A Week of Nights on Trauma Surgery

Finishing up psychiatry and neurology rotations, I dreaded the thought of surgery rotation. I was scared of my future attending physicians, who I imagined to breathe fire and consume all who answered their questions incorrectly as was dramatized in med student folklore. And I was scared of early mornings and long days – 12, 16,…

A New Kind of Hard – 3rd Year

I’m finishing my last week of psychiatry rotation. Like whaa?! I know. I’m a 3rd year. It’s surreal. The challenges of 2nd year and Step 1 is all behind me now, and there’s no turning back. If I could sum up my 3rd year experiences so far in one word, I would say it is…

The Night Before Step 1

Less than 12 hours away from the 8 hour beast. I feel like the armor-clad protagonist facing the final villain with only one “revive” potion left. As I look back at the past two years (all the 25 miles *nod to Allison’s post*), I seriously can’t believe I’m finally here. There’s no way I’m really…

A Month of Love

As Step 1 nears and anxiety escalates, I often find myself looking at the negatives. Like, I’m never going to finish all of these UWorld questions!! Pathophys will be the death of me!! And other catastrophic thoughts that only serve to destroy my productivity and self-esteem (don’t think of such things!). But I wanted something…

Awkward.

I didn’t realize how little outside exposure I would get during the first two¬†years of medical school. I’m inside practically all day and only go home to sleep (which is still indoors!). As Step 1 nears, the atrophy of my social skills has become all the more apparent, and in many situations, I end up…