Essential Skills in Medical Education for Students (ESMES)

Interesting thoughts about Medical Education Skills!

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Pre-European Regional Meeeting 2014, Krakow


I must say that when I sent in the application to attend Pre-EuRegMe, in February I applied blindly. I hoped to be chosen but was also uncertain, not knowing exactly what to expect nor why I was applying really. Little did I know what an enriching experience this would prove to be!

Out of the many Pre-EuRegMe workshops I decided on Essential Skills in Medical Education for Students (ESMES) as I am an ardent SCOMEdian. At the beginning of the workshop we were asked what our expectations for the three days were. At first I was at a loss, but after collecting my thoughts I expected to gain more skills in medical education to be a better student representative. Seeing other participants from different nationalities I appreciated the contributions they would make both from their culture and vast experience in SCOME.

During this workshop we…

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It’s the doctor’s fault.

A post worth noting!

Dharmaraj Karthikesan's Blog

I came to clinic at 9.15 am the other day. I was held up in the wards and was fifteen minutes late. My patient, a 40 year old housewife with poorly controlled diabetes was fidgeting outside my room. She was unhappy. I could tell. She entered my room and started berating me for my seeming lack of consideration for her time. By the time she was done, I had apologized a dozen times. We started with the consultation and to my chagrin, she forgot to bring her home sugar monitoring chart. Her blood sugar control was abysmal and her kidneys were starting to leak protein. She was obese and still gorges on fast food despite being counseled by a dietician. She has defaulted her appointment to the eye doctor because she felt ’her eyes are just fine’. She has not been taking her medication for the past week as she was…

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Why do I think that it’s worth paying for some applications……especially when it comes to Sleeping.

I get to encounter people on a regular basis asking me for the best apps on the app store and when I get to the point that I tell them that they need to pay a certain amount, their eyes seem to grow with surprise and even though I try to argue the fact that some of these applications cost about as much as two or three cups of coffee(some of them will even pay you back with sanity and easier workflow), they still don’t seem to like it.

The price of software we use on a daily basis has actually gone down. We used to pay 50 EUR for the latest game! In fact, I remember that for Fifa 1998, I had paid about 20 Maltese Lira to purchase the game(I was a good boy most of the time, wasn’t really a fan of pirating software) and today, 15 years later you can actually get FIFA for free on the iOs App Store. Of course, they needed to find a way to get the money otherwise they would be unable to pay their staff, and this is done through the in-app purchases which you have the option to make use of to enhance or facilitate your game experience.

Great Software is worth the money you pay for and you observe this in the quality of the software you use. And I’d like to take the opportunity to start suggesting some paid applications which are truly worth your investment and which I pretty much use on at least a weekly basis(and some even on a daily basis).

Today I’m going to talk about Sleep Cycle!

I will go to straight to the point, it costs 1.79€ but it saves 1000s of Euros on productive sleep!



As shown in the picture above, this app works by putting your phone in the corner your bed and connected to your charger, so really and truly you’re hitting two birds with one stone. Good sleep and charging your phone for the next day! And this app has grown to be so specialized over the last two years that it can even provide you with soothing sounds(this features is known as ‘Sleep Aid’) to help you go to sleep(these don’t work with me unfortunately haha). 

Not everyone is the same but it’s usually quite reliable when it comes to helping you wake up as it helps you decide the time interval required for you to sleep which can be modified from 10 to 90 minutes.

The developer who has a Polish name(not sure if he’s living in Poland) has been on top of things when it comes to app, and he updated his app in the early weeks of the release of the new iOs 7 operating system which shows his dedication and commitment to keep on developing this wonderful software.

I can’t stop praising this app enough.

Have a great sleep ;)!

You can download this app for iPhone from here!



Spotify has arrived to the Maltese Islands! Rejoice!

This week I had the pleasure to finally install Spotify on my iPad and iPhone and I just can’t stop playing all kinds of music playlists. It truly seems that I’ve been missing out quite a lot! 

Luckily, I’ve been able to access Spotify on my Mac from Poland without any hitches and from Malta was using a VPN service to be able to access the service. Having a mobile Spotify experience is truly one of the best music experiences you can get.

And to make things even more interesting,Spotify has decided to provide free unlimited music streaming to mobile devices! CNET covered the announcement in the most unbiased way possible

What are you waiting for? Download Spotify today!

Apple – iOs – Spotify iOs App Link

Google Play – Android – Android App Link

Over the upcoming few weeks will be posting some of my app choices and adventures developing mobile apps!


This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses.

happinessThere are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a third world country could be happy and content. I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

The question is: how do they do that?

It’s quite simple. Happy people have good habits that enhance their lives. They do…

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Interesting blog by a good friend of mine. Beautiful video to be seen!

One Baka Apart

This short video epitomizes much of my thoughts about the world, my love for science and it’s beauty and why I can’t, can’t, can’t accept when people stop asking “why”!

It’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which may be wrong.

Richard Feynman, 1918 – 1988

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