Before I started medical school (so basically three weeks ago) I had no idea what a typical day would be like. Would I go to class? How much class? Did I just study all day? What else is there to do? So, I thought I'd put together a day-in-the-life for a new first-year med student (M1 or MS1). This is a pretty typical Wednesday, though you'll see some of my classes were just recordings which isn't usually the case. Right now we are taking Cellular and Molecular Biology as our main course, but . . .
One week down. My head is kind of spinning with all things new, but in a totally awesome way. I have learned so much about medical school in just this last week -- some surprising, some I expected. I'm just going to share my rambling thoughts: Holy cow it's a lot of information. A lot is review right now-- histology and molecular biology -- but there are definitely new more medicine specific things like lysosomal and mitochondrial diseases and clinical correlations they they bring into . . .
I start medical school today (!!!!!!!!) and I am so so happy I am at SLU. One of the first things that attracted me to the program here was during my interview when the Dean of Admissions told us about SLU's recent focus on medical student mental health. During orientation this past week I got to know even more about it, and it's even better than I thought. (View of SLU hospital from the medical school campus) In the past few years, the associate dean for curriculum here at SLU School . . .
Yesterday was my white coat ceremony, and today starts orientation! (Dress is Factory (similar). Necklace is RocksBox) I wasn't really feeling the "orientation, meet hundred of new people and do 'fun' activities" vibe until I got to the Church and saw my whole class. I met so many fun people already and am excited to get to know them! The ceremony was in St. Francis Xavier "College Church" which is gorgeous, and it was really special that my parents got to "cloak" me since they . . .
ALRIGHT. Now that the breakup post is out there, I am finally ready to talk about medical school. Things have been finalized (scary!) and I'm all set to go, minus figuring out all the loan nonsense. Fun fact: Today, April 30th, is the last day that students are allowed to hold positions at multiple medical schools. Today is decision day, but I made mine a little while ago. The break up helped with that - actually it helped me feel even more sure about where I already knew I wanted to . . .
The question I get most often when I say that I'm applying to medical school is, "What type of doctor do you want to be?" It's a funny question to me because I have no idea. Most students don't, and if they do on average 80% of them will change their mind before they graduate. I tend to say some sort of primary care, likely family medicine or pediatrics, because I want to have a relationship with my patients and care for the whole person. I think that my holistic approach to medicine fits in . . .