3 Highly Effective Study Habits

3 Highly Effective Study Habits

Students confront many issues in their lives, and because of all of the challenges you deal everyday, it’s very difficult to concentrate on studying. And yet if you are in school, you have to do at least a little studying in order to grow from year to year.

The gold to effective studying it’s not in studying longer, but studying wiser. You can start studying wiser and smarter with these 3 proven and truly effective studying habits.

1: It matters how you approach your studying

So many people look at studying as a mandatory task, not an pleasure or opportunity to learn. That’s ok, but experts have found that how you approach something matters as much as what you do.

Sometimes you can not “force” yourself to be in the right spot, and it is during such times you should simply dodge studying. If you are (maybe) distracted by a relationship issue or finishing an essential project, then studying is just going to be a frustration for you. Come back when you are not obsessed by something else going on in your life.

2: The place you study is important

A lot of people make the mistake of studying in a place that don’t give you the right focus. Place with a lot of distractions makes it a poor study area. For an example,If you try and study in your dorm room, you may find your TV, computer or your roommate more interesting than the reading material you are trying to master.

The library is quiet area and good place where you can settle down and study. Search for multiple places on or of your campus – do not pick the first spot that you find “good enough” for your needs. Finding an perfect study place is very important, because it’s one you can count on for the next few years of your studying.

3: Start using memory games / mnemonic devices

Memory games known as mnemonic devices, are good methods for remembering pieces of information using a transparent association of some common words. Often people twist together words to form a nonsense sentence that is easy to remember.

The first letter of each word can then be used to stand for something else – the piece of information you’re trying to remember. This method don’t work for everyone, so if they start making you trouble, don’t use them.

Mnemonic devices are truly helpful, because you will start using your brain more to remember visual and active images than you do to remember only a list of items.

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Sorrow Of The Dentist by Ayam Chhatkuli

And now, something slightly different than what you would expect from Meddy Bear. We are here to prove that doctors also have an artistic side to them.

We present to you a poem written by one of our fans, Ayam Chhatkuli from Nepal.






Sorrow of the dentist

Before I joined the med school

the focus of my sight was different

I used to see a whole human

All I see now is the teeth with calculus and stain.


When I see an old man walking

all I remember is a complete denture

I’m fed up with my prostho work

help me God I surrender


The man has a class I fracture

46 got a root stump

A life with no joy and rupture

Is equal to a dump


I come to encounter mainly 2 sorts of patients

Few are philosophical

And many are hysterical


People actually are very unhygienic

They bath with Quatar soap and have a Jean Patou’s spray

But use a single brush for 6 months

and walk with a grossly decayed tooth till the next may


Inside the heat of this mask

My beard failed to grow

Nose felt difficult to breath

Salivation decreased its flow


These days I dream of teeth

Good dreams angels appear as a canine

Bad dreams impacted lateral at age nine

She insists to describe her beauty

All I can see is her anterior cross-bite

with peg laterals

Falling in love for a dentist

is almost like winning the battles.

Breakthrough technology joins forces with Medicine- the future of Human Anatomy

How can new technologies help educate the medical professionals?

We live in a time when everything changes not even by year, not by month and not really a day – it comes down to a smaller measure of time when talking about the progress of new technology. As Moore’s law has predicted for decades, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles every two years as the electronical aids improve. This, of course, directly translates to the capabilities of such devices. So, where have we gone now, in 2017?

Digital anatomy and pathology books are a thing that we are already used to by now. The newest technology does not even reside in various 3D models that became available a few years ago. When exploring the newest capabilities, we came across an amazing rising star among the many digital anatomy learning tools – Anatomy Next. Based in Seattle, they have developed an amazing collection of high-resolution 3D models of cranial nerves, incredibly simple-to-learn yet detailed schemes along with renders that might want to make you question your ability to distinguish them from the real thing. The biggest improvement, though, is the introduction of augmented reality in the world of medical education tools. This is achieved by exploiting the impressive capabilities of Microsoft Hololens – a tool that makes the augmented reality really come into life.



