One of my Hero’s, seriously. Educated Academic by day, Capri Sun drinking Jazz Dancer by night. Also he has lived a lot of life, and his insight is vast. He’s also got a PHD?, and I mean the degree, not the thing in his pants.
Osama has done wonders, with just a simple blog, He works hard, He puts in time, He stays Genuine and Coherent, and Keeps his Goal in mind, which is vital, Also he can take a joke or 7, which is also vital. He’s also another Hero of mine and a friend. Which is weird because you should never meet your hero’s but he never ceases to live up to expectations(that may be problematic for me since he’s only human..nonetheless, go follow).
Mena is like female Party til Fajr in the making, and I like her because she’s open minded and and understands the world is not black and white, therefore, it’s law’s should not be. Valuable perspective, excellent writing.
I just really really really Love Lyla and Blu’s aestehtic, and Blaqk2’s Plus the lifestyle, has some booty(warning) but really really good advice.
Making HIV and its causal relations taboo subjects in the public forum does not solve the issue or make them go away. Acknowledgment, education, and reform to tackle the root causes can do a lot to curb the growing number of cases.
Another rotation, another pocket book. I am starting to run out of colours that I can use for my pocket books. The series only had a handful of choices to pick from and I think there may only be two or three more sets produced by Moleskine. I will have to see how the next few rotations go. I may have to reuse a colour, which is not ideal.
i just completed one year of medical school and in that year, there had been countless times that not only i, but many of my classmates, doubted our abilities or whether we belonged or even deserved to be where we were. these are thoughts that i never thought would cross my mind when pursuing such a dream, but i think the fact that such high achieving individuals that have been through so much to get to where they are (as you have described) and will continue doing so much to stay where they are, did indeed have moments of doubt and defeat, speaks to not just the academic but also the mental and emotional rigors of pursuing medicine.
i say all that, because in that rigor and in that exhaustion, it is easy to dismiss or to downplay the journey that brought us to those days filled with hope– the letter of acceptance, the white coat ceremony, the first day with our cadaver– and to almost brush aside the effort we put in to earn our place, because the challenge and the effort have become second nature. so, i know you were simply answering this person’s question honestly and openly, (to that person: medicalstate did not exaggerate a single thing) and i can tell you were not trying to make it seem like it was some great almost superhuman feat but rather expressing the truth of the matter. in doing that, you provided me and i’m sure many other medical students, with a much needed reminder and a validation of what we did to be where we are, to deserve it, and to cherish it as we move forward.
How hard was it to get into medical school? Any advice for someone who is pursuing an undergraduate in biology and thinking about going to medical school afterward?— Asked by pewpewninjastar
Medical school was very hard to get into and even harder once you are in medical school. The application itself takes a year to complete and what you dedicate to that are experiences and grades over many years. We are talking about building a well rounded application that reflects who you are.
On top of that, let us not forget the academics. The pre-requisite classes must be completed and meet the minimum standards of the institution. The average they consider may not be just for the past year but over many years, meaning you must always be at the top of your game.
The MCAT is probably the first time you will ever write an exam of that size and breadth and it is physically and mentally taxing and requires months of lead up preparation.
With all of that out of the way, there is the interview process that is in itself stressful in its own right. While there are no right or wrong answers, there are definite bad answers. When you are surrounded by other applicants in a holding room waiting for things to begin, you can really start to get nervous and anxious.
To keep this brief, my advice would be to keep your goals in mind, try to enjoy yourself, finding experiences and activities you like, and to keep on top of your grades as much as you can. Every person has a different background with their own share of experiences; it is difficult to have a metric to measure that. However, when people are required to take certain courses and metrics are already established, a faculty definitely pays attention to those numbers. For more, you can read the pages in my index.
I'm in a long distance relationship with an orthopedic surgery resident. I'm in healthcare (not medical doctor) so i know how patient care is demanding. I know time issues and sometimes distance affects residents and their relationships. Do you have any tips or know how your classmates/colleagues dealt with this? Thanks.
The folks I know who did the LDR thing well did the following:
1. they moved slowly and didn’t make huge relationship decisions without first reconnecting in person
2. they valued each others’ time. They scheduled time together and considered each other’s schedule limitations.
3. they acknowledged the not-so-ideal nature of their relationship and dealt with it’s challenges as they came
4. they communicated well. They kept in touch with letters, Skype dates, scheduled phone calls, and surprise visits. They talked about their worries and fears and their struggles with being apart, as well as the mundane day to day things that they missed doing together.
5. they functioned well independently of one another. They had separate and shared friends and hobbies. It’s hard to be clingy in a LDR. That seems to lead to jealousy and mistrust. Those who made it trusted each other when they were apart and also didn’t give the other person a reason to doubt them.
6. they started the relationship together and built a strong foundation before they were separated. I can imagine that building a brand new relationship long distance would be much harder than continuing an established one that way. It would be a lot harder to be yourself long distance than when your SO is face to face with you.
Over the past four years, I have spoken on many occasions about my partner, our relationship, and our challenges. Given that our wedding is fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to summarize our story, and properly introduce my fiancée to everyone.
May I introduce you to Tammy, my friend, my fiancée, my love. This is our story.
To the newly minted physicians, congratulations. You have earned your stripes through the groundwork laid ahead. Now you get a chance to practice the medicine that you have chosen for the rest of your career.
I can remember the excitement and fear that gripped me at this moment. It had happened twice before - once at the start of medical school; the other before third year. This time is different. The safety nets have been pulled back and for the first time in your training, you will be entrusted with more responsibility and autonomy to employ the skills you have learned. It can be a scary transition.
In addition to all the other tips I had shared before (Years One, Two, Three, Four), here are a few more:
Look after yourself. Life as a resident can be rough. You are responsible for the patients you see, the pathologies you encounter, and the junior members of your team - all while needing to maintaining your own health. Know your limits and set boundaries. Carve out time for yourself and your family or friends.
Read. Memorize. Practice. Repeat. A continuation of what is expected as a medical student, read around the cases you see and learn about them. Make the most of every patient you encounter.
Opportunities. If you know you are interested in - or more importantly -deficient in something, seek it out. Ask to see those cases, to practice those skills. Residency passes you by quickly. This will be your last chance to practice those skills before you are in practice on your own.
Literature review. As you get closer to practice, knowing the latest guidelines and standards of care is critical. Read the information online, from a journal, or through subscription. Find what works for you.
Ask for help. Every year, there are members in training who suffer from depression, burnout, or tragically, suicide. If you are struggling, talk to someone. The burden of residency can be high and it can take its toll if you are not careful. Have a family member, friend, or colleague on speed dial. Never be afraid to reach out.
Sorry for my absence as of late. I have been quite busy with housebreaking a new member to my family.
I would like everyone to meet Rusty. He is a small 3 month-old French Bulldog.
My wife and I have always thought about getting a dog. After a lot of talk about when would be a good time to start (there never seems to be a good time), we decided that we would get one now, while my wife’s work schedule is a bit more regular and before we start planning to have children.
While it is exciting to be a dog owner again, it is so challenging to balance my new role with the pressures of residency. Luckily, Rusty has been doing well with housebreaking thus far and has made great strides. He is much more comfortable at home and less anxious.
With time, I am confident he will make a nice addition to our family.