Dual Degree or Dueling Departments: Mediating the Conflicts Between MD/PhD, MD, and PhD

I owe this blog a few updates about MD/PhD life, but right now as I have transitioned into the graduate school I wanted to address an issue that has been coming up with increasing frequency. Disclaimer: Although I am talking about my program because that’s my only experience, I know that these problems happen at other … More Dual Degree or Dueling Departments: Mediating the Conflicts Between MD/PhD, MD, and PhD

What Can We Do to Make a Difference in Policy?

This past month I attended two conferences back-to-back. The first, the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the second, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). At their core, both groups aim to do the same thing: make the right choices and decisions for patients, but my experiences in each … More What Can We Do to Make a Difference in Policy?

Lessons From Year 1

I have successfully completed my first year of medical school! Well, to be honest, I finished last week but I spent some time getting too much sleep and visiting friends in other cities. Instead of writing a giant block of text, I figured I would tell you about some of the most important lessons I learned … More Lessons From Year 1

Owning Our Mistakes

“I’m always right” is something I say frequently, if jokingly, to my partner. It usually comes up in conversations about time or scheduling. I have an obsessively detailed memory when it comes to when something happened, or what is scheduled in the future; his concept of time aligns more with Doctor Who than with most others … More Owning Our Mistakes

Medical School Transition – An Unexpected Difficulty

There are many aspects of transitioning from a full-time job to medical school that I thought would be difficult. Going from earning money for working all day to spending money in order to work all day was a big one. There is also a significant difference in time management: as someone with a full-time job, … More Medical School Transition – An Unexpected Difficulty