Last Stretch!

It's officially the end of my vacation block and time for me to start doing real work again. I have 2 more rotations to complete before the end of my duties as a medical student! Tomorrow begins my Ambulatory Medicine clerkship, which will be made of smaller rotations through various Internal Medicine clinics such as [...]

Wrapping up EM & thoughts on interview season so far

  Here are some highlights of my past week with family and my quick trip to Austin, TX for the AAMC national conference. I was also able to get another interview under my belt this week which I really enjoyed. As much fun as I've had, the reality of the situation is that 3 weeks [...]

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 [...]