorite prostaglandin.
Dr. Sheakley, Cardiac Physiology

I put these Exploding Dog pics together into a collection I call “Medical School”

If you don’t know artist Sam Brown you should. His website www.explodingdog.com is something of an internet phenomenon and has earned Brown both high praise and a devouted cult following. On the site fans can submit words or phrases that Brown then uses as a basis for a picture albeit it after adding his own unique interpretation.