Closer Than Ever Before

Last year, as I stood in front of adoring parents and friends during the White Coat Ceremony, I paid no attention to my white-clad classmates surrounding me. To me at that time, that was all they were — classmates. I knew I would sit with them in class and study with them. But I didn’t…

Secrets to Preserving One’s Sanity in Med School

Wow! It’s been a LONG time since I last posted anything. My excuse? Medical school got in the way! I feel as though I need to recap everything that has happened since, but I’ll try to be somewhat concise. Two of the most important were my first two exam sets of medical school. Now, for…

Of Marathons and Water Faucets

Being in med school isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon, and those who succeed are those who can endure. This shouldn’t have been a surprise for me, but it was. I’d heard medical school compared to “drinking out of a fire hydrant.” The comparison assumes that the sheer volume of information, thrown at us all…

A Warning to the New Med Students

I was flying back to California, and my third year of medical school awaited. The sunset lingered a little longer as I watched it from the cheaper wing seat on my flight west. I didn’t know how much the speed of the plane and speed of the earth’s rotation added up to the lengthening of…