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July 16, 2017

The Need to be Selfish

A doctor is innately a selfless profession.A lot of prestige, respect, and financial security is definitely associated, but the overall theme of medicine is self-sacrifice. Doctors had to spend all their youth in school and training. Doctors work insane numbers of hours taking care of patients and take it upon themselves to train future doctors. They often work on holidays, and some volunteer to lecture at a local medical school. After all that, some even use their vacation days to go on medical missions to provide their services for free.

The irony is that because medicine is such a selfless field, it requires us to be selfish during training. Speaking fr...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 10, 2017

Accepting My Step 1 Score

I remembered walking out of that test in a daze. I wasn't sure how to feel about it. A part of me was relieved, and another part of me was terrified that I had failed--or even worse , that I had barely passed.

The week after Step 1, I was on vacation and had adequ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

July 10, 2017

Tips for Neurology Rotation

This past week, I just finished my neurology rotation and took my first shelf exam. My rotation was 4 weeks long, and it seemed like it just flew by! I picked up a few things along the way, and I'd like to share them with you.

First, let's talk about the tools of ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

July 9, 2017

Remember How Bad You Were Last Year?

I am now on my fourth and final (hopefully?) year of medical school, and I sometimes cringe at how lost and pitiful I was around this time last year. When I was starting my third year of medical school, I was excited and very nervous at the same time. Furthermore, I had j...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 5, 2017

Making the Most of Third Year

Finally, the promise of the "other side" has finally arrived. Since the beginning of medical school, students are promised if they can only make it through the first two years of lectures and multiple choice exams, they'd be rewarded with time in a clinical setting with a...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

July 4, 2017

Making a Difference as a Med Student

As a med student, you don't normally think of yourself as making a significant difference in patient care. You aren't an expert at anything, and most of the time when you report back to your attending, they already know exactly the findings that you were supposed to take ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

July 1, 2017

Advice From Someone Who Just Took Step 1

Today marks 2 weeks to the day I walked out of the longest test I've ever taken. The sun was shining, the sky was clear and blue, and for the first time in over a year, I could go home with zero expectations to study anything at all. It's hard to imagine how 2 years of sc...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

June 28, 2017

Studying for Step 2 at Home

In a few days I'll be going back home to California to take a month studying for Step 2 and then I will do a month of rotations there. I'm not excited about the secluded lonely mole I am going to be for the next month studying, but I am looking forward to being with my fa...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

June 27, 2017

Dealing With Unhelpful 'Constructive' Feedback

Recently, I was hanging out with a bunch of fellow fourth-year students. We had just attended a session where we talked with incoming third years and answered their questions about rotations. As we began reflecting on our year, we started sharing stories of ridiculous "fe...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

June 25, 2017

Why I Chose Medicine

The last article I wrote included a little background on myself and how that background factored into me eventually picking medicine as my career. But when it came to the final moment of truth, how did I know for sure? And, how did I know which school to pick? 

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Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

 
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