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 😉 ). 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!


I recently attended the Society for Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting and presented research on oncolytic viruses and Ezh2. This was my first major conference attended, and it was a wonderful experience!


First ever poster presentation!

It was very interesting to listen to the presentations on all the cutting-edge research being performed. Many presenters were specifically focusing on glioma. There are so many different avenues being taken to discover more about brain tumors and potential treatments!

Since I’ve been back in town from that conference, I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time in the lab. I modified a protocol for side population assay and performed it for the first time last week, and it went quite well! I’ve been in a laboratory for the past 8 months and am continually learning new techniques.


My view on research days

I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be involved in the specific research projects on which I’m working. It’s quite exciting to be involved in basic science projects which will (hopefully) one day be translated to clinical use!

Step 1 Studying

I’m planning on taking Step 1 in February of 2017. I’ve been studying for the past couple months, but am really making it my priority now!


It’s now T – 86 days!

I have a Step 1 countdown on my phone, on which I placed a background picture of the brain to help keep me cognizant of my goals. I won’t detail all of my study plans right now, but may write a post after I take Step 1 on how I prepared for it.


Step 1 Application: ✓

In order to register for Step 1, you have to submit items both online and through the mail. Now that I have everything submitted, it’s getting real that I’ll be taking it soon! While it’s a stressful thought (one test that plays a huge influence on your career), I’m spending time preparing and know that it will bring me one step closer (no pun intended) to completing medical school and moving on to residency.


What’s getting me through Step 1 studying 😉

Are you preparing for any upcoming examinations? {ACT/SAT, MCAT, Step 1, 2, 3} How is your preparation going?


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