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 . . .
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 . . .