It is long known that visualizing things makes us remember them better, and this advancement does exactly that – it helps anything that can be rendered come in your life; literally. The holographic glasses allow the user to select any of the given anatomy models and project them in front of their eyes. The model then can be adjusted by hand signals, allowing the user to move, rotate, lean it any way the user wishes, and Anatomy Next model is an even more detailed one. Let’s give an example here – you have a highly-detailed render of the skull in front of you. The application allows you to delete or fade out parts of it, take a look at them from any angle you wish, see the most detailed parts in close-up and use the application’s ability to label the bones and parts of them. Now this is learning, not some old, dusty books!

Have you tried this or would like to do so? Give us a shout-out below and share your thoughts!

Why do I feel sleepy when I start studying? What can I do?

This question was originally posted on Quora. Answer 1 by: Alaka Halder, Princeton University ’15

A2A. Studying for the SAT wasn’t my favourite task in the world either, so I’ll share some of the things I did:

  • Get away from your computer and other distractions. You’ve already pointed out that having all those soft copies of SAT guides is pretty useless if you’re on edX all the time. So print out those soft copies, or better yet, buy some hard copy SAT guides. I think they smell nice 😛
  • I hated reading the SAT guide. You’re being tested on what you learned in high school anyway, and I didn’t feel that I was benefiting from reading/passive reading. So I took a lot of practice tests instead of “studying”, and checked my answers against the answers manual. If I got something wrong, I tried to figure out why. It’s hard to get distracted when you’re actively engaged in something like test taking.
  • A technique that you might find helpful for building your studying stamina is the very simple Pomodoro method (Lifehacker: The Pomodoro Technique Trains Your Brain Away From Distractions):

    Developed in the 1990s, the Pomodoro technique uses a timer and a simple concept: write down a task, work on that task for 25 minutes without interruption, and then take a break for five minutes. It takes the pressure off the task, and discourages multitasking. The goal is to pace yourself through the task, while still maintaining progress. This method enables you to concentrate without distractions, and encourages deep thinking,


    Anyone can concentrate for 25 minutes. After you’ve worked for four 25 minute chunks, give yourself a longer break (e.g. 15 minutes). I know people find this helpful if they’re procrastinating a lot, or if they find themselves retaining too little of what they’re studying. The remain answers are here.

Interesting facts about trigeminal nerve

Did you just feel that last warm gasp of summer air touch your face? Fair enough, whilst writing this it is still summer, but there is more to it than just motion of the air in the atmosphere. And this is where the fifth cranial nerve, or trigeminal nerve, comes in. It is a nerve responsible for such motor functions as chewing and biting and – you guessed it – the sensation in the face.

When talking about the trigeminal nerve, it is most important to remember both functional classification and anatomical division. For the sake of simplicity let’s start with the anatomy part. As the name “trigeminus” already suggests, the nerve itself is divided into three great branches – ophthalmic (or V1), maxillary (V2) and mandibular (V3), which leave the skull via different foramina – the superior orbital fissure, foramen rotundum and foramen ovale, respectively. Those branches converge on the trigeminal ganglion, from which a large sensory root and a smaller motor root travels to the brainstem, which it enters at the level of pons. This also quite precisely describes the proportion of function in the nerve, of which the most part is sensory that involves all three branches. When talking about interesting and unique things about the nerve, then the borders of the dermatomes of the branches are relatively sharp and have almost no overlap, comparing to other dermatomes of the body. This means that, when under local anesthesia or if a branch is infected, a very well-defined area will be affected. To explore the nerve in greater detail, we truly recommend you to visit anatomynext.com. The amazing detail really makes it stand out in the field and make anatomy learning and teaching a different experience.

