Excellent Health Professions resources: collating over time

I’m a second year dental student now. Praise the Lord. More on that journey if you have time!

http://radiopaedia.org          <— when your notes refer to “honeycomb lungs” with no explanation, easily turn to here for CT scans and quick definitions!

figure1.com   <—-
instagram various medical, dental accounts.

**a note on ads**: until I get this hopefully helpsite up to par, apparently wordpress threw in some ads. Please report any inappropriate content–I have the control to pay to eliminate them, but for time they’re still here under the hope they aren’t off color.

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Dental Test prep: perspective drawing warm-ups (and how it changed my understanding of 2D drawing of 3D perspective!)

I am preparing to take a Dental School test called the DAT; it’s a standardized test for dental school applicants. One interesting part is for perceptual ability, where it tests the ability to turn objects around in your mind and compare visualizations etc.

To prepare for the test, I typically warm-up with sketching before taking some practice quizzes. I found that my memory of being taught how to draw objects shrinking into the distance was very different than when I examined it closely (with math, physics, searching concepts online, and examining pictures and landscapes.) Basically, I’m re-examining the “vanishing point” idea, to become cognizant of what I’m drawing, from anecdotes while teaching and learning anatomy or biology, to visualizing and preparing for dental school and its procedures!

Here is one sketch; I sure would suggest this for fellow DAT-preparers! The black lines are how I drew a shelf in the distance, and the red lines are how I tried to understand the sin/cos height differences to understand how objects appear when not at eye-level. It’s pretty fascinating!


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While teaching Anatomy and Physiology Lab–more science tips

While I was earning my Masters in Biology so I could build a stronger background for dental school, I asked to teach in Biology! It was a fantastic experience: I worked with pre-nursing (etc.) students as they learned the body!

While I’m applying to dental schools for 2014, praise the Lord I have a job teaching Biology. I just want to upload a helpful way for me to learn, prepare, and teach anatomy. When we learned muscles, we didn’t use bodies; we only used models. So, there wasn’t as much discovery as could be (which I find helps concrete memory long-term!), so I tried this technique: drawing individual muscles to help describe and find origin and insertions when sometimes those are hidden underneath the rest of the plastic model.

Here’s a sample!



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Dental School cities in the US

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All American Dental School Cities 2013



I made a map with a pinpoint of every city that has a dental school in the US! That is the link.

I’m using it when deciding which dental schools to pursue. Lord, come!

–Justin Ross, MA



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Beginning drafts of Dental Educational videos for children!

Through serving with Baylor University’s ASDA, we taught local schoolchildren habits of hygiene for oral health, in “Toothbrush Services”. Now, I’m sure I and each of us would love to spend much more time teaching preventative health, but even then I noticed that they “remembered” what we taught, but wouldn’t admit to a year later having done anything about it!

So, I believe the motivation is lacking from two things:

  1. access and motivation at the home, and
  2. ignorance of the mechanism!

I have spent many hours working with children, and I know even a 3rd grader doesn’t lack the ability to know of a germ or bacteria–yet without teaching and adapting our knowledge to children, I doubt they would have inner motivation to brush!

So, here are my first two sketches of videos I would like to make stronger and better. (If you want to collaborate, please email me!!)

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Handy ways to stay productive:

Here are some of my tools to stay productive, developed over a BA and MA while preparing for dental school!

  1. Choosing how long you don’t want access to chosen websites! (helps give slight motivation for less facebook or twitter breaks!)

  2. Coffee Shop sounds!

That’s it! Everything else, pick yourself. 🙂 jk, later I might post on a desk I made that is brilliant for those that like to have all their work spread out before them. And pictures of the people you want to prayerfully serve one day as a dentist!

–Justin Ross, MA

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Mnemonics and other memory aids and understandings

Common Fatty Acids

Saturated:: 12, +2, +2, +2 = a fatty has a LiMP (Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, Stearic). a Dozen signifies it starts at 12, fatties = fatty acids, row meaning they grow by 2s…

A dozen fatties in a row,

always LiMP as they go.

Stearic acid: Stearic, Oleic, Linoleic, Linolenic:::
Winning! Olé! The more Lens wins the stearing contest. (= stearic, but if unsaturated forms base Oleic. Each successive “Lin/Len” gains another double bond at the next farthest non-conjugated position.)

Unsaturated:  “Olé! A double-bonded oyl at 9:00 o’clock!” (all unsaturated fats, ( ~ oils), have a Delta double-bond at the 9th position, and all the acyl group names end in “oyl”.

Arachidonic acid: Best: Spiders form webs, which spiral outward. To make a complete spiral, remember that it would take 4 cis bends to bring the chain back to its beginning if they were all flattened out. OR “Call 911,  for (4) 5 arachnids ate (8) 11 teens(14)! (4 double bonds, at 5, 8,(yah, I know the 9 of 911 doesn’t help. whoops. Maybe just “spiders have 8 legs”..  The largest fatty (20) ate for…

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