Sacrifices

To pursue a life in medicine requires much sacrifice. For medicine is not merely a career, it is not simply a vocation, it is a cult. A cult which has its own language, its own norms, its own pecking order. As with any cult, to enter into the field of medicine requires tremendous sacrifice. At times…

The Final Stretch

As the third year of medical school is swiftly coming to a close, the year is hardly winding down. The list of things I need to accomplish in the coming weeks is only growing in its length and intensity. And as the tedium and misery of life in medical school is coming to a fever…

Be better.

Among the challenges of the third year of medical school, are the multiple burdens in the absence of any actual responsibility. We must manage to be sycophantic, saccharine standardized students capable of regurgitating medical data on demand for anywhere from 8 to 12 hours daily, followed by hours of studying, drilling aforesaid data into the soft tissue…

A Weekend in Medical School

I had a shelf exam Saturday morning, which afforded me the rare opportunity to take a guilt free weekend off from studying, before I had to start worrying about my next shelf. April marks a critical turning point in the year; more away rotation applications are due, and it’s time to officially get serious about studying for Step…

Match Day

Match Day; the day in mid-March when fourth year medical students find out their fate. The match is binding; there are no take-backs, no opt-outs, no second chances to change your mind. The match is an algorithm which determines who goes where; residency programs rank the applicants they interviewed, and applicants rank the programs they…

Reflections on the Third Year of Medical School

When I was in high school, about a decade or so ago, everybody talked about junior year. The dreaded junior year of high school; it was supposed to be the hardest year, or so they said. Indeed, if it was your desire to go to a great university and lead a great life and do great things,…

White Coat Privilege 

It is the perennial question asked of medical students, “what do you want to go into?” Hitherto, it has been acceptable to shrug off such inquiries with a guileless ignorance of one’s own inclinations. For third year medical students, evasive, noncommittal answers are becoming increasingly less acceptable as we approach the end of third year;…

Morning Routine (3rd Year of Medical School)

Maintaining a highly structured morning routine is essential to ensuring that my day is off to a good and productive start. My ADHD brain requires a tremendous amount of structure to keep it happy, ergo, if I am unable to follow my morning routine, my productivity for the rest of the day is completely shot. I…