Update (4.25.17): I have added some suggestions from Twitter. Please keep making suggestions and I will add those to the list. Thank you! This post was inspired by a conversation I had with Nick Wan recently where I was talking about the amount of work my P.I. was putting into helping me and how I felt bad … More Becoming the Mentor I Admire
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
Well, I am not usually one to toot my own horn but I think this may be relevant to others. Today I received an Honorable Mention for my Clinical Research Presentation at the Wayne State School of Medicine Medical Student Research Symposium. This may not be an award that most celebrate, but for me it … More Honorable Mention: Presentation Torment Pays Off
I know that most of us are excited about the end of 2016, although somewhat nervous about what 2017 may bring. I am not one for resolutions and listing things I am going to give up, but I am drawn to the idealistic beauty of the “new year, new you” concept, so I do want to try … More Positive Changes in 2017
I have successfully made it through the first half of my first year of med school. I have finished Gross Anatomy and Histology and am now one third of the way through Biochemistry and Medical Physiology. So, how has it been? Well, much of the class work was what I expected. It is hard and there … More Halfway Through Year 1 (of 8!)
It is no secret that the mental health of those in the health professions is alarmingly low. Many doctors struggle with mental illness, including depression, addiction, and suicidal ideation. This is no surprise; health professionals see people at their worst: they watch children die, they wait in fear of lawsuits, and they are human and … More Why Don’t We Take Better Care of Our Health Professionals?
As many people reading this know, I am in my first year of medical school and there is one thing I have heard consistently from those in the year above me: “If you think it’s hard now, just wait until next year”. I was not surprised by those comments, having heard similar ones when applying: “I’ve … More Does It Really Only Get Worse?
So, as I am in my second week on medical school proper and one week away from my first set of exams while still finishing up my paper from my research rotation ,I figured this would be a good time to remind myself why I am doing this. I’m sure many of you reading this are … More Why MD/PhD?
UPDATE (7/21/17): We finally published the paper from this work. You can read it here! Well, I have less than a week left of my first research rotation, so it’s seems appropriate to write about my experiences so far. Overall, it has been fantastic. In fact, I felt so comfortable in the lab and … More My 1st Research Rotation
Choosing my first research rotation was really difficult. After my acceptance, I was invited back to the school to meet with researchers with whom I was interested in working. The problem was that it was hard to tell who I could work with and who I would want to work with. As is the case with many … More Choosing a Research Rotation