STEP2 Studying: week 2 + mini vacay

This past week was a strong productive week I must say! My focus and critical thinking has improved. I’ve been doing better on my UWorld question sets as I’ve been learning/reviewing more. Every once in a while I’ll still choose an answer that 0% of people chose, which humbles me real quick. But I can say for now I feel like I’m on track. I studied at home for most of the week which has actually been fantastic because it’s so quiet with no distractions and my desk is right by my window so I get natural light. Best thing … Continue reading STEP2 Studying: week 2 + mini vacay

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 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

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 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