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
Yesterday was the final day of my second research rotation and I am sad it’s over. I do have to admit that I cheated a little bit this year, I am rotating in the same lab with the same PI as last summer. Typically, most programs expect you to rotate through at least 2 different … More My Second Research Rotation
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
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 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!)
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?