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
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?
“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
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
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
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?
This isn’t a post about careers and families and whether it’s possible to have both. This is a post about careers and other careers and having both. A while ago a friend of mine wrote about being a “hyphenate” in the theater world: a writer and an actor. It’s a great piece and worth reading … More Can You Really Do Everything?
For the past couple of months I have had this feeling that I’m supposed to pay attention to something. It has been one of those situations where someone mentions something once and all of a sudden I am seeing articles about it everywhere, and it seems to have suddenly become a major topic. The reality … More Impostor Syndrome: Learning to Overcome Myself