The Health Care Handbook {Old Post}

Currently I’ve been working on finishing up this book called The Health Care Handbook. I know, it sounds dry, but this is a GREAT resource for both pre-meds and medical students. This past summer I ordered it because I didn’t want to go into clinicals blind. We all would like to think we have enough time to know all the ins and outs of the health care system before we get there, but let’s get real, we are too busy! This book provides a really great look at the health care system and is surprisingly an easy read.

What I love about this resource:

– Only about 200 pages (thank-you!!!)

– Each chapter covers a different aspect of health care including: health care systems, insurance and economics, policy and reform, etc.

– Each chapter has a huge list of references right after it (I’m all about the quality of where they get information!)

– The writers were Washington University in St. Louis medical students at the time (this helps a ton with the readability and also what they chose as “high-yield” things to include)

– Its undergone a revision/update….again, this is ideal because the medical system is always changing

– The end of the book has a chapter on health care providers, which is SUCH a great resource. It basically has a breakdown of the people involved in health care but it includes the job description, average salary, licensing process, education needed, etc. This is a great resource to flip to (even as a patient) so you know what credentials each provider has!

Easy, readable tables on each type of health care provider.

Easy to understand graphics that are straight to the point and help make confusing topics simpler.

 If you are looking for a good resource that won’t read like a textbook be sure to pick this up. You can order it on Amazon (click here)for only $15.99 if you want the paperback.

Have You Checked Out Doximity? {Old Post}

Wow! It’s been a long time for me to be away from blogging. Life has been a little crazy lately. We finished up our GI unit and I did much better on my final exam than I expected. We are now well into our Endocrine unit and the exam for this shorter course is coming up quickly! I’ve been working on my capstone project, which is a four-year long research project required for graduation. For mine, I’ve actually chosen to host three pre-medical workshops about different aspects of applying to medical school and survey the students who attend. The undergraduate university affiliated with our medical school has a lot less resources than I had at the University of Michigan. I’m trying my best to work with the pre-health advisor to help the undergrads out!

Anyways, on to the main topic of this post, which I’m really excited about. Recently, I found out about a site called Doximity from one of the lovely bloggers I follow, I’ll link her below.

 Doximity is almost like a LinkedIn exclusively for physicians and medical students, BUT it has tons of other cool features. So, the best new feature is called the residency navigator. It allows you to get information about different residency programs quickly and easily. You can limit searches to a certain specialty, region or state, or practice setting.

For example, I searched family medicine residencies in the state of Michigan. From here a list of schools sorted by whatever parameter you choose (here I picked “reputation”) will pop up.

 Now, onto the results. This is where it gets really awesome. Each program will show up with tons of different stats/information like:

– Total filled spots

– Board pass rate

– Founding year

– Percent male/female

– Time where you spend the residency (ie different hospital systems or practices)

– Percent that subspecialize

– Feeder schools

– Overall satisfaction/comments from residents themselves!

 This is so great for second and third year medical students that are trying to navigate the waters and just see what interests them. It gives you a good idea of the basic facts about each program and also even has contact information for most programs! If you want to see the “top ten” by reputation for each specialty head over to Joyce’s blog, Tea with MD( She’s a resident in dermatology with tons of good tips!

To make this all even better, Doximity is free, you just have to verify you are a medical student! It’s better to register for an account because then you get full-access to all of the residency navigator! In other pre-med news I will also be uploading a 20 tips for interviewing (from OU) onto my helpful links page! Check it out if you are interviewing this or next season!