Product Review: Rose Gold MD One Stethoscope by MDF Instruments

MDF Rose 2

I recently received a generous gift from MDF Instruments and wanted to share how much I love this product! MDF Instruments was very kind and sent me a Rose Gold Edition MD One Stethoscope, which you can purchase by clicking on the banner below if you would like!

Shop Stethoscopes - Rose Gold

First and foremost, this stethoscope is absolutely breathtaking. The rose gold stainless steel gives such a classy touch to the stethoscope, regardless of the color of the tubing. The combination of rose gold with white tubing is my personal favorite. Just look at this beauty!

MDF Blog 2.jpg

On top of this beautiful aesthetic, the MD One Stethoscope has so many features that make it unique. I am a huge fan of the interchangeable ear tips. I personally use the small ones (because I have teeny tiny ears) but I can change them if I ever need to or if someone else needs to use my stethoscope. Additionally, the green dot indicator is so great! It shows you which sound channel is open without having to tap to figure it out – because let’s be real, we’ve all come close to busting our eardrums tapping on the diaphragm of our stethoscopes too many times.

MDF Blog Post.jpg

This stethoscope is absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to use this when I start seeing patients! Not only is this the perfect “accessory” to go with a white coat, it is also a high-quality diagnostic tool made by a company with an incredible mission! Thank you MDF Instruments for sending me this incredible gift!

 

Read below to see what the experts at MDF have to say about the various features that make this stethoscope stand out from the rest!

Rose Gold MD One Stethoscope Details

Why Rose Gold?

We know there’s no harm done in wanting to look great. In fact, we began designing stethoscopes in honor of some of our favorite nurses and doctors who love to bring a bit of their personality to work. We are honored to create a product that allows professionals to not only express themselves but also proud to be themselves at work. Not to mention the rose gold tone stainless steel also works hard! It delivers powerful acoustics, as stainless steel is super dense and is great at conducting sound.

100% Stainless Steel Chestpiece + Green Dot Indicator

Our Rose Gold MD One Stethoscope’s chestpiece and stems are handcrafted in 100% premium stainless steel. You may notice a green dot on the stem. The green dot indicator is designed to allow users to know which sound channel is open – no need to tap!

Extra-Thick Tubing

Additionally, the tubing of the stethoscope is thicker than most other stethoscopes to really insulate sound. You might notice that the tubing is a bit longer too, to allow for more space between you and your patient. Longer tubing normally means compromised acoustics, but because of the thick insulated tubing and quality of metal used in both the headset and chestpiece, we are able to make the tubing longer.

Premium Stainless Steel Headset

The stainless steel headset is angled at 15 degrees for comfort. Most stethoscopes only list the metals for their chestpiece, but the headset also deserves the same high quality metal as your chestpiece!

Ultra-Sensitive Diaphragm

The Rose Gold MD One Stethoscope also features a fixed diaphragm, which eliminates the guesswork between hearing high and low frequency sounds. Tunable diaphragms seem ideal, but determining the right amount of pressure to read different frequencies can be an arbitrary process and can lead to misdiagnosis.

Small, Medium, & Large Eartips for the Perfect Fit

We offer our silicone ComfortSeal eartips in three sizes: large, medium, and small, an industry first! These ultra comfortable eartips also help seal in sound and tune out ambient noise. Pop off the eartip and you will see our patented SafetyLock Eartip Adaptors that protect your ear canal should your eartips ever slip off.

Green Packaging

When you open the package, you may notice that we no longer use the black foam packaging that most stethoscopes arrive in. Though the black foam is aesthetically more pleasing, we have made the conscious choice to use more environmentally friendly packaging.

The middle compartment holds the nametag, small and medium sized eartips, replacement diaphragms, and interchangeable bells on a clippable metal holster for adult, pediatric, and infant use.

Going Clear

You may notice that our rings have changed from colored to clear. We chose to make this change because we want to make it easier to recognize when it’s time to clean/replace rings and eartips.

Free-Parts-for-Life

Lastly, if you should ever lose your eartips or need replacements of any part, simply register your product and request your replacement parts online! Your parts will be sent out to you 100% free of cost!

Life-Time Warranty

Registering not only gives you access to our Free-Parts-for-Life program, it also registers you for our Life-Time Warranty! Our Life-Time Warranty covers defects in the chestpiece, headset, and tubing – for life!

Low Budget MCAT Studying for a High Score

The process of preparing for medical school is arguably one of the most expensive endeavors of a pre-medical student’s career. On top of the cost of attending a college or university, pre-medical students may also have to invest in MCAT preparation materials, AMCAS/AACOMAS primary and secondary application fees, and travel expenses for medical school interviews.

As a student in a tough financial situation, I couldn’t afford to pay thousands of dollars for an MCAT prep course. I often found myself wondering if I would be as successful as my peers who were enrolled in these courses. As I was studying for the MCAT, I occasionally felt like I was at a major disadvantage.

You know what they say about hindsight, it’s 20/20. Looking back now, I can see that forgoing an MCAT prep course and using more inexpensive materials did not harm my score in the slightest!

For those of you out there who are pursuing a career in medicine but are restricted by your financial situation, please hear me when I say this: The only thing that can keep you from succeeding on the MCAT is your attitude toward it. There are so many free/inexpensive resources available if you are willing to let go of the idea that you must use the “big name” test prep companies to succeed. (Hint: There is really nothing super special about them anyway!)

Additionally, AAMC offers a Fee Assistance Program (FAP) that will cover the cost of the MCAT (if you apply and are approved before you register for the test!), AAMC section banks, AAMC practice exams, the Official Guide to the MCAT book, and other materials! The FAP application can be found here.

Below is a basic outline of how I studied for the MCAT using free and inexpensive resources. Please understand that this study plan may not be the best tool for everyone. Everyone should figure out how they study best and tailor their study plan to their individual needs.

  • Examkrackers MCAT Complete Study Package (9th Ed.)
    .
    I chose to use the Examkrackers MCAT review books for the bulk of my studying because I felt they helped me understand the basic concepts without bombarding me with unnecessary details. These books are less expensive than other companies (depending on where you purchase them), but these books were the most expensive resource I used.The way I used the Examkrackers books was fairly simple. I outlined each chapter and did the review questions at the end of each section. If I missed a review question or felt I didn’t truly understand the concept behind it, I would write the question out in my outline.Here’s an example of one of the pages of a physics outline:Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 4.00.41 PMExamkrackers also provides multiple passages for practice at the end of each subject book. These are great practice before moving on to AAMC material.I believe the 10th edition is now available for purchase, although it is more expensive.
    .
  • Khan Academy MCAT Series (FREE) – https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat.
    I used Khan Academy MCAT videos to supplement topics presented in the Examkrackers review books that I had a hard time understanding. Since I am a visual learner, watching Khan Academy videos and occasionally taking notes on them really helped me understand difficult concepts.
    .
  • AAMC Section Banks (FREE, if approved for the Fee Assistance Program).
    I used these section banks to solidify what I learned through Examkrackers after I was done outlining the chapters and watching Khan Academy videos. I would complete a full set of 100 questions on one day, then go back over the next few days and review the questions I missed to see which concepts I needed to spend more time on.If you start to run out of time and must choose the most important things to do before your test, I personally believe questions are more beneficial than reading/outlining review books. Questions allow you to simulate the test atmosphere while simultaneously uncovering which topics you need to spend more time practicing.
    .
  • AAMC Unscored/Scored Practice Tests (FREE, if approved for the Fee Assistance Program).
    I took and reviewed the Unscored MCAT Practice Exam about two weeks prior to my scheduled MCAT date. This gave me time to review concepts I didn’t quite grasp before taking the scored test.I took and reviewed the Scored MCAT Practice Exam about three days prior to my scheduled MCAT date. This helped boost my confidence, build my stamina for the real MCAT (let’s be honest, 7 hours is a LONG time to sit in one place and stare at a computer), and pick out the concepts I was missing most frequently to review them one last time.I highly recommend taking both of these practice exams in a distraction-free environment under test-like conditions. It will help you feel more comfortable on exam day.

If you take nothing else from this post, remember this: You are capable of much more than you think you are. Be confident in your ability to succeed, recognize that you are only competing against yourself, and give it your best effort. You can do it!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions that I did not address in this post! I cannot wait to see you all succeed on your MCAT and take another huge step toward becoming amazing, compassionate physicians!