Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Freshwater Fishing Tips for Beginners

Freshwater fishing is when you go fishing in a body of water that has than 0.05 percent of salinity. Ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, both natural and man-made can be classified as freshwater bodies. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are not the same, the techniques and the fish caught are different. Here are a couple of tips you can use to go freshwater fishing.

Alan Faustino

Use a Map

If you are planning a freshwater fishing trip with your friends, you might want to get a topographical map of the area you are going to fish at. The map will give you an idea of the depth of the lake or pond, and also show you any submerged man-made fish cribs.

Slip Bobber

The "slip bobber" is a bobber with a hole that allows you to tie a knot and stopper above the bobber. Using a slip bobber for freshwater fishing is recommended. The knot allows you to determine where you want the bobber to stop and allows you to set any depth you like without sacrificing casting quality.

Live Bait

While you can use artificial baits, live baits are better. The best live baits you can use for freshwater fishing are minnows, worms, wax worms and crayfish. You will need to use different live bait for the species of fish you are catching.

Wash Your Hands

It is important to wash your hands when you are fishing in freshwater. Fish have a very good sense of smell and can detect any foreign scent on your lures and bait as you handle them.

Watch the Temperature

Freshwater fish prefer specific weather and water temperature. A good idea would be to research about specific species of fish online and figure out the best time to go fishing.

Alan Faustino was featured in a Tidewater Virginia fishing show for catching over 60 freshwater fish in one afternoon.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Is Your Medical School Application Late?

If you want to have a good chance of getting into your preferred medical school, you will need to ensure your application is sent in early. If you have not yet submitted your application forms, you will need to know the implications of submitting it late. 

Alan Faustino

Will it Hurt Your Chances?

Several medical schools operate on a rolling admission process, with around 44 percent of applicants receiving their acceptance letter. Schools that use the rolling admission system can choose to accept an application on the first day of admission season or even after two months. However, by the month of August, most schools have already decided which applications have been chosen. Since medical schools interview only a select number of applications, your late application could be automatically rejected if there are no more interview spots remaining. 

What You Should do if Your Application is Late?

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) starts the application process in May and sends applications to schools by the beginning of June. Though the deadline to submit application forms is in October, some schools can extend up to December. The AMCAS has to verify applications before transmitting it, so the wait in May is the shortest. If you wait until June to then, you will have to wait longer. If you submit your application in September, it could be too late. In which case, it would be better to wait and apply the following year. 

Alan Faustino is a well-known doctor and entrepreneur, having founded two companies.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Advantages of Being a Doctor

The job satisfaction that is associated with being a doctor draws more and more people into the profession each year. However, the road to becoming a doctor is long, hard and expensive. But is it worth it? Here are the advantages of being a doctor.

Alan Faustino


Helping People is one of the biggest benefits of being a doctor. Most of us, at some point in our lives, have felt helpless when there was someone sick around us, and we couldn’t do anything about it. Being a doctor enables you to help the sick person by taking care of their sickness. The feeling of satisfaction that comes with being able to help people in need is the biggest advantage of being a doctor.

Medicine is Fascinating

Working with medicine is fascinating as it helps understand the intricacies of the human body. Being a doctor, you will learn how different mechanisms can harm or heal the body. Knowing what can benefit the body has been the source of learning and advancement in medical technology that has helped develop new medical procedures and medication that can help cure diseases.

Doctors and physicians have tremendous respect anywhere in the world. They attain a level of trust that is unmatched to jobs in any other sector. People in every society and culture have great respect for doctors.


Once you get into the medical profession, there is no limit to the different fields you can go into. You can choose to specialize in an area that you want to work in, and you can choose a variety of healthcare facilities to work in. Being a doctor opens up a door of endless possibilities of finding new jobs.

Alan Faustino served as the Medical Director of Emergency Physicians Group, Parkview Hospital Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between January 2002 and January 2003.