How to Stay Focused On One Goal over 4+ Years

Think about the last time that you wanted something. I mean really think about it. If you want to accomplish something, you have to have the ability to carry out that goal. But sometimes it feels like it’s too much. That you’re trying to accomplish too much. And it would be better if you just …

These Extracurriculars Will Help You Get Into Medical School

Introduction As a high schooler and pre-med, I found myself trying to figure out what medical schools wanted from me. I tried different activities thinking that completing a checkbox of activities could help me succeed and stand out, until I learned a framework for designing a medical school application that got me into multiple accelerated …

MCAT CARS Is Simple. Just Follow These Tips

I often get asked how to do better on the critical reading portion of the MCAT. So today I wanted to take time out to talk about practicing better for this section, the one that most people think is the hardest section of the MCAT. The first tip for this section is to read the …

My Biggest Fears About Medical School (what I wish I knew)

I want to talk about some of the things that scared me about medical school when I first started. First, I want to say that medical school is hard but not as hard as you think it is. When you’re trying to figure out which extracurriculars to get involved in, while trying to make new …

Why Your Medical Bill is So Expensive

Everyone knows our medical system is expensive. There’s been books written on the topic. As a medical student, I’ve often felt idiotic when someone asked me about their healthcare bill in the hospital, and I’ve responded that I don’t know anything about it and I have to resort to talking to them about their treatment. …

Taming the Tiger

Imagine that you’ve just bought a baby tiger. It’s pretty tame, and it laps up anything you feed it—cocaine, alcohol, pills, meth, and any other drugs. It’s a weird tiger in that aspect. It only likes highly addictive drugs. It’s pretty cute—it makes you take a hit when you’re going out to parties, it makes …

Attending: the Surgery

I put my arms under the warm water, looking around for my resident. Over the fingers, through the webbed part, and onto the back, I thought, as I repeated the scrubbing technique I learned yesterday. I realized that my arms were shaking, and I took baby steps to make sure that I wasn’t breaking sterility …

The Grind Doesn’t Define You

Giving and Growing in a World of Negativity It’s ironic that the medical field is arguably the most humane profession, yet we put our residents and physicians-in-training through such pain and suffering. A recent article by Dr. Pamela Wible noted that residents’ hours are “capped” at 28-hour shifts and 80-hour work weeks, which are equivalent to two …