I have a pager and a white coat with my name on it???

First year – check. Second year – check. Step 1 – check. Orientation week – check. Tomorrow, with white coat on and pager in hand, I step onto the wards. It’s both exciting and scary that these mile markers for medical school have passed already. For so many years I have been learning from behind…

My First Step

The time has finally come.  There is only one thing on the mind of a second year medical student at this stage in his or her education: USMLE Step I.  Pop your head into any of the few Starbucks coffee shops around Loma Linda sometime this week and I guarantee you’ll see a couple wide-eyed,…

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…

My Family Tree

Babienco. Though I proudly claim the US as my home, I’ve often been asked about my surname’s country of origin.  To be honest, it’s not something I had thought about that much, as Babienco is just a surname, something I’ve carried around my whole life. Even though I’ve been told my last name sounds rather…

Catching Up……

I’m starting to feel like every time I blog I look back and realize it has been much longer between posts than I always think or intend.  I guess that’s just a reality of the craziness of my life and the demands of medical school.  Of course everyone feels overwhelmed by medical school and all…