The OR can be a scary place to be if you aren’t familiar with the rules and regulations. I was fortunate to have been allowed to shadow in the OR since I was in high school so I had a basic knowledge of what to expect when it came to my clinical rotations and starting … More OR Etiquette – Appearance
One of the things that intimidated me the most about moving on to residency was the thought of taking “call.” Am I really expected to be awake and functional for 24+ hours in a row? How often will I have to be on call? Are there different types of call? Will I be able to … More Surviving Intern Year: Taking Call
I have wanted a dog for as long as I can remember. I grew up with dogs (Tessa a Gorden Setter and Shadow a Newfoundland/Black Lab Mix) when I lived in South Africa, however we had to give our dogs away when we emigrated when I was 6 years old. From the moment we landed … More Owning a Dog in Residency
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
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
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
Now that we have rung in the new year, the countdown to graduation is on! In less than 6 months I will officially be able to add the title of “doctor” before my name. With my growing excitement also comes a pang of anxiety. With more freedom means more responsibility. This month I have been … More The (Real) Doctor Will See You Now
When I was young, I enjoyed reading but I never described myself as an “avid reader”. In high school, I skated by my AP Literature and Language classes by using Spark Notes for the books that my naive self thought would be boring. In college I was too busy or too broke to purchase books … More TOP 10: Books Every Medical Student Should Read