Third year of med school is complete! Continue reading Three down, one to go!
It finally hit me that third year was ending earlier this week when I was writing a patient note and my name read Ijeoma Okoye, SMS (senior medical student) instead of JMS as it had all year. To be honest … Continue reading Third year is almost over!
I believe that as much as we are taught about path/pharm/micro and disease processes and how to work up different patient complaints, our medical education should also include discussions about unconscious bias and how it plays a role in our medical decision making. We all have biases that cause us to automatically think a certain way about a patient the second we walk through the door, and if we don’t recognize them, they can limit or alter the options we offer to our patients. We may also slip and say the wrong things to our patients (microagressions). Our biases can … Continue reading How I used my voice to make a difference at my school
Finally internal medicine has come to an end Continue reading Internal Medicine, a different beast
I’m kind of cheating this week because I just don’t have time to form thoughts about anything outside of internal medicine. I’m 2 weeks away from my shelf exam and digging deep to give everything I have to keep working hard and studying while pulling 12 hour shifts every 3 days. Working through weekends for 8 weeks is taking a toll on me and it’s getting harder to be all-in for my patients when this exam is looming over me. So with that being said, I’m featuring some parts of a Doximity feature I wrote a while back that will … Continue reading Feature article on Doximity
My internal medicine rotation is off to a pretty good start! I’m 2 weeks in now. I’m working at our VA hospital taking care of patients with complicated past medical histories. All of the patients that our team has taken on since I’ve been here are older men–many with poor lifestyle choices that have led them to where they are now. I’m slowly learning some of the many algorithms for treating COPD, heart failure, and kidney injuries. Since I’ve started, I have definitely grown more confident in my management plans for my patients, and become more comfortable being wrong. No … Continue reading Update: Life on internal medicine
When I signed up for 2 weeks of Trauma surgery in my third year, I just knew it was going to be action packed. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and be pushed to work under pressure. … Continue reading Trauma Surgery: Expectations vs. Reality
In third year, you lose control of your schedule and are left at the mercy of your attending and residents. With the early mornings and early evenings, by the time I get home, I only have a few hours to … Continue reading How to be the most efficient with your study time
I’ve just wrapped up the first four weeks of my 8 week surgery rotation. I spent this first half doing general surgery in Albany, GA which is a rural city in south Georgia. My preceptor ended up taking a week … Continue reading Surgery–A pleasant surprise!
We’re 3 weeks in to 2018 and I already feel like my life is propelling way too fast. During first and second year it was just one day at a time, one block at a time. Last semester for the … Continue reading Life in the fast lane