Friday, 15 February 2013

Nontraditional Students Can Flourish in Medical School, Primary Care

Successful matriculation through medical school can be achieved through paths other than the traditional undergraduate premedical education track with its courses in organic chemistry, physics and calculus. In fact, medical students who major in the humanities or social sciences can perform just as well as those who enter medical school with traditional premed majors. And, perhaps not surprisingly, humanities majors are more likely to choose primary care specialties. Those are the key findings from a study published in the August Academic Medicine.

According to the study by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University in New York City, nontraditional and traditional premed majors had no significant differences in clerkship or commencement honors or in graduating with distinction in research.
The nontraditional majors did, however, gravitate to residencies in primary care and psychiatry and away from surgical subspecialties and anesthesiology. 

"It is clear that relieving students of the burdens of traditional premed requirements in college will provide them the opportunity to pursue multiple and more diverse paths to success in medical school," the researchers said. 

According to the study, medical education leaders have long questioned the value of traditional premed requirements for practicing physicians or scientists, but little has been done to challenge the prevailing wisdom.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Non-traditional student

Non-traditional student is an American English term referring to a category of students at tertiary educational institutions. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) acknowledges there is no precise definition for non-traditional student, but suggests that part-time status and age are common elements. In a 1996 study, the NCES included anyone who satisfies at least one of the following as a non-traditional student:

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Great Northern Loon


This species, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, catching its prey underwater, diving as deep as 200 feet (60 m). Freshwater diets consist of pike, perch, sunfish, trout, and bass; salt-water diets consist of rock fish, flounder, sea trout, and herring.

The bird needs a long distance to gain momentum for take-off, and is ungainly on landing. Its clumsiness on land is due to the legs being positioned at the rear of the body: this is ideal for diving but not well-suited for walking. When the birds land on water, they skim along on their bellies to slow down, rather than on their feet, as these are set too far back. The loon swims gracefully on the surface, dives as well as any flying bird, and flies competently for hundreds of kilometers in migration. It flies with its neck outstretched, usually calling a particular tremolo that can be used to identify a flying loon. Its call has been alternately called "haunting," "beautiful," "thrilling," "mystical" and "enchanting."

Great Northern Loon nests are usually placed on islands, where ground-based predators cannot normally access them. However, eggs and nestlings have been taken by gulls, corvids, raccoons, skunks, minks, foxes, snapping turtles and large fish. Adults are not regularly preyed upon, but have been taken by sea otters (when wintering) and bald eagles. Ospreys have been observed harassing divers, more likely out of kleptoparasitism than predation. When approached by a predator of either its nest or itself, divers sometimes attack the predator by rushing at it and attempting to impale it through the abdomen or the back of the head or neck.