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How to Choose an Otoscope

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With so many otoscopes to choose from, what’s the difference between a £25 model and one costing ten times as much, if not more? Does it matter what type of light bulb it uses? Should you get an otoscope that uses fibre optics?

To help you answer these questions, we’ve put together this short guide to help you think through selecting the otoscope that’s best suited to your needs and your budget.

Read right to the end, because our summary contains an often-overlooked factor that could make a massive difference to your choice.

Select the most convenient size

Otoscopes come in two different sizes – standard and pocket.

The smallest otoscopes are pen-sized, including a clip to hold them securely in your pocket. Lighter than the full-size models, their construction is normally not as robust, so they’ll probably have a shorter lifespan. Metal pocket clips will generally outlast plastic clips.

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How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Writing your personal statement is probably the hardest part of applying for a university place to study medicine.

But don’t let that put you off! Every year, thousands of students take up their places in medical school, which means their personal statements were good enough to help get them through the application process.

If they can do it, so can you.

We’ve put some tips together to help you craft a personal statement that scores highly with the admissions team.

Write the beginning at the end

Outstanding personal statements have a powerful opening. They capture motivation, passion and commitment in a single sentence.

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How to Use a Stethoscope

cardiology_III_symbols_redYour stethoscope is your constant companion in medicine, so it’s really important to know how to use it.

While the technology required to listen in on our internal noises is very simple, learning how to perform effective auscultation takes a while. The sooner you learn to use a stethoscope effectively, the sooner you’ll be on your way to understanding the sounds made by the human body.

Different types of stethoscope

While they all perform the same function, a variety of different stethoscopes have been developed for various specialties. Some are designed specifically for cardiology or paediatricians. General purpose stethoscopes are ideal for students and nurses, while electronic stethoscopes can enhance traditional auscultation through the use of digital technology. Continue reading How to Use a Stethoscope