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….

Tips for Surgery Rotation

I made it through surgery (praise God!) and am nearly halfway through my pediatrics rotation. Surgery was an exhausting 10-week ride, but it was one filled with unforgettable experiences. Here are a few things I learned: Get a reliable alarm clock. My phone, usually a trusty tool, failed TWICE at waking me up. On those…

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…

Lessons of the Clinical Year (MS-3)

Some time in freshman year, we were told that our patients are our teachers. It made a lot of sense, especially in the context of anatomy class where we studied the human body through working with cadavers. Somewhere along sophomore year, buried under review books and lecture material, I slowly forgot that valuable perspective. Now,…

I get to be a sorta-kinda-almost doctor now!

Well, it’s here, that moment we’ve all been waiting for when we are unleashed up onto the hospital wards and allowed to actually take care of patients. No, we’re not doctors yet…but we are 3rd years and with that new title comes the time to close (most of) our books, leave the lecture halls and…