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?
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
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’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
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
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?
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