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 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
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
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
Hello all! I know there haven’t been many new posts on MilitaryDoc.com but trust me it was for a good reason. Having gone through Commissioned Officer Training and being a U.S. Air Force officer I am very aware that what I do is a direct representation on the U.S. Air Force. While this is a … More Blog Update – April 2018
One Common Problem.
America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2015 there were more than 33,000 overdose deaths. This number rose to more than 64,000 deaths in 2016 and these numbers show no signs of slowing down. To put these numbers in perspective, more than double the number of people died by drug overdose last year than the number of people killed by gun violence.
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“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor.” It’s a common sentiment heard among medical students. Many of my classmates had grown up in families of doctors, and it was just expected that medical school was the next step. Unlike many of my classmates, I don’t have anyone in the medical field in my … More Imposter Syndrome
January of your second year is the ideal time to buckle down and start preparing for the boards. My biggest piece of advice I can offer is to not overwhelm yourself with too many resources. Pick a couple that work for you and stick with them. Because 10 books or study resources would be way too … More Top 10: Resources to use for Studying for USMLE Step 1