When talking about the function, it is usually easier to learn the nerve step-by-step, starting from the very uppermost branch – the ophthalmic or V1. This branch transmits sensory information from the forehead, scalp, upper eyelids, parts of the eye such as conjunctiva and cornea, most of the nose (the exception are the nose wings, which are innerved by the maxillary branch), nose mucosa with the help of the maxillary branch and the frontal sinuses. Interestingly enough, the nerve innervates dura mater and meningeal vessels as well, although this is done in a teamwork of all three branches.

The maxillary nerve furthermore covers lower eyelids, nares and the upper lip, the cheek, upper teeth and gums, roof of the pharynx along with the palate and the sinuses that the ophthalmic branch did not cover – the maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid ones.

The third branch, or the mandibular nerve transmits senses from the lower lip along with lower teeth and gums, the chin and the jaw and parts of the external ear. It is worth noting though that the angle of the jaw is not innerved by this branch, but by the C2-C3.

When summarizing the sensory part of trigeminal nerve, it is very useful to use sensory diagrams, which you can check out when learning anatomy with the help of Anatomy Next as well. As I already mentioned earlier, the borders are quite sharp and specific for each branch and this helps those of us who have a good visual memory, and all of the branches take part in meningeal innervation and divide the job of innervation of the sinuses between the ophthalmic nerve (for the frontal sinus) and the maxillary nerve (the ethmoid, maxillary and sphenoid).

The smaller, but not lesser part of the nerve has a motor function which involves four muscles of mastication (masseter, temporal and lateral and medial pterygoids) as well as four other muscles – tensor veli palatini, tensor timpani, mylohyoid and the anterior belly of the digastric. They are all controlled by the motor part of the mandibular branch and involved into the process of eating – biting, chewing and swallowing. The exception is the tensor tympani, which has a sound dampening function, including the sound of chewing.

As always, your feedback is welcome. What are your thoughts? Please share a comment below or contact us via email!

Antibiotics for a virus?


Imagine the following scene. You are lying in bed, your throat hurts, nose is running, your whole body is in pain, you feel weak. In comes your mother (sister, father…etc. ) and tells you to go and see a doctor, they will give you antibiotics and you will feel much better.

Sounds familiar? Everyone has experienced this at least a few times in a lifetime.

Why is using antibiotics for treatment of viruses wrong?

Well, first and foremost, antibiotics do not have any effect on viral infections. In a nutshell, antibiotics don’t kill viruses, because viruses have different structure than bacteria, and also, they replicate in a different manner. Antibiotics are specifically designed to kill bacteria, or prevent their further regrowth.

Taking antibiotics for viral infection will not cure the infection, nor it will help you feel better, and certainly will not prevent other people from getting sick. Also, inappropriate use of antibiotics can cause harmful side effects. Simply, it can cause more harm than good.

How do antibiotics work? They interfere with the bacterial cell wall and therefore prevent bacterial replication. Due to widespread use of these drugs, bacteria have found a way to adapt, by strengthening their own cell walls and by producing enzymes that can inactivate the antibiotic.

Number two, overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. Research has shown that up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use is either unnecessary or inappropriate. Resistant bacteria are stronger and therefore harder to treat.

Antibiotic resistance can also lead up to rise in superbug infections.  Parts of the world where there has been an alarming spread of superbugs include Israel, Greece, India, China and as been reported, also on the rise in Australia.


So, what’s our advice?

  • Never take any medication on your own, before consulting with your doctor.
  • Respect doctor’s advice. Do not insist on getting prescription antibiotics if you suffer from cold, flu, sore throat and other viral infections.
  • If you have any type of viral infection, you should: drink more fluids, get plenty of rest, consult your physician about over-the-counter treatment options that may help reduce symptoms.


How To Save A Life: 10 Most Disgusting Medical Procedures That Could Be Life-Saving

Medicine has evolved from the development of lab-grown body parts to fecal transplants, shaping the way patients receive care. Despite their growing advancement, some medical procedures are bizarre and have yet to become accepted. Alltime 10s’s video, “10 Disgusting Medical Treatments That Could Save Your Life,” compiles a list of the most disgusting medical procedures ever performed that may make your stomach turn, but can actually save your life.

