Should you talk about mental health issues on med school applications? This has increasingly become one of my most asked questions. I'm open about my generalized anxiety disorder as well as my history of Anorexia Nervosa. I can't really avoid that fact that my schools and future employers will know since I've written about these things publicly as well as done a fair amount of volunteer and advocacy work that is on my resume. But that's not the case for everyone. I'll share a little about my . . .
I'm sharing these meditation resources today for two purposes: For you all of course! Maybe you have wanted to get into meditation, or it's a New Year's Resolution, and you didn't know how or what or where. This is a pretty good guide of free resources, some apps, and some books you may love. For my classmates and me as we approach our boards studying period. We have had the importance of mindfulness during this stressful time drilled into us, but without a quick place to go to find . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
I had a talk with a friend yesterday about priorities. He said mine appear to be very clear based on my actions. In his words..."Your family, learning cool medical stuff, passing your classes, staying healthy/yoga/eating right, and your wellness committee." I'd say that's pretty accurate, but he definitely left out my friendships and social time. He also left out tons of other things I want to be my priorities, including writing well on this blog, harp, some research opportunities etc. . . .
Medical school can do a number on your psyche if you let it. Anxiety and depression are rampant among students, which is really terrible if the goal is to produce effective doctors. Even with the amazing steps that my school, SLU, has taken to improve student mental health, it isn't always easy to keep stress at bay. It's an educational system that places a lot of emphasis on one test score (USMLE Step 1) and how much you can do in addition to your school work. The match process is . . .
If you're new around here, welcome! and I have generalized anxiety disorder. What a way to start a blog post. I manage it with medication and lifestyle, but there have been periods of time where I didn't take my medication because I didn't think I needed it. That's the tricky part -- day to day I may not, but the second anything goes wrong I am a complete mess. To me, it's much better to take it consistently. A few years ago when I was off my medication and also likely weighed too . . .
My older brother called me around 9pm last Thursday evening. I was studying in my bed (I know, I know, but I always study on the side of my bed I don't sleep on, and somehow that makes it feel okay to me) and I put the phone on my chest, pressed speaker, and put forth "hello" that was disheartening enough to immediately warrant a, "What's wrong?" I told him that nothing was wrong, I was just in the middle of studying anatomy, as I had been for the last five hours. And here's the . . .
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 . . .