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How to Use Social Media for Medical Research

Over the last few years, medical professionals have been learning how to use social media as a research tool.

For some, using Facebook or Twitter in the serious context of healthcare studies seems a little odd. After all, aren’t these networks full of people sharing photos of their dinner or silly videos of their cat?

The reason why people share banal photos online is the same reason why social networks can make outstanding research tools. It’s because Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest make it really easy to communicate with a large, diverse audience.

For this reason, anyone involved in medical research, should give serious consideration to incorporating social media into their methodology.

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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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7 Top Tips for Your First Term at Medical School

Well done on getting a place at medical school! You achieved outstanding A-level results and you’ve made it through the tough application and interview process. Now you’re about to embark on the exciting journey to becoming a fully qualified doctor.

Getting through medical school is going to be hard work. The first few weeks could be particularly tough as you get used to a university life so very different from what you’ve known before. Continue reading 7 Top Tips for Your First Term at Medical School

4 Reasons Why Med Students Should Limit Google Searches and Internet Use

If you were to plot on a pie chart your next home study session and the time you set aside to cram, how much of that time would be spent using Google or other internet search engines? In the age of e-learning, digital submission of work and online research, study books can take somewhat of a back seat, but is this a good way for us to learn? Is it helpful when we have exams?

We give you four valid reasons why medical students should remember that Google is only a gateway, and that the internet can inhibit study as well as enable it. It’s important to step away and find other creative ways to learn medical terminology or cram for exams, so here are some helpful ideas on how to aim for the right balance. Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Med Students Should Limit Google Searches and Internet Use

Practice Managers: How to Optimize Office Expenses

For medical and physician practice managers, efficient use of your budget is a primary part of your job. Oftentimes you may find that you have to get creative to cut expenses, stretch resources, and maintain the effectiveness of the practice to satisfy patients.

An efficient purchasing process is a good first step to controlling your expenses. In virtually all practices the front office staff use the majority of office supplies. This includes printer paper, envelopes, ink, and more. These items, while seemingly small individually, can quickly add up if they’re not properly accounted for. That’s why you must set up systems to address their costs and optimize their usage. Here are a few tips on how to manage these kinds of office expenses and keep them under control. Continue reading Practice Managers: How to Optimize Office Expenses

6 Tips to Find the Best Medical Equipment Online

By getting equipment online you can save money and even get better products

By getting equipment online you can save money and even get better products

 

In this day and age, you can buy anything online. It’s convenient, easy, and fast.

For medical clinics and physician’s offices, buying medical equipment online can be a huge timesaver and can make your life at work so much easier. It used to be that the only way to purchase or lease medical equipment was through speciality equipment dealers. This required time consuming visits to dealers and suppliers, as well as laborious negotiations.

Those days are (for the most part) gone. Now, equipment managers can research products, review prices, and place orders online within an hour, and have all the necessary equipment shipped directly to their offices. Continue reading 6 Tips to Find the Best Medical Equipment Online

5 Creative Ways to Quickly Learn Medical Terminology (And Remember It)

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Learning medical terminology can be a pain, but some techniques can make it much easierMark Hunter / Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

Much of medical terminology has unfamiliar sounding Greek and Latin roots, often making them challenging for people to remember.

As a healthcare professional, it’s not uncommon to come across medical terminology which is simply foreign to you. However, to be successful, healthcare students need to be able to read and understand all sorts of medical terms, even if they’re caught off guard in clinical settings and in internships without time to look up the term.

It’s important to prepare ahead of time, and keep the terms you’re learning in your science courses today fresh in your mind tomorrow and for years ahead.

There’s no way around it, if you want to be viewed as competent and intelligent, you must have a strong understanding of medical terminology.

But how do you learn medical terminology easily?

By using different tools and methods of learning and committing to memory the basics of medical terminology, you’ll be able to understand and use the proper terminology in whatever situation you find yourself in. Follow these tips for learning medical terms quickly and easily.

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4 Time Management Tips For Busy Medical Practice Managers (+A Bonus Tip)

Tackle that to-do list with these time management tips
Tackle that to-do list with these time management tipsStacy Spensley / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Last Updated: 21st July 2017: Practice managers are coming under increased pressure to economise and this has lead to even more demands on your time. In light of this, we have updated and improved our time management tips with extra information and a bonus tip.

As the manager of a medical practice, patients might not always see you, or even know you’re there. But, you’re the secret ingredient that makes their experience a positive one, by overseeing bills and finances, scheduling appointments and treatments, and ensuring the doctors and nurses have everything they need.

A good practice manager is essential to every clinic’s success. You’re the one who can see the big picture and juggle everyone’s busy schedules. But with so much to keep track of, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly endless responsibilities of your job. Here are a few of our favorite time-management tips, so you can stay on top of your clinic’s nuts and bolts with a smile.

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