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How To Succeed in Med School with Aaron McGuffin (UniversalNotes)

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In this episode, we talk with Dr. Aaron McGuffin from Universal Notes about how to bounce back from failure in medical school and how todissect pediatrics questions. Plus we discuss trends in medical education and how Universal Notes can help you in your classes and in your clerkships.


Our question of the day concerns how to diagnose and treat strawberry hemangiomas like this one…Strawberry hemangioma

The Interview

Aaron McGuffin is formerly the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education at Marshall University and is currently the director of graduate medical education and residency education at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Dr. McGuffin earned his medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2003.
He is the senior editor and founder of Universal Notes. Follow @UniversalNotes on Twitter.

This Episode’s Freebie

As usual, one lucky listener who leaves a review of the podcast and sends their screenshot to will be entered to win this week’s contest. This week featuring a 3-month premium subscription to Universal Notes. 

…Also in this episode

Music for this episode is brought to you by Anthony Jay Sanders, frontman for ITB music alums, the Island of Misfit Toys. This episode opens with the song “Wild Things” from Anthony’s solo EP “Fear Mint Vol. 2” which you can find on Spotify.

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You might catch him “Live” performing songs suffused with depth, wonder, and positive—but never merely sanguine—emotion.

And while you’re at it, you must listen to the Island of Misfit Toys’ Audiotree performance.

About Universal Notes

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Patrick C. Beeman, MD

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