Ask Away: Pre-Med/Med School Q&A - October Edition

Ask Away: Pre-Med/Med School Q&A - October Edition

Throughout high school, I was an average student. I got mostly B’s to be honest. I never really tried to aim for higher grades like others did because I think I lacked determination. However, I always knew I wanted to go into the medical field. I just finished my first year of college and this year has made me think about aiming higher than a nurse. I am a smart person when I apply myself and I know I could make it if I try hard enough. Do you think I still have a chance getting into a med school? 

Advice for New Interns

Advice for New Interns

My first patient experience in residency was diagnosing and breaking bad news that the patient had metastatic pancreatic cancer, a terminal diagnosis. The gravity helped me immediately realize the seriousness of my words and actions - I was the doctor, and this was my job - I was no longer shielded from difficult discussions by a ‘student’ label. Remember to be careful and considerate with your words and actions, just like you would with any prior job you’ve had. Good ‘customer service’ will carry you far.

How This Olympic-Hopeful Attacks Med School and Fencing

How This Olympic-Hopeful Attacks Med School and Fencing

Two weeks before medical school started, Kamali Thompson tore a ligament in her thumb. While that alone would have been an obstacle the average student, it was multiplied by the fact that Thompson had just started training to make the next Olympic fencing team for Team USA.

How to Stay Physically Active in Medical School

How to Stay Physically Active in Medical School

During my first and second year,  I was on a strict schedule. I had three hours after lectures to be efficient with the first part of my studying before I left for fencing practice. Knowing I had to do something later in the day helped me to stay focused and reel myself back in if I was daydreaming or Facebook stalking. I immediately noticed the benefits of exercise especially around exam time when I needed to reduce the most stress and increase my cognitive skills.

 

Be Your Own Boss: Doctors With an MBA, it's a New Trend

Be Your Own Boss: Doctors With an MBA, it's a New Trend

Thus far, I gained tons of medical knowledge, but it was clear when it came to business comprehension we were left to our own defenses. How do insurance and billing work? Why is everyone always complaining about Medicaid? I was eager to learn about the inner workings of the healthcare industry.

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

During the first day of my psych rotation, my attending told me to interview a bipolar female who had just been admitted. When I introduced myself to her, she said she was 24 and a PhD student. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was shocked. This was so close to home. We were similar ages and at similar stages in our education, but she had just been committed to a psychiatric hospital for paranoia and auditory hallucinations. 

"...I think we should go on a break" (Part II)

"...I think we should go on a break" (Part II)

The truth is going into medicine is a serious commitment. Four years of medical school plus 3-5 years of residency and an additional 1-2 years if you’re considering a fellowship. As soon as you begin school, it’s practically like an engagement and the first thing my mom taught me about marriage is never get married if you’re not ready.