“All things pass. . . .Just like a kidney stone.” .
There was a time as a med student when it seemed easier to turn back than to keep pressing forward. During my first orthopedic sub internship rotation, I was assigned to cases where I was basically a human retractor for 6-7 hours at a time. I got sick during that first week. Fevers, chills, sore throat 🤒 . . and was also introduced to q3 (every 3 days) overnight ortho trauma call for the first time in my life. Pretty miserable, I called multiple family members and my closest friends and divulged that perhaps I had made the wrong choice in specialty. I got some good advice: just finish this rotation and then reevaluate. Press forward. .
Sore throat, fevers, chills went away. I got assigned to another ortho service where I became the first assist in cases (wow, I was actually doing something as a medical student?! Ortho is awesome!). I met a career and life altering mentor the very next week. That sub I flew by and became one of the highlights of my med school journey.
So yeah, I didn’t always jump into Mondays like this with a big smile on my face, eager to see patients. If you dreaded today and work was the last place you wanted to be, I feel you. My advice: Show up. Do your best to finish the job in front of you. Reevaluate. This too shall pass.
🔥 🔥 🔥 In the spirit of this post, has anybody else heard Joe Rogan @joerogan and Elon Musk’s recent podcast where they talk about how IG makes everyone unhappy because it’s an unrealistic portrayal of life?? They hammer the point that “comparison is the thief of joy” and IG perpetuates unhealthy comparison. Been reflecting on this more recently and hoping I can be more thoughtful in not feeding the beast. Just a reminder to y’all and even myself that IG is NOT real life. The journey to the top is rarely smooth sailing and glitzy as it appears here on IG. I’m curious to hear your thoughts below. 👇👇👇
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Lookin' like I caught a lick. Run up on me, you get hit. And all my b*tches with the sh*ts. Bronx, New York, gangsta b*tch. — "Lick"— #cardib
Stay on top of your progress so you can finish strong for test day!
Break down and compartmentalize your prep including review and practice. Don’t let one subject hold you back from continued progress in the others, but also keep balanced focus, not letting a more difficult subject be neglected. Have the courage and patience to spend the necessary time to break through!
A study schedule is your best friend, that shows you the way, not a task master to be feared! Check in and make adjustments as needed. An unrealistic plan that’s ignored and makes you feel guilty is no plan at all!
Plan the details of how you will study. Just putting in hours without goals and deliverables will exhaust you and waste your time.
• handcrafted notes / summaries
• hand drawn diagrams
• taking and *reviewing* practice Qs
• written explanations for answers
• explanations from memory
• rotating flashcard review
• have conversations about material
Enjoy 😉 Science and medicine await, so dive in! Be challenged, be changed, be amazing!! 🧠✨
The most important days to stay focused are when you have a good reason to slack off. When you just finished a 10-hour shift, you don’t feel well, you’re sleep deprived, whatever. I find that it’s really easy to justify skipping your goals those days. Drag your ass to the gym, force yourself to sit down and crack open your textbooks, clean your house, whatever your responsibility was that day...DO. NOT. SKIP. When you can stay dedicated on your worst days you know you’re winning.
the hardest thing for me to do is writing an essay. I can do ANY assignment or even study for tests but sitting down and writing a paper is the worst😩This was for my biomedical ethics class and we have a paper due each week plus a 10 page term paper due at the end😭😭
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Made it through my first round of “mid-terms”, and took a much needed family day! We went out in the ocean with @indigo_dive to #snorkel on the reef, saw a ton of fish, eels, squid, urchins, and huge brain coral, then we climbed a treacherous staircase up the side of a “volcanic plug” to a beautiful lookout. It truly was an incredible experience and I feel refreshed and ready to take on the next few weeks until finals!
legit how I felt walking out of my first anatomy practical and finishing up MSK this past week!!😁 I’m just praying that I passed🙏🏻 but currently enjoying this small break in between blocks💆🏻♀️
👉🏻next up: two weeks of endo🧠
what are you currently studying?📚
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow. Bone marrow produces blood cells. Leukemia can happen when there is a problem with the production of blood cells. It usually affects the leukocytes, or white blood cells. Leukemia happens when the DNA of immature blood cells, mainly white cells, becomes damaged in some way. This causes the blood cells to grow and divide continuously, so that there are too many. Healthy blood cells die after a while and are replaced by new cells, which are produced in the bone marrow. The abnormal blood cells do not die when they should. They accumulate, occupying more space. As more cancer cells are produced, they stop the healthy white blood cells from growing and functioning normally, by crowding out space in the blood.
