A New Website to Help Guide Medical Students Through the Residency Application Process.
My fiancee and I worked over the last several months to craft a website to make the residency application process easier. As we went through the many steps ourselves, we found that there was a gap in information— between sites with too little information and those with every detail covered. Our goal was to take the best websites and pull their advice then inject our own suggestions. Hopefully our site will help reduce the complexity of the entire process as well as evolve as we get more feedback. Please contact me if you have any suggestions. (email@example.com)
Here’s a quick set of pictograms I did for an app a team of us are submitting for a competition. The app deals with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and pesticide safety in agricultural areas. We didn’t have enough time for our app developer to code it but we’re throwing together an animated mockup.
Something a Little Different
After letting my Wacom tablet collect dust for the last several months, tonight I finally decided to start drawing agin.
I’ve been following Shane Burcaw of LAMN for a little while and I wanted to make a small tribute piece. Shane is a 20 year old with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) who has a wonderfully lighthearted outlook on life. He also happens to be an active member in the muscular dystrophy world. He just launched his nonprofit laughingatmynightmare and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Though I don’t know Shane personally, he reminds me of the many wonderful patients and families I had the pleasure of seeing as part of my neuromuscular fellowship last year.
So here’s a drawing I put together tonight of Shane looking tough in a pretend cape—something I wouldn’t be surprised to see him post on his own tumblr site.
I’m not one for inspirational text prints but I thought I’d post a little re-do of one of my more popular pieces (Gemfibrozil).
I’m sure most of us have experienced the painful sensation in our ears when flying, but why do our ears hurt and why do you feel them pop?
It all boils down to unequal pressure between our external auditory canal (arrow) and middle ear (#2)—and the membrane that is caught in the middle—the tympanic membrane or eardrum (#1).
Rapid changes in altitude change the pressure the outside of the eardrum, but the middle ear doesn’t respond as quickly. The eardrum is a highly innervated (by cranial nerves V, IX, X) and thus is highly sensitive membrane. Differences in pressure cause the membrane to distort either in or out and subsequently cause pain.
So what about the popping sensation? The middle ear is connected to the nasopharynx (#4) (i.e. the back of the nose/upper throat) by the eustachian tube (#3). This tube is usually closed—however when we swallow it opens briefly which allows the pressure to equalize and your hear and sense the pressure dropping in your middle ear.
I’ve been quite absent on tumblr since I’ve been running around the country interviewing. Since I’m now done with boards (at least until step 3) I thought I’d start up a new project to kick start my drawing again. Though I know many of your are medical students, I wanted to focus on a project explaining more mundane medical phenomena. Perhaps once a week I’ll try to post a small drawing and explanation of a simple medical problem or condition. I’ve always been interested in medical education, especially how medical professionals educate patients. Since my one year research year in focusing on neuromuscular diseases, I’ve thought a good deal about how to best represent complex medical ideas. Hopefully this project will get me thinking more about this concept.
Anonymous asked: Hi Steve, First of all, your art work is great. I really wanted access to that lipoprotein graphic that you did; the gastric subway is very useful of course. I'd really like high-resolution versions of these and the rest of your work if you are interested to monetize them or share in anyother way. I hope you'll nourish and nurture your talents further in life and share them with the world. Thanks.
Thanks! Shoot me an email and we can chat. I can’t post links in tumblr mail but you can head over to my website—my email is listed there in the about section.
Sorry I’ve been MIA but I’ve been wrapped up in some projects. One of the really exciting project is working with a medical boards review book series to oversee a revamp of their medical illustrations. I’m trying to find individuals who are interested in medicine and illustration. Preferrably I’m looking for medical students with an eye for design, or medical illustrator students with a strong science background. If you know anyone I’d love to talk with them further.
Hope to hear from you.
I’ve been working in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) which is part of my excuse for not posting more often. However, in the NICU, I’ve seen a couple resuscitations of premature infants who weight less than a pound and I was amazed at the sight. Unlike chest compressions for adults or even children, in neonates only a thumb is required to move blood flow during compressions. The NICU has been an amazing experience for many reasons but witnessing a full resuscitation on such fragile beings is truly amazing. This is my tiny tribute to those tiny babies and neonatologists’ efforts to keep them alive.
Anonymous asked: How do you do your artwork? its amazing. You have so much talent! Thanks for sharing.
one day I’ll post a small little process sketch of how I get my ideas finalized. Basically it starts with sketches on tons of notecards (my sketchbook of sorts) then I break out adobe illustrator and begin putting together geometric shapes to rough out an idea. Then the hardest part for me is picking a color palate. That’s usually just a trial an error process or exporting into photoshop.