Guest post by @healthpaulicy - medical student in beautiful Southern California 🏖 - On Not Giving Up
My path to medical school had a lot of hurdles, I took the MCAT 3 times and applied 3 times. After not getting in the first time, I knew I had to improve my application so I took the MCAT again, added clinical hours as a scribe and started a masters program in Healthcare Administration. When applying the 2nd time, I felt I improved my application a lot and so getting a medical school acceptance was just a matter of time. Unfortunately, I did not get in again. At this point, I had to decide whether this was a hurdle where I just needed to persevere through or a road block where I had to realize that medicine may not be the path for me.
After reflecting, I felt that I could give applying one more shot. I did not want to look back on my life and say, “What if I just applied that one more time, would things have been different?” My mindset was that I just give my best effort with my talents and opportunities and let the results take care of themselves; If I got in, that would be amazing and if I didn’t, I knew I gave it my best shot and I would have no regrets. This period of my life was about for 4-5 years, but now I’m a 2nd year medical school student! So don’t give up if you don’t get in your first time!
Life is full of ups and downs. Some days you feel on top of the moon, and other days you’re really down. It’s important not to give up on things you love because, let’s be honest, no one is too good for self-care. I finally started working out again and my mood/headaches have improved so much.
❤️❤️❤️ Absolutely loving my first set of scrubs by @ellemedicalapparel If you’re like me and hate wearing pants 👖 you’ll love these! Feels like I’m walking in a cloud - they’re so comfy. Not to mention fashionable!
Didn’t post for a while since I was studying/stressed about my OSCE! I was worried about not passing it, since last year I didn’t pass the physical exam. I got a 93% last year and needed a 95% to pass! I remediated the exam, but felt worried about it coming this year. Very happy to say I passed this time around.
Trying to run away from my responsibilities like:
I get a lot of questions on how I’m studying for STEP and what resources I’m using. I actually haven’t started studying for that, and probably won’t until dedicated. So far, I’m only using Sketchy and the lecture material and I still feel like I don’t have time to master everything. Some of my classmates take notes in First Aid, but it stresses me out so I only take it out as a photo prop😆
I want to do primary care. Procedures don’t interest me, so getting a stellar score on STEP isn’t that necessary for me. Just trying to do well enough and submit my artwork to Burning Man.
Ever find yourself in a funk you can’t seem to get out of
My car got stolen TWICE in the last two days. Yes, twice! The first time my dad noticed it was missing, the police found it abandoned and had it towed. The right side was dented and handles were falling off.
And then five hours after it was brought home, IT WAS STOLEN AGAIN.
Stay safe out there people! There are some seriously messed up people in this world.
Woke up to the sweetest gift and newest accessory - a stethoscope necklace in the shape of a heart ❤️ @medcoolstore store has the cutest healthcare jewelry!! Get 15% off with the code NROSEIF
Tag a friend who would like this ❤️
Guest post on Being Married in Medical School 👰 💍: @essenceofmed Heba is a second year medical student in Michigan! She and her husband made the move from Florida for her to pursue her dream 👩🏼⚕️👩🏼⚕️👩🏼⚕️👩🏼⚕️ As told by Heba “I always get asked about how I “juggle” marriage and medical school. In reality, those two parts of my life complement each other so well. As a medical student, I always need some kind of stability to keep me sane during tough times. Being in a marriage needs constant growth and challenges to keep things from feeling stagnant.
Bringing my husband on this journey with me has improved both our individual lives as well as our marriage. For me, it has allowed me to pursue the career of my dreams, which has also motivated my husband in his own goals. The constant challenges of school strengthen our relationship because it fosters communication, trust, and patience with one another. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
So exciting to see students interviewing for med school ❤️❤️
I knew that my med school was the one for me because I received this interview invite after I was locked in a closet for six hours!!! I was living by myself for the summer, when the door closed behind me and locked itself. And the lights in my walk in closet went out! I was stuck for six hours in the dark and my hands were bleeding from trying to break out. My phone was outside charging, and I was freaking out. After six hours my upstairs neighbor came home and I screamed for probably 5 minutes for him to call the cops! The cops came and broke down my door and closet.
I was in a lot of pain from trying to break it down myself; also freaked out because I almost died. But I got an interview invite the next morning from my school, so I think it was God’s plan for me to go here 😂
Pharm is driving me crazy 🙃 The struggle to use Sketchy or to stick to my old technique of writing out charts over and over again
Finding comfort in the fact that the one thing I do know is Beta 2 agonists, such as albuterol, help asthmatics like me breathe 🎉
Made by @worktomd
Checklist to success:
Checklists aren’t just important in your day to day life. Using checklists has improved safety outcomes in the medical field and has improved the quality of patient care.
I used to use an agenda to keep track of my study progress, but now I use google spreadsheets so that I can share the progress with my close friend. Sometimes seeing my progress longitudinally helps me see whether I’m falling too far behind and figure out how to catch up
Why I’m glad I was a patient before going into medicine
When I was in middle school, I was kept in an isolated room because my immune system crashed. A doctor had given me too high of a course of steroids to control my asthma. I began reacting to everything - perfume, cologne, dust, pollen...everything
Eventually the steroids wore off, but I dealt with classmates who were cruel and would put stuff I was allergic to in my locker and desk. To the general public, pain, suffering and illness are hard to understand unless you personally go through it.
Being in the healthcare system as a patient has taught me so much about medicine. I know what a good doctor sounds like and one who is just there for the paycheck sounds like. I’ve seen doctors who didn’t believe me because they couldn’t diagnose me or because a medication/treatment they prescribed only exacerbated my condition.
Being a patient has taught me the important of saying “sorry.” Of admitting fault. In medicine, most physicians think that saying sorry is beneath them... but medicine is about practicing your empathy to one another. It is about humanity.
So learn how to say sorry. Don’t assume your patient is “lying” or “exaggerating” because you can’t explain their symptoms. I had a doctor who insisted I undergo a certain test despite a warning sign saying that patients with my symptoms shouldn’t. My body immediately went into shock and I was hospitalized.
Nobody (well most people) don’t want to come to a hospital and spend hours being poked and prodded. Practice the golden rule, understand your limitations, and be nice.
Woke up this morning to find that my car was broken into for the SECOND time this month. And once again the perpetrator left all the lights in my car on, leaving my car battery vulnerable to death. Safe to say I’m feeling overwhelmed
All these pens but you still can’t write me back💓🖌✒️
📚My favorite part about going back to school was definitely going back to school shopping! Stopped doing it in college, but I still love looking at colorful pens organized by the 🌈