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 . . .
This is a reader request post, but one that I think about often and so was happy to write about. Medical school can be hard and practicing medicine is a demanding career. There are other programs and careers that are just as difficult, but medicine has it's own unique set of challenges. Quite of few years of your life are spent in the hospital or clinic working your way up the hierarchy of white coats. It's a lifestyle many wouldn't choose to put themselves through, but is a necessary part of . . .
Man oh man, this semester is nuts. I guess you could probably guess that since I have barely blogged since school started again. I knew that as we got closer to taking step one of boards things would get busier and more stressful, but I never knew how overwhelming it would be this soon. We're currently taking Endocrinology, which I actually find really fascinating, but I'm having trouble balancing my time between studying for class and studying for boards. (I just scheduled my test . . .
Classes start again today, and I've been using the past few days to get a plan together for this spring. I have 14 weeks until I take step one of boards. Just typing that freaks me out. That seems so short. I have two more classes left - Endocrinology then Skin, Bone & Joint - so for the next two months I'll be balancing studying for classes and studying for boards. Once classes are finished I have time off dedicated to boards studying before I take the exam in April. Up until this . . .
Another Day In The Life today! The last one I posted was an atypical day, so this one is a little more normal. This was actually two Thursdays ago during our first week back after Thanksgiving break. While most students have been cramming for finals, we've actually been in a pretty easy period! We were used to having a test every week in our previous modules, and just two tests in this five week GI class means we have gotten lots of room to breath. I've been able to have way too much fun . . .
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 . . .