News of Note from the Medical Student Advisory Council President:
2nd LT Brandon J. Bingham, MS-II, USUHS
I have been looking for ways to help USAF oriented medical students come together and learn more about different Air Force hospitals and their Internal Medicine residencies. Part of this effort has been to collect the Internet addresses of all USAF student members. In fact many of you have already received this message by e-mail. If you have not, please invest just a second to e-mail me so we can put you on our list serve.
Many students are not aware of the forums and the military resources that are available for internal medicine, especially on the Internet. Unfortunately it requires energy to find some of these resources and can cause consternation if a website address is hard to remember or too long to type. If there is anything I have learned in working with other med students, it is that time, energy, and brain-power are at a premium and must be conserved! In fact you may be wondering why on earth you are taking the time to read this. The answer is investment, my good colleague. Investment.
One of our goals is to be able to send you web links directly; all you need to do is click on them. It is also our ambition to ask Air Force IM residency directors to submit messages to us that we can distribute to you on a regular basis that will give you a better idea of what their facility is like, a "hospital of the month", if you will.
I would also like to send you web links to Air Force forums. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' Internal Medicine Department has an outstanding forum viewed by Air Force IM directors and students who have rotated through different Air Force hospitals that can answer questions and allow you to post comments.
Much thanks to Dr. Steven Durning, the Internal Medicine Interest Group
Advisor for getting it set up. It is quick and easy to use.
Another good website is the ACPonline website that allows all students (military, civilian) to collaborate about different ideas and experiences. It is a little tougher to access because one needs the eight-digit customer (membership) number found above one's name on the mailing label from any ACP publication.
Finally, I wanted like to share a Walter Reed Army Medical Center Medicine website that has a cornucopia of worksheets including EKG workups, Pulmonary Function Test workups, daily patient worksheets, etc, etc. These worksheets can be a terrific tool to shine during rounds. Give it a shot:
Again, please don't hesitate to take a second and e-mail me your address so I can send this information to you and make it possible to access this information with the click of a mouse. My address is:
2nd Lt. Brandon J. Bingham, MS-II
School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences