Pestana’s Surgery Review, Ep. 1 – Trauma

Dr. Carlos Pestana is an Emeritus Professor of Surgery at UT San Antonio who has won over 40 teaching awards and prizes. He worked on the NBME’s Comprehensive Part II Committee in the 1990s and designed part of the Step 2 exam. He is famous for his books Fluids and Electrolytes in the Surgical Patient, and Dr. Pestana’s Surgery Notes, which is a very concise and high-yield review book.

Dr. Pestana recorded a series of podcasts that act as a companion to his notes. The episodes are hard to find, but are now being put out by Med School Beast to help students around the world learn about surgery. I found these very good for reviewing for the NBME Surgery Shelf and Step 2 exams, and they also made me a better student and improved my performance on the wards.

How I saved money on my Comcast internet bill by switching the name on the account

It’s a waste of time to call Comcast. You probably won’t get any discounts for your loyalty. These days, even threatening to cancel while on the line with one of their “retention specialists” may not get you a deal, and if it does, it’s unlikely to be a good one. Besides, phone calls to Comcast often take forever, and you have better things to do with your time.

If you want a good deal, you need a new customer special. One of these:

Just go to, sign up as a new customer using your roommate’s/spouse’s name (or maybe your dog or alias idk), skip past all of the other stuff they want you to sign up for, and that’s all. Comcast will automatically put in a cancellation for the existing account at your address and email them to that effect. You then just download the Xfinity app on your phone, go through the activation process (put in the MAC number on your router), and you’ll have internet access in about 5 minutes.

Do this once a year or whenever your “New Customer” pricing runs out. Simple, and no phone call involved.

You can go back-and-forth between your name and whoever you live with multiple times (see this Reddit post).

Enjoy the savings — goodness knows we need them this day and age.