When I first moved down south to start my PGY1 year (post graduate year), I had matched into a preliminary internship meaning I had a 1 year contract. Where the base is situated, a lot of the apartments and housing developments are across a waterway meaning that it was a 20+ minute commute over several … More Moving on Base (For Dummies)
I grew up under the notion that all bacteria is bad bacteria. Working in healthcare I am constantly washing my hands and sanitizing my phone, stethoscope and pens to kill off any lurking bacteria. When patients are sick we prescribe antibiotics to fend off bacterial infections. Everywhere we look are antibacterial wipes and sprays. All this focus on … More Probiotics & Skincare
I still cringe thinking about the first time I went on base. I commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Summer of 2014 before starting medical school and excitedly went to visit an Air National Guard Base to check out the uniforms and explore. I gave the military police a long story about how I just … More Visiting a Military Base (for Dummies)
There’s no doubt about it, medical school is stressful. There’s constant deadlines, pressure to succeed, an endless amount of information being thrown at you in a finite amount of time. All of this stress culminates on match day, the day medical students find out if and where they will complete their post graduate training. For … More I Matched as a Prelim… Now What?
Being in the military, moving is a frequent occurrence and I’ve often found myself in a new city not knowing anyone and not knowing where to go. I decided to create these AFB Travel Guides as a quick reference to find the places that were recommended to me, the stops I wish I had known about, and the insider tips that no one tells you! … More WPAFB Top 5: Food Stops
Last week I completed my third and final COMLEX exam, cue the celebrations! Now that I have gotten into the swing of intern year and I have board studying off of my to-do list I am back to writing for the blog. Since my level 3 experience is fresh in my mind and there have been many changes to the exam in the last year I decided to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it came to Level 3! Read on to find out about the test format, which study resources I thought were most beneficial, and my tips to doing well. … More COMLEX Level 3 Overview
Looking back on my career, it’s hard to believe that it was 5 years ago when I first started the process to apply to medical school and to the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) . I received my interview invites in August prior to my senior year and I wasn’t accepted to HPSP until February … More Questions to ask Medical Schools Regarding HPSP
When I was in high school there was nothing I wanted more than to have a “TanToo”, a tanline formed by a sticker placed on the skin prior to tanning to leave an outline in a certain shape. Prior to homecoming and prom all the girls in my class would trek to the tanning salon … More Coola Sunless Tan Collection Product Review
Budget: Alright full disclosure this is really something I struggle with. Every month I do my best to set a reasonable “additional expenses budget” but one textbook or mandatory background check later and my whole budget is blown. For the last couple of years I have gone between using Dave Ramsey’s “Cash Envelope” budgeting system … More Money Matters: $ Saving Tips
What is HPSP? The Health Professions Scholarships Program is a program for those seeking advance degrees in medicine who wish to serve in the U.S. Military. For more information about the scholarship and who is eligible check out some of my previous posts here. What is Covered? Full tuition (up to 4 years, depending on … More Money Matters: Is HPSP worth it?