Jul 24, 2016


I was bitten by fleas in the dormitory of the medical school!

Posted in : Medical school on by : Dylan

When I went to Medical School, I was given accommodation in its dormitory. There was no choice, and I moved there. I need to say, there were a lot of homeless dogs and cats rambling around, and some students took them inside the building to feed and provide shelter for a night or two. That was the reason for fleas to invade the dormitory.

How it all started?

In the beginning, I did not notice the pests. But a week after moving, I started seeing small red spots on my body. First, these were clusters on my legs, then they appeared on my chest and back. The spots were itching severely, and some of them turned into blisters. Initially I thought it was allergy to new foods or cats living with neighbors next door. But special remedies didn’t work as I expected – itching was relieved, but spots kept appearing again and again.

And then I saw a dog scratching itself behind ears, and it hit me that what I experienced could have been flea bites. Indeed, when I checked my room, I saw a few jumping bugs, and realized that they lived all around and kept eating me every night – I was not a host for them, because I have practically no hair on body and take hot shower every day, so the pests could not hide.

I informed my neighbors about pests and asked them to cure their pets or let cats out – they walked on the street daily, bringing new and new pests into the dormitory. To clean my room, I used diatomaceous earth and some special remedies. But the fighting against flea infestation was long, and I was being constantly beaten (there was no opportunity to move out). Eventually, I got infected because of bites: medical tests indicated it was cat scratch disease, and I experienced all symptoms typical of it (strong itching, high temperature and fever). Besides, skin inflammation was so bad that I could not lie on back or sit on a chair leaning on it.

Cure for flea bites

Special balm and antihistamine medications were prescribed, and I took tablets as recommended and kept applying the balm each morning and evening. In a week, it became better, and I did not suffer from itching anymore. It took me two weeks to heal usual bites, and a month to recover from inflamed bites. I almost exterminated fleas, and they did not bite me.

All in all, I have been fighting with the pests for 6 weeks, and their bites that caused allergy and inflammation were extremely unpleasant – attending classes was unbearable because of constant craving to scratch myself. Luckily, now I know how to get rid of fleas and what can help to overcome allergy and skin inflammation.

Jul 17, 2016


NIH Funding to UCSF – Infographics

Posted in : Medical school on by : Dylan


NIH Funding to UCSF – By the Numbers – Infographics

Sourse: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/02/111671/2013-nih-funding

Jul 14, 2016


Do You Qualify for Medical School Loan Forgiveness

Posted in : Medical school on by : Dylan

Graduating from medical school is a major accomplishment. Any type of higher education is tough, but medical school takes the concept of tough to a whole new level. Physicians are held to a higher standard than most other occupations, and they have to undergo a heck of a lot more education. All told, by the time most medical school graduates finish school, their educational debts can be well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, most physicians, by the time they begin to practice medicine have between $150,000 and $500,000 in unpaid education loans. That is a significant amount of money, and it can be very difficult to repay.

Forgiveness for Medical School Loans

There are government plans in place to help alleviate some of this debt for certain individuals. Of course, many doctors, who go on to high paying specialist roles are able to pay these loans off in a reasonable amount of time. Others, however, are not so fortunate. The group of doctors hit hardest of all, also happen to be those who are the most needed of all – general practitioners, or family doctors. The average salary for a physician just getting started with a private practice or partnership is around $150,000 a year, and with new regulations on insurance and healthcare, in general, it is even more difficult for these physicians to make a profit.

After putting in years of tough education, many physicians find that they can make more money by going into another line of employment, and many throw in the towel as they are unable to repay their steep college tuition loans. Many of these physicians may benefit from the loan forgiveness plans mentioned earlier. Of course, not every person can qualify for medical education loan forgiveness, but it is worth investigating for thousands of doctors who may not even be aware that these plans exist.

Here are a few factors that may help to qualify you for medical school loan forgiveness:

  • Working for a non-profit organization. Many hospital systems are non-profit, so hospitalists and other doctors associated with these organizations may qualify for loan forgiveness
  • Working for a tribal college or university. Hospitals associated with these types of educational institutions may afford loan forgiveness to many of their staff physicians.
  • Performing public service for the elderly or disabled. Physicians who contribute their times and talent to performing medical services for the under-served may be eligible to have a big percentage of their medical school loans deferred.

These are just a few of the ways that you might qualify to have your medical school loans forgiven. Of course, not everyone will qualify for medical school loan forgiveness, but for many who do, this can be a great way to continue practicing medicine without huge amounts of debt hanging over their heads for years to come. If you got into medicine to help people, don’t let educational debts drive you away from your life’s calling. Find out if you meet some of the guidelines for full or partial medical school loan forgiveness.

Where to Find Medical School Loan Forgiveness Programs

The National Health Service Corps offers medical loan forgiveness to physicians who agree to work in underserved areas for a predetermined number of years. The National Institute of Health (NIH) offers to repay up to $35,000 for medical graduates who decide to pursue a career in medical research.

National Health Service Corps offers loan forgiveness for medical graduates who agree to serve in underdeveloped areas for a set amount of time. They offer up to $145,000 in loan repayment for completing a 5 year service agreement or a $50,000 award for 2 years of service.

Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program is a program run by the U.S. government to encourage registered nurses to serve certain areas of non-profit health care facilities experiencing shortages. They offer to repay up to 85% of total qualifying nursing education loan balance for up to 3 years of service agreement. Registered nurses are also eligible to receive salary and benefits agreed upon by the employing facility.

National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program was designed to help research scientist repay up to $35,000 of qualifying student loan debt. The program can be applied towards extramural loan repayment programs (LRP) at universities and other nonprofit organizations.