Nearly seven out of 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug, and half take two or more, with antibiotics being the most commonly prescribed, according to a study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. These statistics reflect Americans’ great dependency on prescription drugs to treat health ailments. While these medications can help alleviate pains and aches, and combat illnesses, the U.S. and other countries have also resorted to animals and other weird sources to treat a variety of health conditions.

Drinking pulverized frogs blended with herbs for asthma and fertility issues is a common practice in Peru. Many natives also drink frog smoothies as a remedy for a low sex drive, but this has yet to be scientifically proven. Animal ingestion for asthma is also practiced in India, where asthmatics swallow a 5-centimeter fish in herbal paste. Thousands visit the one family who administers and claims the fish clears the throat.

The usage of human body parts also tops the bizarre medical treatments list that can save your life. Doctors have practiced natural orifice surgery by having their patients’ abdominal organs removed through their mouths or vaginas to avoid incisions. The first operation involved a gall bladder extracted through the mouth.

Another unusual yet fascinating medical procedure is a tooth transplant into a patient’s eye. Removing a tooth from a patient and placing it in the eye can restore sight. A hole that is drilled in the tooth holds a prosthetic lens that can correct corneal scats once implanted in the eye.

While some cultures swear by them, and others look away, these bizarre medical treatments have been able to save lives.

Click on Alltime 10s’s video for more disgusting medical cures, and see if you can stomach getting through the complete list.

Informed Consent and autonomy

Informed consent requires that a patient agrees to a certain procedure while Autonomy provides that the patient has the sole responsibility to decide. These are very ideal and in theory their practicability is simple. But is it?

At the wake of limited resources, the patient may not completely have the final say as to what happens to them. They may not have as many options to choose from, as the resources may not be as plenty. Further in developing countries, consent and autonomy is further complicated by the paternalistic relations that exists between the provider and the patients. The patients are less informed on their care and their conditions and interpret illness in a society and cultural context thus resulting into lesser accurate information on their well-being.

Healthcare providers in developing countries therefore have to create a balance between respect for autonomy and informed consent with the need to adequately educate the patient on the preferred care they choose. With the limited resources, the doctor often will choose the diagnostic procedure and have a big say on the prognosis treatment and rehabilitation of the patient. Consent to this end is thus used with overall call on doctors since Hippocratic times to do no harm.


The principle of “doing no harm” is the underlying ethical principle in the limited resources system and heavy patient load clinical atmospheres. The doctors who are often the more informed party have to constantly recall the Hippocratic oath section stating “…I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing”

The healthcare provider has to often balance between the available resources, the huge patient numbers with different needs and in this situations he/she has to do good at all times. Students in medicine in the whole of the healthcare profession seeking an elective in low resources settings must in similar way be prepared to do no harm. They must practice within their scope, they must appreciate their skills deficit and must at all times only perform a procedure that they are certain of their competence to and safeguard the safety of patient as a principle superior to hands on experience and clinical exposure.


This principle is rather a common phenomenon and often seen as a direct inferred principle to any practice of medicine. The premise from which it progresses is that all actions of the provider must be such that it benefits the patient.

While beneficence to the patient is relative and its interpretation different to various providers, in developing countries, this is seen as extending beyond the clinical care of the patient.  It involves a proper provision of information on the need to seek the professional health services as well as advice on the measures that are essential for prevention of further harm arising from the condition. Healthcare providers take an active role in preventive care and health promotion.

Students intending to undertake an elective in a developing must therefore be prepared to undertake deliberate efforts both in learning and for benefit of patients to educate the patients on care. Further they should be ready to participate in CMEs and other sessions so arranged within the hospital of placement.

While discussions revolving around ethics elucidate heated debates, understanding the centrality of the patients in them is a sure way to ensure the open view of ethics. Learning ethics and their application best happens in atmospheres where the ethical dilemmas often arise and where their application is not a direct sweep of the written standard.

