Step 1: One more point.

May is that time where everyone is furiously studying…except for the seniors…  Of note is the proximity of USMLE Step 1, arguably the single most important test in medical education.  For those unfamiliar with USMLE, Step 1 is one of three all-day written exams necessary for licensure in the US.  Step 1 covers comprehensive basic…

Why Ethics?

I’ve been asked this question by all sorts of people since I joined this program.  It’s always phrased a little differently, but the core question is the same: why ethics? Few people know you can get a Master’s degree in Bioethics at LLU.  Even fewer know that you can get it tuition-free in one year…

Beginning of the End of the Beginning

I’ll start with the best part: Friday, I presented my thesis proposal––and passed! I’ve spent the rest of the weekend being ecstatic. Typically, the response from others follows a somewhat less enthusiastic motif. “Wow, that’s great…what does it mean? Do you start med school now?” No, I’m not going to start med school anytime soon,…

Wild Zones

At one point in my life I spent a lot of time mowing the lawn. We had a decently-sized area with terrain ranging from wide, flat spaces to steep hills and washed-out depressions. The ride-on mower was the closest I got to having a four-wheeler, so the chore wasn’t all bad. Even so, during the…

Why Two Degrees?

Looking over the long road ahead of me, one might consider asking, incredulously, why somebody would want to do an MD/PhD program at all. It’s certainly a justified question, to which the short answer is that I think receiving training in both clinical medicine and research science will be especially valuable in my future career. The…