Just one, wrong step and it is over.

I wish I was not afraid of failing.   The idea wraps itself around me like a pair of tight jeans. But I wear them because I want to them to fit.   It is like peering over a cliff to see how far you could fall. Just one, wrong step and it is over. … Continue reading Just one, wrong step and it is over.

What can I say about 3rd year?

Since starting my third year of medical school my life has changed A LOT! The biggest change has been my study habits — I no longer spend 4+ hour studying each night. Instead, I have been able to watch tons of movies, spend time with the people I love and sleep-in on the weekends. This may … Continue reading What can I say about 3rd year?

Wow, half-way there!

Yikes, it has been some time since my last post. When medical students say they are busy, they aren't joking. This past year has been a whirlwind. Not only did winter drag on for what seemed like forever, but step one loomed over my head and my extracurricular responsibilities were ever-present. Even so, here I … Continue reading Wow, half-way there!

Challenging Encounters

Patient encounters can be challenging for numerous reasons including but not limited to: Patient Factors Communication styles Personality obstacles Many/unexplained symptoms Emotions Elements of the interaction Physician factors So, with all these potential complications how do physicians communicate effectively and build trustworthy relationships with their patients? Keep reading to find out!  *Disclaimer: This article is … Continue reading Challenging Encounters

M is for…

For those who just started school again and need a little boost, this is for you. If you're anything like me, then you definitely weren't ready for school to start. Or may be you were ready! Then, I suggest coming back to this post when you're lacking some much needed motivation. To start off the … Continue reading M is for…

MS I? Check.

Just over a year ago, I was sitting in Jack Trice Stadium ready to accept my college diploma. Little did I know I’d eventually find myself writing this blog post, after just completing my first year of medical school! It seems unreal that these past 10 months have flown by. At times, I wasn’t even … Continue reading MS I? Check.

When Emotions Come to Play

This past block I cried during a standardized patient interview. I could easily blame my reaction on the stressors of medical school, but it was much more than that. Before I even entered the room, I was already expecting a difficult patient as that was the focus of the block. We were learning how to … Continue reading When Emotions Come to Play

The Cold, Frigid Season We Call Winter

As hard as I tried, I wasn't able to leave the Midwest. Don't get me wrong I tried. I really did. I tried when I applied for college and I tried when I applied for medical school. But fate has it out for me; I was meant to stay here. I was born and raised … Continue reading The Cold, Frigid Season We Call Winter