A placement abroad and especially in a developing country is a unique exposure to learn through practice of the ethics in healthcare practice.  These are opportunities that healthcare students should keenly consider.


About the Author

Richard Kariuki, BSC Hons Health Services Management and the Lead Placement Advisor at Elective Africa, a healthcare placements organizer to Africa.

Love Syndrome

Aetiology : Unkown

Age of Onset : Teenage. Recent studies
have shown that it may affect people upto 25 years of age.

Risk Factors : The age itself is the major risk factor. Others include
(a) Co-education
(b) Cell Phones
(c) Movies
(d) Internet Of these the part played by the cell phones is note worthy.

Multi Organ System Failure

Clinical Features

A) The most common presenting feature is
throbbing pain in the heart often described by the patient as sweet pain.
B) Loss of appetite.
C) Sleeplessness.
D) Day dreaming
E) Disinterest in any type of work. There is a danger of patient being transformed into a

A) Very much dilated pupil (In search of his sweet
B) Blushing of cheeks (mainly seen in girls).
C) On Auscultation:
The First Heart Sound is heard as LOVE instead of LUB.
D) Smiling to self.

Pathogenesis and Clinical Course
The Disease is Gradual in onset. The patient presents with vague symptoms like loss of appetite,
sleeplessness, etc., As time progress mutli organ system involvement occurs with
varied symptoms. The symptoms are aggravated at the sight of patients sweet
heart. The sight of patients love causes the contraction of the radial fibres of
the iris muscle leading to the dilation of the pupil. The eyes remain wide open
and cease to blink. The Zygomaticus major muscle automatically contarcts and the
patient smiles (Smile at Sight Phenomenon). As the patient approaches his sweet
heart, action potentials are generated at an irregular rate in the heart and the
normal rhythm of the heart is lost. Microscopic examination of the cardiac
muscle reveals the presence of abnormal pacemaker tissue at certain areas called
the ROMANTIC SPOTS that are responsible for the lost rhythm of the Heart. The
patient feels agitated, and a throbbing pain develops in the heart. The
characteristc feature of the pain that patient wants to feel it more and more.
In advanced stages, the brain is affected. If not treated properly, the patient
may go bad.

Marriage Therapy holds promise of 100% cure rates. If is effective only after 22 years of age. If performed early,
it may lead to adverse reactions.

Preventive Measures
Several attempts have been made to prevent the disease. The WLO (World Love
Organization) expert committee has finally declared that the disease is
inevitable during the age group and its prevention is literally impossible. Any
attempts to interrupt the normal course of the disease may lead to more severe
from of disease. So interventional measures are highly contraindicated for this

What’s it like to perform surgery for the very first time?

Sure you’ll know what you’re doing and had plenty of practice on things that aren’t people. Sure you’ve watched others doing it. But what’s it like the very first time you cut somebody open to make them healthy? Is there extra fear of messing it up? Were you fairly confident?

(This question was originally posted on Quora, and below is a selection of the best relevant answers.)


Robert Gluck

You’re one year old and taking your first steps. Your mom holds your hand as you waddle along with your little padded tush and she let’s go. You’re walking! Yeah! It’s all heavily scripted but what do you know? Mom makes sure that you’re well protected. No stairs. No sharp corners. You fall, you get up.

Training as a surgeon, the first few times you think you’re flying on your own…hopefully you’re not. But, what about that very first time when you’re really flying solo? On the other side of the blade, the scalpel, the lancet, the knife…on the receiving end of your services, is someone you were talking to a bit earlier. Or maybe it was their family. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s an emergency and you’ve never even met! One way or another, on the other side of the knife is someone who feels, who dreams, who lives a life. Someone with a past, a present, and a future that you will help shape…or un-shape. Someone who trusts. You.

