Update: Research & Step 1 Studying

It’s been a while! This past year has flown by. As I hear many say regarding medicine: the days are long, but the years are short. While that’s often in reference to residency, I have found it to be true for medical school as well.

A lot has been happening recently and so I thought I would post an update. I’m hoping to publish blogs more frequently (than once a year ūüėČ ). However, I’m¬†currently focused on Boards and research, so blogging is down the list quite a bit in terms of importance. It will mainly serve as a place of reflection and an alternate outlet (writing) in the midst of Step 1 prep. If you’d like to be notified whenever I post a new blog, you can click the “Follow” link to the right of the page!

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Year 3 Recap, part 1

Hello everyone! It’s been quite a while since I posted (almost a year!). My schedule has been quite busy with classes and research, so I decided to take some time off of blogging. ¬†If you’d like to follow along on my journey, click on the¬†“Follow” tab to the right to subscribe via email and get updates every time I post!¬†These next 2 blog posts are going to recap my 3rd year of the 6 year BA/MD program.¬†

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Shadowing a Neurosurgeon

HSF ended, I had 2.5 weeks off, and as of August 3 I have been back in school! This semester I’m taking 24 credit hours, not including clinic one morning per week. My main classes are Neuroscience and Pathology I; I’ll give an update later in the semester on my current classes. Suffice it to say, I am loving this semester so far.¬†ūüėČ ALSO — White Coat Ceremony was this past weekend! After 2 years of practically year-round classes, I am¬†officially part of the medical school — even though I’ve been taking medical classes interspersed since Year 1 and solely since January.

On my 2.5 week break I had the opportunity¬†to shadow a neurosurgeon for 4 days. This was a great experience; I got to see some very intricate surgeries, was questioned over the relevant anatomy, and was reminded of my ultimate goal and why I must push through the long hours of studying — even when I would like to call it a day. I was interested in neurosurgery when I entered the 6 year program, and this interest was confirmed at the beginning of Year 2 when I shadowed a neurosurgeon for the first time. The neuroanatomy is so intriguing, and I enjoy the surgical aspect in that you have a defined problem, work to fix it, and soon after have a result (whether good or bad).

Handbook of Neurosurgery + various Neuroanatomy textbooks

Handbook of Neurosurgery + various Neuroanatomy textbooks

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HSF has — finally — concluded

HSF is¬†finally over. After 6 months and 9 days = 4560 hours = 273,600 minutes = 16,416,000 seconds, I have come to the end of Human Structure Function. In retrospect, the time in HSF passed by quickly — yet at the same time, it seems like I’ve been in that course forever. I learned so very, very much in that course — evidenced by the countless piles of notes and power points that I went through in the 5 days leading up to the final.

Let me tell you, preparing for a cumulative final covering over 6 months of material was quite a task. We had 5 dedicated study days, which still did not seem like enough time.¬†It did make me realize how much I have built up my study endurance; studying more than 12 hours a day for several days straight is not something that I could have done 2 years ago. One thing’s for certain: I certainly¬†helped keep Starbucks in business that week.¬†ūüėú

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That awkward moment when you realize your brain is still in scholars bowl mode

I was in scholars bowl from 7th through 12th grade. It was one of the highlights of my year, and I was always sorry to see a season end. I have a wide range of memories from scholars bowl: memories that vary from happy and elated, to frustrating, and to downright irksome. Even though scholars bowl ended 2.5 years ago, it made a reoccurrence in my embryology class the other day. Continue reading

Do Dreams Matter?

Dreams and Accomplishments

I think that most people have, at some point, heard of the supposed importance of dreams and goal setting. We have learned that if we outline what we want to accomplish, then we are more likely to achieve those goals. Want to run a marathon? Write it down. Inspired to¬†start your own business? Put some steps on a sticky note then put it on your wall. Here’s an article from MindTools¬†detailing how to break down your goals into increments over a 10 year period — this would practically guarantee success, right?

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First Day of HSF!

This past Monday, January 5, I began the course of HSF. This is a 7 month long class which covers the basic sciences — anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, histology, and physiology. We also had MD only students join us at this point in time, so I really feel like I am in medical school now (though I won’t go through the White Coat Ceremony until August). Needless to say, I am excited about it!

First day of HSF!

First day of HSF!

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