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? . . .
Hey everyone! Today is actually a surprise day off of classes for us. One of our lecturers is out on maternity leave, so we are just watching her lecture from last year online. And to make it even nicer, the other teacher agreed to reschedule his lecture for later in the week. Now we have the whole day away from school. How nice!! I've got a big to-do list I'm working through, but it's so nice to have a free day to do it all. SLU Med Wellness I wanted to talk a little bit more about . . .
Hey, friends! I hope many of you are enjoying this Monday off, like I am. I was able to have a non-school focused weekend since I have to day to get work done and my life organized. I'm sharing another day-in-the-life post today; my first of second year. There are a few from last year on the Medicine page. Before I started medical school I had no clue what my days would look like, so hopefully this is helpful to people in that same boat. Each day is different, which is great but kind . . .
One of the most common questions I get about going to med school after a post bacc premed program is, "Was it hard?" My answer is yes and no. The post bacc years are very much like college, but you definitely work really hard because your grades matter a lot for your medical school application. Hopefully you'll be really excited about the coursework because you're excited to get into the sciences. It can be hard to adjust to a student lifestyle again after whatever previous career you . . .
Becoming a physician is a long and confusing process! I have answered a lot of questions about the process since starting medical school, so I thought some readers may have questions too. I hope this is helpful for those interested in becoming a physician or just curious about the how it all works. There are many steps to becoming a licensed, practicing physician and it's unlike any other profession. From premedical coursework, to all of the classes and clerkships in medical school, to . . .
My last summer break is officially over. Yesterday I started classes again. *weeps* I have such mixed feelings. In one sense, it's so excited to reunite with my class and move closer to the goal, but on the other hand, second year is really stressful. We take a full course load, start a little bit of clinical work, and have step one of our boards exams looming over our heads. We take step one in April, but some people have already been studying for months. Your score on this test really . . .
I now get about as many emails asking about my post bac pre-med program as I do about eating disorder recovery. I guess lots of people are looking into career changes, and I'm so thrilled to provide some advice and share my experience. However, most people tend to ask similar questions I thought it would be helpful and time-saving to compile all those question into one post. Before I get into the questions, here are a few posts I wrote back when I was going through the process: Video with . . .