Third year has brought so many new emotions, worries, and class dynamics. The first two years of medical school are challenging for sure, but they are (usually) pass/fail and removed from the world of real patients and decisions about the future. They are care free in the scheme of things. Third Year Changes But things change once Step One comes along. That Step One score means a whole lot in the life of a future physician (which is a whole other can of worms.) The class is suddenly . . .
Hey everyone! I'm going to try to share a Day In The Life post for each of my rotations if I have time. Just like the first two years, I didn't know what to expect when I got to clerkships, so hopefully this is helpful some of you. I'm on the Psychiatry Consult and Liaison team right now. We get called in whenever another team (on the floors or in the emergency department) think a patient needs a psych evaluation. These can be for psychosis, depression, suicide risk assessments, overdose, . . .
If you are thinking about medical school, especially if you are a career changer, this post is for you. Harvard HMX About a month ago I was asked if I wanted to review Harvard's new online learning program, HMX. I looked into it and unfortunately realized I was just a few months too late! The program teaches four fundamental courses: Physiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, and Genetics. These are key parts of preclinical medical education and were a huge part of Step One of my medical . . .
Inpatient psychiatry is a really interesting place to start rotations. The patients have to be physically stable to be placed on the psych floor, so I haven't had to perform a physical exam. The psych version of a physical exam is called a mental status exam, which assesses a patient's cognition, thought process, insight, etc. The diagnoses we've seen include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and drug-induced psychosis. We just . . .
I cannot believe I haven't blogged in two months! I've been writing this baby for almost 7 years now, and I think the most time I ever took off was a week or so. I've felt a little paralyzed as to how to jump back into it because there is so much I want to share, but instead of trying to do it perfectly I'm just going to dive in. Pens // Women's Earbuds Step One If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the last two months of my life have been spent in a library. I took my first . . .
A week from today I'll start my official study period for USMLE Step One. Check out this post if you're unfamiliar with medical education. USMLE stands for United States Medical Licensing Exam and has three parts, the first of which is usually taken after the second year of medical school. Most medical schools give students some time off to prepare for the test, and SLU is very generous in giving us 8 weeks. Some people use all of it, some people take it mid-way through and use the rest for . . .
Another Day In The Life coming your way! I thought it'd be good to do a post on how I balance classes with boards studying in these few weeks leading up to our designated study period. I never feel like I get enough done, and this day was a little more play than usual, but still a fairly decent look. So here's a look at a Monday in the life of a second year medical student! 7:42am: - Wake up to a text from a friend. I'm usually up around 7, but classes start an hour later today so I . . .
Man, oh man. It's been a while! I really want to be writing, but I'm making myself spend what used to be blogging/down time to study for boards. That's how life will be for the next few weeks -- I go to my iCal, and any time that is free gets a pink "STUDY FOR BOARDS" box. Right now I'm writing this while watching the Sanders v. Cruz debate. I'm studying a lot, but still trying to keep myself updated on everything going on with politics. Speaking of the next few weeks, I'm officially . . .
Every once and a while one of the doctors giving a lecture adds in some practical advice. At the end of a lecture on the physiology of pregnancy, our teacher shared some of road that got him to where he is today, which included lots of travel and some twists and turns. He spontaneously, but beautifully, encouraged us with these words: Carve out time to disappear. I love that. His words are particularly relevant given that I've been sharing some thoughts about balancing a career in . . .
Thank you all so much for your discussion and feedback on my last post on The Match! I love learning from people that have been through it already. Who's ready for part two?! Today's post is a little more woman-specific. One of biggest concerns that I had about going into medicine was how I would balance having a family with work. Being a little older than usual definitely makes it a little more important for me. Also, men worry about this too! I've talked to multiple guys concerned about . . .