Yesterday during an Applied Clinical Skills lecture, our new Dean of Curriculum said something that hit me: "If you're waking up each day and just seeing how it goes, that's not going to work. You need to have a plan." Struggling to find a good routine at the beginning of clerkships is normal, but I have been having a hard time sticking to a set schedule for the past few years. It's all relative I suppose, since I am still getting the necessary work done, but I have been feeling a . . .
I started my neurology clerkship this week! Top from Express, Similar I have two weeks on the general neurology team then two weeks on peds neuro. Neuro is 6 days per week, so I'll always work either Saturday or Sunday. The days so far have been about 7am-5pm, except Wednesday I had evening call so I stayed later. The only thing I have to compare it to is psychiatry, and so far it's very different! In psych we rarely ever touched the patient and instead did lots of talking. The neuro . . .
The most perfect wedding weekend is winding down! My little brother married a wonderful girl and I now officially have a sister, even though it's felt that way for a while since they dated for over 7 years. I'm not going going to share many pictures of the bride and groom so they can wait for the official photos, but I have a few from other parts of the weekend. Rehearsal Dinner The weekend started out with a rehearsal and dinner at The Missouri Botanical Gardens. My harp teacher played . . .
Third year has brought so many new emotions, worries, and class dynamics. The first two years of medical school are challenging for sure, but they are (usually) pass/fail and removed from the world of real patients and decisions about the future. They are care free in the scheme of things. Third Year Changes But things change once Step One comes along. That Step One score means a whole lot in the life of a future physician (which is a whole other can of worms.) The class is suddenly . . .
Hey everyone! I'm going to try to share a Day In The Life post for each of my rotations if I have time. Just like the first two years, I didn't know what to expect when I got to clerkships, so hopefully this is helpful some of you. I'm on the Psychiatry Consult and Liaison team right now. We get called in whenever another team (on the floors or in the emergency department) think a patient needs a psych evaluation. These can be for psychosis, depression, suicide risk assessments, overdose, . . .
Hey STL friends! Some of you may remember a few years ago when I ran a 5k called CDM Mind and Body. It was such a fun day dedicated to celebrating health, and I'm excited to share it with you again. Before the race a few years ago with Becca! This year's race is at the beautiful Tower Grove Park on Saturday, May 27th 2017 at 8am. Online registration ends on Wednesday May 24th, at 5pm. This year the day's activities include the Tower Grove Farmer's Market (my FAV!), Yoga by . . .
Happy Weekend! I spent the first half of the week on the inpatient psychiatry unit and the second half of the week in D.C. at a AAMC conference. And today I have a wedding for a good friend from high school! It's been busy and tiring and all over the place, but I am already loving third year and getting to be in the hospital. I have a few posts I'm planning to write on stress/anxiety and being single (requests from you all, so please send more my way if you have them!) but for now I'm just . . .
If you are thinking about medical school, especially if you are a career changer, this post is for you. Harvard HMX About a month ago I was asked if I wanted to review Harvard's new online learning program, HMX. I looked into it and unfortunately realized I was just a few months too late! The program teaches four fundamental courses: Physiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, and Genetics. These are key parts of preclinical medical education and were a huge part of Step One of my medical . . .
Stuffing your white coat pockets with snacks is essential during third year. You never know when you'll get a break to eat! I've been trying to eat a substantial egg breakfast each morning because I know it'll be a while until my next meal, but it is not easy for me to eat a lot at 6:30am. Nuts and bars seem to be the easiest options to stash, and if you haven't tried Quest bars you are missing out! They are without a doubt the most delicious bars I've ever had, and even better is that they . . .
I was SO impressed with Minneapolis! Somehow, despite going to camp nearby for 5 years as a kid, my aunt and uncle living there, and my little brother living there since college, I haven't spent much time in the city. I was there for a wedding a few years ago (Hi Molly!) but other than that, it had been a long time since I visited. I was happy to get to come up for my little brother and his fiance's last wedding shower! White skinnies | Sweater (old) - similar Saturday Saturday was . . .