Sharing a day in the life of a med student, this time a day of work on newborn nursery! Today's day in the life post is a little different, but good to share I think. The glorification of busy is so pervasive. And even though I don't buy into the idea that busy is better, I still I feel myself wanting to share my busiest days just to prove that I work hard and the med school is busy. While both those things are true, we also have some days are weeks that offer some breathing room. They are . . .
If you broke down topics of questions I receive, postbac pre-med programs are right up there with eating disorder recovery. It just shows two things -- more people switch to medical careers than I thought, and there isn't very much good information about them out there! For those new around here, I graduated from college with majors in marketing and graphic design. After a few years working I decided to change careers and pursue medicine. To get all of the prerequisite courses, I attended . . .
Deciding on a medical specialty is pretty much the only thing on my mind these days. We are starting to creating our schedules for fourth year, and there is a lot to consider. We have to do a month long rotation in the field we want to go into. We'll function like a first year resident and usually are able to get some good letters of recommendation from it. Away rotations are also a consideration, and most of us will take Step 2 of boards this summer. Oh, and get our entire residency . . .
A life update and talk about the family med and psychiatry stigma, plus an exciting memory I had from when I lived in Dallas! ___________________________ The number one thing you all requested in my Reader Feedback Survey was more general life updates. So, I'm trying to just sit down and write more often without any specific topic in mind. I legitimately have no clue what is going to come out of this, but here we go! It's like true journaling! I'm on a pediatric specialty team right now . . .
Catching up quickly about fourth year planning and why I'm dreading surgery! Happy Sunday!! I worked yesterday and now sort of have two days off, since Monday is an "Applied Clinical Skills" day. Usually it just involves a lecture on some sort of practical "being a doctor" topic. Most of the residents and attending physicians at the hospital mockingly call it our mental health day, but it's kind of true!! We get one each block and it is so awesome to have a random day off to get . . .
Sorry to disappoint, but I don't have any secrets for figuring out a long distance relationship in med school. So much depends on the wants and needs of the individual people! It wouldn't make sense for what works for me day to day to would work for each of you. However, I have been in a few long distance relationships that haven't worked, and am currently in a blissfully happy one during my busiest year of med school, so I think I can add my few cents to the conversation. I asked my boyfriend . . .
Sharing my first day on a new pediatric team, a fun surprise from my mom, the necessary nap that kept me from the gym, and the BEST winter salad recipe!! ____________________________________ Hey friends! Just popping in to say hi and share a little about my day. It's freezing here - hope you are staying warm wherever you are! A New Team It was my first day on a new pediatric team. I joined the "green" team, which sees renal and GI patients. This is brand new, actually! Normally renal and GI . . .
I apologize for this taking so long, but I'm finally getting around to sharing my USMLE Step One Advice! For those of you unfamiliar, USMLE stands for United States Medical Licensing Exam. There are three steps involved, and the first (and arguably most important) one is usually taken after the second year of medical school. The score you receive on step one plays a huge role in your residency application. The most competitive specialties, like dermatology and orthopedic surgery, require . . .
I'm finally getting another Day In The Life post up! This time I'm sharing what a day on an inpatient pediatrics team is like. I had no idea what to expect day to day before I started medical school. I hope this gives you a better idea of what life is like as a 3rd year, and shows you that I definitely don't have it all together! I'm still working on trying to "fit it all in." ;) Day In The Life: Inpatient Pediatrics 4:50am: First alarm. snooze! 5:00am: Second alarm. I'm up! Microwave a . . .
Sharing my experience on pediatrics so far. This post includes what I think of the people, the medicine the hours and some of the not-so-fun parts. This is not at all the first post I wanted to write this week. I made this whole editorial calendar of topic-specific posts and reader requests for the next few months, but I've been a tad bit busy with pediatrics! It will take time to get used to my new schedule (just in time for it to change, naturally.) Those types of topical posts take more time . . .