Birthday shenanigans! 25 years young

This past Thursday I was blessed to see my 25th birthday. I'm actually posting Tuesday instead of Sunday because of my much needed recovery from the weekend. The actual day was pretty low key. Honestly, I never feel much difference on my birthdays in terms of my attitude or behavior. It felt like a regular [...]

My take on STEP2, visiting family, and starting a new rotation

Hello from the other side! The biggest hurdle of my 4th year of medical school is complete! I took USMLE STEP 2 CK (clinical knowledge) this past Wednesday in Atlanta--at the same place I took STEP 1 for added nostalgia. I had a 3.5 week study period and pretty much burned out in 3 weeks. [...]

How I used my voice to make a difference at my school

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 [...]

Update: Life on internal medicine

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 [...]

Trauma Surgery: Expectations vs. Reality

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. I even figured doing it at my institution would be the best place because we're [...]

How to incorporate STEP1 studying into the spring semester

For second year medical students, there's a looming dark cloud that is seemingly getting closer and closer with each passing month--STEP1. Everyone's been talking about it since you got in and everyone ahead of you, even physicians, tells you that it was the darkest period of their medical school career (which I agree). So now [...]