They trust you. To get it right. To do your best. And maybe your mom’s not around. Or…you are the mom. And there’s no one else to ask. The buck stops here? So, through your exhilaration, your apprehension, your fear, you need to focus…your life depends on it. Well, as it so happens, not your life. Their life! Their pleasure, their pain, their existence. You deal. You are the house. Focus. Plan. Stay a step or two ahead. Biological systems are complex. Shit happens. Shit like unexpected bleeding. Like weird anatomy. Like infection. And later…Scarring. Recurrence. Metasteses. Wet and dirty bandages. Bandages that fall off. Are too tight. Patients who don’t listen. Patients who are scared and in pain. Your first surgery doesn’t begin and end in the OR. But for now…stay focused…cut sharp and think sharp!

Laszlo B. Tamas, Neurosurgeon with ties to the Bay area and Silicon Valley.

Memory is a filter, and I think mine is more of a filter than most. Frankly, I don’t remember my first surgery as an event. I remember trepidation, clumsiness, slowness, having to think about every step, and sometimes impatience and even hostility from the supervising surgeon.

And since then, a slow, steady growth in ability, understanding, of conscious movement becoming subconscious, of befriending margins without passing them to normal brain, of having an intuitive “feel” for the brain, gray and white matter (subtle), arteries, veins, arterialized veins, and now no longer having any anxiety about cases except for the most unusual and risky. And, looking back at the “surgeon” of 20 years ago, recognizing what a dolt I was! (and maybe not being so hard on the other young dolts I come across). Read all the answers here.

Gonorrhea slowly becomes incurable

Gonorrhea slowly becomes incurable

Gonorrhea (trigger or cap) – contagious sexually transmitted disease, which is spread by sex contact, can be transmitted from the mother to the fetus during pregnancy, and very rarely through contaminated objects (clothing, crop, shunter) and its causing the so called bacteria Neisseria gonorrhea. A source of infection is an infected person and is transmitted by direct sexual contact through the skin and mucous membrane of the genital organs. The clinical picture of gonorrhea is different in men and women.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a dramatic announcement urging people to use condoms during sexual intercourse, due to an elevated degree of gonorrhea, which, unfortunately, in some cases has become antibiotic-resistant.

“The bacteria is extremely intelligent. Whenever we apply a new series of antibiotics to treat the infection, it develops and becomes resistant. The fact is that poor countries do not have a monitoring system and its diagnosis, “explains Theodora Vi, an expert at the “WHO”.

Based on data collected from as many as 77 countries in the world, the World Health Organization has issued a statement warning the alarming results that this bacteria is more resistant. Apart from the fact that the old antibiotics no longer work on the bacteria, it’s worrisome that even the new generation of antibiotics are not effective in some cases.

According to the “WHO”, the gonorrhea infects as many as 78 million people annually, and the number of infected people is steadily increasing.

Symptoms may be mild or unbearably painful and cause abdominal pain and fever with high temperature. If a pregnant woman has gonorrhea, she can infect the baby during her birth, or while it passes through the birth canal. Infection can cause blindness, an infection of the joints, or an infection of the blood that can be life-threatening.

