Step 1. If you are in medical school or know anyone in medical school then you have definitely heard of it. This is the major exam that is taken (typically) between year 2 and year 3. The score technically ranges from 1 to 300, but most people score between 140 and 260. The passing score … More Step 1: An Exam to Forget
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?
The current Twitter storm about grad school applications made me consider my own applications. My thoughts span more than a 280 character length, so I decided to write a blog post that I have toyed with writing for a while but was never certain about how it would impact me professionally. The first time I … More My MD/PhD Application (& Reapplication)
As I start my second year of the program, I figure it is time to write this very belated post on how I chose where to apply. Before you apply for MD/PhD programs, make sure that you are certain that is what you want. You can read why I chose the MD/PhD route here. Also, … More Choosing Where to Apply for MD/PhD
Before I started medical school I was adamant that I hated politics and did not want to be involved in politics or policy in anyway. To be clear, I understood the importance of policy, so I begrudgingly made sure I was up to date on national and international politics and the policy changes that could … More The AMA: My Foray into Policy
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
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
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?