You guyyyyssss it’s 2pm on Friday afternoon and I’m sitting on my front porch in a tank top looking at blue skies, listening to spotify, drinking a LaCroix and just loving life.
We had a test this morning, and afterward Alli and I decided to our morning class and take a mental health break. We got Starbucks and took her puppy to the park for a walk in beautiful 70 degree weather. It was such a wonderful idea, as we’re both getting a little restless from a crazy busy February, lots of tests, and being cooped up inside during the winter.
This weekend already feels so restful. I have a lot to do (3 tests next week + taxes!!) but I finally don’t have any big events or plans that take up time so I can really just relax and spend my two days however I like. Bliss.
I wanted to update you guys on all the stuff that’s been going on outside of school for me! Sometimes it feels like I go to med school for all the extracurriculars and school just gets in the way — the beauty of pass/fail! There are truly more awesome things to get involved with than I could possibly have time for, but I am thrilled with that I’ve chosen.
First up: My baby, the Wellness Learning Community!
Things are going so well this semester for this wellness group I helped create. In December we got a distinction approved, which means that our class will be the first to be able to graduate with a Distinction in Wellness Education and Outreach. We created the criteria, rubric, and application and so some of my classmates that dedicate a large portion of their four years to wellness focused activities will be recognized for it.
In addition, we created a brand new website with an active calendar, tons of resources and more. Right now it’s only available to SLU SOM students, but we are working on making it public so prospective students can see what we’re up to. Our team leads are hard at work planning some awesome lunch speakers, a new nutrition elective, some fitness focused events and lots of ways to give back. I’ll be participating in a health coaching project with Grace Hill Health Center in North St. Louis to assist their underserved clientele. Each Friday we will be giving presentations, goal setting, and creating strategies to fit their unique circumstances. Given my health coaching background, I can’t wait! This is such a great way to give back while improving our patient interaction skills.
We’ve still got a Mental Health First Aid training to get planned for the spring, as well as a side project I want to work on this summer with Cardinal Gannon. Busy busy!
Physician Suicide Documentary
I’ve mentioned before that SLU is leading the way in medical student wellness, and the state of Missouri is also taking the lead here with a new bill proposed called the “Show-Me Compassionate Medical Education Act.” Physician and medical student depression and suicide are a serious issue.
Dr Pamela Wible, famous for her Ted Talks and quirky personality, is currently making a documentary exposing the realities of the medical profession and why it leads to suicide. She came to film Dr. Slavin at SLU, and also interviewed some students. I had lunch with her and she is just so passionate about the topic. I’m excited to learn from her more and see the documentary when it comes out!
Random (short) white coat picture, all embroidered and official
Business in Medicine
As the Class of 2019 OSR rep, part of my job is to help out the area that OSR has chosen to focus on. Right now we are focusing on adding more business education to medical school, and so I am part of the Business in Medicine interest group! It works out perfectly since I have a business degree and an interest int he area anyway.
The Business in Medicine interest group recently started their very own elective, which includes bi-weekly sessions on the different business aspects of a medical career — insurance, practice models, entrepreneurship and more. We have an MD/MBA Emergency Medicine physician leading it and it is really neat. I’m technically not part of the elective since I have my own wellness elective, but I’m going to sit in on a bunch of the sessions just to learn!
Phase 2 & Summer
It’s hard to believe it, but March is the official start of phase two of my curriculum! Originally phase two would have coincided with the actual start of our second year (so this coming August) but since our curriculum got shifted to allow for more elective time later on, we start sooner. That means we are starting organ systems (Heme – Neuro – Psych – Cardio – Respiratory – Renal – GI – Endocrine – MusculoSkeletal) and this time next year I’ll be gearing up to take step one of my licensing boards! It’s going to go by so quickly!
This summer is our last summer break — after that we will have school/rotations through the summer — so I’m deciding how I want to spend it. I have that project at Cardinal Glennon I want to work on, I am going to apply to a 4 week Family Medicine Externship, and I really hope to do yoga teacher training (!!). All with some visits to friends and a bit of relaxation since it’s my last big long break…ever:)
Had to share my class’s amazing band, Radio Logic, performing at Med School Follies on Thursday.
Med school is seriously just so amazing. It’s hard and exhausting, but the opportunities are incredible and I could not love it anymore — except maybe if it were free:)