A Medical Student Blog

Unofficial thoughts on medicine and medical school


profile-picture.jpg Dear All, I’m currently a fourth-year medical student with interests in everything related to medicine. In 2006, I studied acupuncture at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for three months.  For the past three and half years, I’ve been working with a pediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Boston on liver dysfunction, as well as on omega-3 fatty acids in children with short bowel syndrome.

I am fascinated by the potential of medicine, surgery, nutrition and complementary medicine.  At the same time, I’m disturbed by the lack of evidence that surrounds some medical practices. I’m also deeply concerned about the conflicts of interest that are pervasive in the mainstream and complementary medical world.  We often hear of how pharmaceutical companies have influence on doctors — this week’s New England Journal of Medicine paper written by Dr. Blumenthal’s team talks about these issues (April 26th, 2007).  Less talked about, but equally important, is how herbal companies and natural medicine doctors are vulnerable to quality lapses, financial influence as well.  For my posts, I will try to be aware about this and please let me know if you start to see me slipping in my awareness.

I’m going to try my best to talk about issues that are directly relevant to your health and my health — but avoid rehashing topics that you hear about all the time.  Most likely, the posts will be on things that have frustrated my professors, or topics that really need to be told but for some reason haven’t gotten out to the public — such as preventable medical errors or important nutritional information that everyone should know about.

Lately, this past year, I’m in the hospital for most of my third-year, which makes it difficult to post new topics, but I’ve been trying to add some posts on my Youtube page.  I apologize for taking a long time to get back to your comments, but I plan to answer all of your e-mails, it may take a while though and I am very sorry about that.

I hope you will stay with me throughout my four years in medical school and in residency. Please e-mail me at unitedstatesmedicalstudent@gmail.com.

(I also have Youtube videos if you find this is of help).


Thank you for reading!


P.S. I wanted to point out something important: I’m just a medical student, my posts are hopefully conversation starters, but only conversation starters — not medical advice. If my posts intrigue you, please read more about the topic and discuss about it with your doctor. I’d be happy to send you the information on the journal articles I talk about.  Also, the opinions expressed in this blog are not necessarily those of Harvard Medical School, its affiliated institutions, or Harvard University. Best wishes!



  1. Hi,

    I found your site on youtube. I am an entering 1st year medical school. Could you recommend review books (or textbooks) you found helpful in preparation for the basic sciences? I have heard that medical school is like drinking from a faucet. How did you manage to digest the massive amount of information.

    Also, would you mind sharing how you prepared for STEP 1, the books you uses, and your study schedules.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Judy | July 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hey,

    I am a high school student is Australia, very intent on studying medicine at the conclusion of my schooling. Both my father and grandfather are ObGyn’s, but i’d like to change the ancestral laws and be cardiac surgeon.

    Just wanted to say that your vids are highly informative and make for very enjoyable watching!!

    If you have any tips for me about Med School or anything related, i’d love to hear from you.



    Comment by Daniel | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. “interests in everything related to medicine”

    Haha. I guess that keeps you focused. I remember seeing your youtube video a year back or so when I was doing in my first year of MBBS. Good to see you’re still at it with passion and all!

    Comment by Goitrebaby. | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hello, I am a pre-med student. I love your insight in the youtube videos concerning medicine and different interpretations on school, big pharma, etc. I was wondering, some of my friends are in med school right now and I asked them about their study techniques. I’ve actually studied along side some of them. They don’t really do anything out of the ordinary and review the information enough times and make flash cards or apply mnemonic tech. they may have learned in class from their professors. I was really surprised to witness this and have always thought there might be a way to study smarter and less than the traditional way of doing it – but they’re in med school and I’m not, so what do I know 🙂 Anyways, thought I would ask if you have any tips for studying! Thank you for your blog and youtube updates. They are very encouraging for me.

    Comment by Chris V | December 3, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hi Jeff,

    Your Videos were Awesome!!!! Really informative and very helpful to us. Thanks so much for the great cause..

    Thanks & Regards,

    Comment by Fatima. | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi

    really i’d like to express how great i think u r.

    and i guess u’ll be a very great popular doctor in someday, and medicine will be like ur toy in future.

    honestly, i’d love to be like u…but i dont know how…
    im medical student…but right now …..–> obviously im 2ooo much away from medicine.

    u got my email,…if u have any thing to say …i’ll be happy to hear from u

    best wishes


    Comment by CanceRouS HumaN | December 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. Please e-mail me. I want to know how much fish oil and vitamin d I should take. You Rock. Maybe we can be pen pals.

    Comment by Jesse Brower | February 3, 2010 | Reply

  8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time.

    Comment by Jasper | February 21, 2010 | Reply

  9. rEPlLP http://jf4Gqm84hEQsl0dy2Pu3b.org

    Comment by gregory | March 4, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi

    I am with blue sky scrubs and we are interested in advertising on your site. If you are looking for an additional advertiser please respond with a rate sheet. P.S. You do a great job and with your blog.


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    Austin, TX 78756

    Comment by David Marquardt | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  11. Hi Jeff. My neme is Rafael. I study medicine in Brazil. I want to know how is your medical school,if you already see patients. I study the PBL methodic of teaching. How is the PBl in your medical school?

    Have a good day
    Rafael Araujo

    Comment by Rafael Araujo | June 23, 2010 | Reply

  12. weeeeeeeeeeeee

    Comment by Rafael Araujo | June 23, 2010 | Reply

  13. i really admire you and i just want to know how can you from come boston when you study in beijing da xue
    ? how good you to speak english…

    Comment by zhong jie | September 23, 2010 | Reply

  14. Hey Jeff,

    I am contacting you in regards to your web site bostonmedicalstudent.wordpress.com. My name is Matt and I help run and maintain a web site called MedicalBillingandCoding.org. This web site is a reliable

    source for medical billing and coding training programs, careers and future job outlooks and I have been working very hard to gain more exposure for it. With your help, I think that I could accomplish


    I would like to write a guest post entitled “5 Tips For Advancing in a Medical Billing Career.” If you have any specific guidelines or requests that you would like to me to meet then I would be glad to adhere to them as this is a custom guest post for your site.

    The guest post would be 100% unique and it will provide a great deal of value to your readers. Of course, it would never be sold or used elsewhere. All I ask for in return is a link or two back to my web site. I look forward to hearing from you as well as working with you.

    Matt Curvine

    Comment by Matt Curvine | October 27, 2010 | Reply

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