Image credit: Photographer:Sergejs Rahunoks

How To Sleep Good

Posted on Quora by Nela Canovic
Try these 9 hacks to prepare for getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Set a bedtime alarm on your phone to go off 30 minutes before you need to sleep, which will signal to you that you need to finish up whichever activities you’re working on. Be sure to have a bedtime alarm go off every day of the week, including weekends.
  • Reconsider your dinners and when you eat at night. In addition to having a busy mind, you may feel sluggish and also experience difficulty falling asleep at night due to heavier foods or eating late. Avoid fried food and caffeine (which can be in some desserts and sugary drinks), and instead go with a lighter dinner with a big salad. Schedule your dinner at least a few hours before your bedtime.
  • Take a short walk after dinner. It can be just 20-30 minutes. Being outside is good for your digestion, you get some fresh air, and you rest your mind from all the activities you’ve completed during your busy day. A walk also sends signals to the body that it’s time to unwind and relax.
  • Get away from electronics (computer and TV) in the hour before bedtime. Instead, listen to a podcast on a topic you find interesting, queue up some relaxing music and listen with your eyes closed as you’re sitting on the couch, or read a book to stimulate your imagination.
  • Start a productivity planner before going to bed. Write a list of items that are top priority for the next day, mark them in the order of importance, note down how long you think you’ll work on each activity. This technique is useful because you train your mind to focus a few steps ahead so you don’t worry about forgetting something important, which in turn might keep you awake at night.
  • Have a cup of herbal tea (no caffeine), some warm milk with honey, or a magnesium supplement (either tablet or powder form) around the time your alarm goes off. These warm drinks can help you feel more sleepy.
  • Make your room sleep-friendly. Sleep in a well ventilated room, keep your window open at least a little, raise the blinds or move the curtains aside to let daylight in, and don’t place anything on your eyes so that your body can react to the natural morning light when it’s time to wake up. To prevent any noise from waking you up, invest in a good pair of soft silicone ear plugs like these so you can sleep through the night.
  • Take a deep breath of lavender. Lavender oil is often used to calm the senses and can help us relax before going to sleep. Keep a bottle on your night stand, and before you close your eyes, put 3–5 drops into the palm of your hand, then rub your palms together to release the essence of the oil. Inhale deeply a few times, then run your fingers over your temples, forehead, around your nose, and smooth them over your pillow for an additional soothing effect.
  • Optimize your sleeping pattern. There are always resources at your fingertips for turning sleep into a positive and lasting habit. Try one of these to get more ideas:

Can a schizophrenic become a doctor?

17 this year, and I have interest in pursuing medicine after I clear my national exams. Say if I can manage my symptoms well with an exception of a few relapses and do well in my national exams in the next three years, would this illness in any way, hinder me from getting into a medical school?

This question was originally posted on Quora, which was answered by Susan Winslow, 25 years Certified Psychiatric Nurse 

Yes, a person with schizophrenia can become a doctor and people have. However it is challenging and I will tell you why. Simply put, inordinate amounts of stress bring on relapses. With each relapse a person with schizophrenia has they increase their liklihood of having another relapse ( it is the same with cancer) . With each relaspse a person suffers the more damage is done to the brain in the areas of higher executive functioning ( in the prefontal cortex). This is the area of the brain required to study, train and actually practice as a doctor.

As a nurse who has spent the majority of my career in a teaching medical center and have worked side be side medical students, residents, and attending physicians this is one of most stressful professions I can think of entering. It is not only stressful on your mind it is also stressful on your body , on your family life and on you emotionally. I could go on and on but since I don’t have the space to do that I would suggest through your school , you ask to shadow a doctor at a local hospital or in your local emergency room, just to see what a “ day in the life “ is like.

That will give you an idea of how busy they can be, how often they need to switch gears, deal with emergencies, give extremely sad news to family members, listen to people who don’t agree with what you have told them, get yelled at, keep up with documentation, put off going to the restroom, are expected to know everything, perform miracles and have all the time in the world for each patient, maybe get 15 minutes for lunch, have memories like steel traps, and treat every one with respect, concern and dignity and chances are you are doing this on very little sleep.

I am not trying to discourage you . This is real life as a doctor. Being a resident is even harder because you are trying to proove yourself in order to become a doctor. With the illness of schizophrenia I would think long and hard and do lots of first hand work to see if you could actually see yourself doing the job and managing the illness. Your illness requires little to no stress, at least 7–8 hrs of sleep per night, three well balanced meals per day, adequate amounts of exercise to move your bigger muscle groups, time spent at rest, a very good support network, and fun activities.

I myself can think of other careers that involve medicine that wouldn’t jeopardize your health for instance nursing, nurse practitioner, many areas of research, medical ethics, medical law, medical IT ( the fatest growing career right now) etc.

Give it some thought, so many careers but your health is your top priority ! My Best.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment bellow.