Med school can be stressful, but I don't want to pretend like I'm any more stressed than other people. I may have different stressors, but everyone has their own worries and anxieties no matter where they are in life. As I've mentioned before, my school is especially focused on student wellness and trying to ease some of the anxiety and depression that medical students are prone to. That can only go so far, though, and so there is still a huge responsibility on students to actively manage . . .
I've got another Day In The Life for you! I got a request for more of these, so I have another one in the works too. I started doing Day In The Life posts so that pre-med students (or just anyone curious) could know what a typical day of med school was like. I had no idea what to expect before I started! What I've learned is that each day is different! We don't have to go to class (our classes are recorded) so I have a lot of freedom in my days. I love that, but it'll end soon when I start . . .
Happy Monday from Hilton Head! My aunt, older brother and I drove alllllll day yesterday, picked up my parents at the Savannah airport (they were flying from Notre Dame), and finally made it to the island around midnight. My little brother and his fiancé had flown in earlier in the day so we all hung out on the couch with a few drinks and a movie before heading to bed. This weekend is going to be all about bike rides, games, hot tub, and wine. Oh, and a big Thanksgiving dinner of course! . . .
This past weekend's conference in Seattle was incredible. It was fun, inspiring, engaging, and really impressive. It was my first national conference as my class's rep for the American Association of Medical Colleges, and now I can't wait to go each year. Over 200 representatives from colleges all over the country met to discuss the leading issues in medical education and share ideas about each school's best practices. We had daily meetings as regions (SLU is part of the central region) . . .
I am sitting here trying to come up with a theme to write about today, but I'm blank. vest I had my final exam for our renal module today, which means I'm half way through my second year of medical school. That seems totally insane! Not only is time flying by way too fast, but I also just can't imagine being ready to start clerkships in a few months. Only three classes left, then I'm supposed to be ready; to have learned everything I need to know to take step one of boards and start . . .
One of the essay prompts for a medical school application was, "Tell us what you do with your free time." I got stuck. I called my mom for help. Her response was, "Clare. WHAT free time?!" I've always thrived being busy. I enjoy lots of things and so want to do lots of things. Heck, that's what inspired the name of this blog! And it worked before med school. I was able to to squeeze in all the things I wanted to do, keep up with work, and still have plenty of fun. But recently I've . . .
Hey, friends! Sorry to disappear for a little while. I tried to record a yoga video earlier in the week, but after two attempts it wasn't working so I gave up and decided to get back to studying. I'll try to record it again this weekend and share! We have a test almost every Friday for the next couple of months, so life is busy! It's going well though, and I love what I'm learning. This weekend I have some time to catch up on studying for boards, am teaching two yoga classes, and have . . .
Happy Monday! Are any of you off for Columbus Day? I'm back to school to start our renal module, which should be full of chemistry and physiology. Hard to believe we're already in our third class of the year! Today I'm sharing another day in the life post for you. This was last Monday, which ended up being pretty jam packed. Before I started medical school I was curious what my days would be like, so I hope you all enjoy! 7:30am: Wake up. No alarm needed on the days I don't get up . . .
When people start medical school they are often in for a shock. These very smart students, who up until that point worked really hard to be the best in order to get into medical school, suddenly are competing against other people just like them. Not everyone can be the best. Perfectionism is the norm in medical school. That's good -- we all want our doctors to be smart and capable! -- but it can have its consequences. Anxiety and depression run rampant. During one of the first weeks of . . .
When I first started this med school process, during one of the first weeks of my post bacc at UVA, avoiding study comparisons came up. I don't ever recall it being an issue in high school or undergrad, but anxiety about how others are studying happens a lot in medical education. As if we don't have enough stress on our plates, medical students play the "what if" game constantly: "What if I should be studying the way my friend is?" "What if I used that book instead of this one? . . .