Transition from Student to Doctor

It’s hard to believe it, but I’m a 4th year medical student now! I took Step 2 CK, took a couple weeks off to relax with family, and just finished a month of ICU. It was a hard month, but I learned so much. I realized something truly magical happens between 2nd year and residency….

Wrestling With a Patient

image credit from jesuslivesinmyheart.tumblr.com “Lord, I pray that you would help me see my patients the way you see them.” This is a prayer that I prayed from time to time during my junior year. Just recently, I have been reminded of this prayer by a friend and it turned out to be tremendously helpful…

My Waiting Game

One Day. Ever since beginning medical school, “Match Day” felt like more a myth than reality, an elusive goal that never seemed to get any closer. And now finally, FINALLY, it’s only one short day away. We haven’t graduated yet, but for the first time, we are being told all our efforts are worthy of being…

My 4th Year

Fourth year. I’ve made it! Well, technically I made it last June, but I’ve been taking a hiatus from blogging to prioritize 4th year responsibilities. When I last logged in, I was enjoying my OBGYN rotation with its many deliveries, surgeries, and clinic hours. The following six months have been a whirlwind of USMLEs, emergency…

Learnings

In the past several weeks I’ve matched to USC’s internal medicine program, graduated medical school, and now am preparing for residency (i.e. filled out 100+ pages of paperwork and bought Pocket Medicine and new shoes). The things I learned about medicine, becoming a doctor, myself, and life during these last four years of medical school are…