Life Skills Series


We learn a lot of things in medical school — anatomy, physiology, the number of textbooks we can fit into one bag, how to cram for finals, which way to stick a stethoscope in our ears. But while our non physician colleagues were out there learning the game of life, we were stuck in the library learning the steps of the Krebs cycle. So the Life Skills Series here at AKOSMED was created to help some of us late-bloomers to fill in the gaps.

Hot topics in the series will include:

  • Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Negotiation
  • Crafting a CV and cover letter
  • Getting Promoted
  • Financial Strategies

Look out world. AKOSMED readers are about to ace the Game of Life.


teachingcourseThe Teaching Podcast: How to Build a Talk – Part I In the first installment of this two-part series, Anand Swaminathan and Salim Razaie present six simple steps to creating a great lecture.

The Teaching Podcast: How to Build a Talk – Part II Swami and Salim wrap up their awesome tips on creating a great lecture with advice on how to seek honest feedback on your talks.

 Secrets of Successful Speakers (Lily Walters) Walters uses the analogy of a tree to describe the structure of a great presentation. This book is geared toward aspiring presenters of all professions — not just medical. Packed with pearls, famous quotes, and easy-to-implement steps, this is a worthwhile investment for honing your craft.

The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphic Press The New York Times has described Tufte as the “Leonardo Da Vinci of data.” He is a statistician, artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University (yes, that is possible). Tufte is most famous for his lambasting of Power Point in multiple works, essentially making the argument that the use of computer slides for lecturing in an insult to the human brain. Our brains are capable of processing much more than bullet points. (For an example, click here to see an explanation of Charles Minard’s famous graphical depiction of Napoleon’s march.) His theories will definitely give you new insights on how to create better visual representations for your next lecture.


16 Personalities This is a free website that allows you to determine your personality factors that influence everything from your preferred learning style to the way in which you interact with people. It should look very familiar if you’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). Important stuff to know if you’re trying to expand your circle.

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie) Aside from the clearly out-dated pop culture references, this book is a time-tested volume of useful tips for getting people on your side. (If it needs any further endorsement, Amal Mattu has recommended this book more than once in his own life skills lecture series.)


compassMissing Compasses This evening I met up with another young attending for a few drinks and a light dinner. Although we both brought our laptops with the intention of doing some multitasking … [Read more]