When I first started this blog, I was still bewildered about the thought of pursuing a surgical residency. Embarrassing as it may be, I would binge watch Grey’s Anatomy and dream of the day I could hold out my hand as silence falls on the operative suite and say “scalpel”. A life as a surgical … More A Day in the Life of a Surgical Resident
“Life isn’t easy. We all have our good and bad days, we’ve all been through pain, physically and mentally. We’ve all thought at times that we couldn’t make it through something.” These are the words of Vanessa Cole, founder of Freedom Forged Co, a stamped jewelry company After a divorce left her with full custody … More Feature Friday: Freedom Forged
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
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?
I have an embarrassing secret to share: I failed my initial physical fitness test (PFT). During Commissioned Officer Training (COT), all candidates are expected to pass a PFT consisting of one minute of sit-ups, one minute of push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Sounds easy enough, right? I went to COT after my first year of medical … More COT: Physical Fitness Test
1) The Skimm (Free – $2.99) The Skimm is a daily email that contains a condensed version of the latest news. It hits my inbox at around 5:30 AM and I read it religiously before walking out the door in the morning. This email covers natural disasters, politics, current events and pop culture references just like … More Top 10: Apps all Medical Students Should Download