3 3768 hours ago
Reasons why Mentorship is important to me:
1. It got me to this point.
2. You may not realize it, but knowing that someone is invested in your success pushes you to go harder and strive for more!
3. Mentorship is conducive to confidence and success
4. Provides accountability
5. It would be selfish of me to not share what I have learned
So even though medical school is a FULL time job, I always make time for mentorship. Please do not hesitate to email or direct message me for advice, guidance, or to share your story. Let’s reach these doctor goals together✨
Title: Mo teaching Anatomy Lab… “So...this is a skull! Can anyone tell me what’s inside?” haha 🤣
I spent the last 4 weeks completing a rotation as a Teaching Assistant for Anatomy Lab at my school. It was a great opportunity to work with first year medical students and PA students who are learning gross anatomy for the first time. It has reminded me how far I’ve come in my own journey and made me appreciate the education I’ve received. I genuinely enjoyed teaching and now I think I want to incorporate that into my future career plans!
Do you think I’d make a good professor? Comment ⬇️
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Disclaimer 1: I don’t really use my white coat as a blanket, but I may cuddle with my laryngoscope blade (jk). How do you sleep? Interestingly, I usually sleep on the side of the bed (even though I’m alone 🤷🏻♂️) and often surround myself with 2 pillows to snuggle, and switch from my back to the fetal position. Swipe👈left.
Disclaimer 2: Please note my posts should not be interpreted as medical advice or an accurate depiction of anesthesiology or patient care. All ideas/stories and equipment are my own and utilized during non working hours and independent of any employer. Thank you for your consideration 😷💉.
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To whom it may concern, you are enough. Your self-sacrifices will not go unnoticed, and your efforts will not be fruitless. You have what it takes to become what you dream of every night before you sleep. Being tired is inevitable when you're studying for 8+ hours daily, every day. Quitting is a choice. Don't doubt your abilities, you are powerful beyond measure. You are more than an exam, and certainly more than any grade. You are loved, supported, and cherished. Never forget that. I believe in you and I believe in your spirit. Be limitless and never lose sight of why you started this. Better days are coming.
We wake up every day and make a choice. Today, let's make the choice to support one another. Today, let's remind one another that we are all in this together, no matter the obstacles, no matter the outcome. Today let's start because starting is half the battle. Together we can and together we will. Much love.
Twelve years ago, I faced one of my biggest failures and it was completely unexpected. I was devastated.
How could this happen?! I was SO close...
The 18-year-old me couldn’t see at the time that this was in fact a blessing in disguise and quite the life lesson. I was just days away from breaking a record I never thought imaginable.
I just had to hold on.
T H A N K Y O U to all who listened to ‘Failure Breeds Success’ on 🎙The DoctorGoals Podcast and for making it the most popular episode yet. I guess I’m not the only one who’s dealt with failure.
✨Leave some love 💛 below if you’ve had a big fail before your success.
So many students chase after high vs low yield. Almost all students who do well on the mcat make an effort to learn, retain, and apply everything on the content list. If they make an error- they try to ensure they don’t make the same error again! This is a pattern seen in almost every student who scores well on the MCAT! Stop focusing on high vs. low yield - and start focusing on understanding and learning all the content areas! #mcat#mcatbros#mcatadvice
Sometimes you feel like you just NEED to see that one person that always makes things better. She’s the Patsy to my Edina, and I’m missing her something awful today. I’m hoping to see her soon. This is my favorite picture of the lovely Mary Catherine. (Picture taken by me while I was sitting on the toilet at Barfly’s, one of our best nights ever) #mcat#katandcat#bestfriends#absolutelyfabulous
Apple of my eye: tea with a side of background piano music while the toddler sleeps. Mid semester can be a big game of catching up if you’ve fallen even a little bit behind -as a student or instructor. Trying to get caught up so it’s an easy finish for the semester (my very very last one as a premed! Beyond excited about that). What are you doing on this lovely Sunday? #sundayfunday#work#premed
the best friends will bring you sunflowers and pomegranates after a long week...thank you @nasser_s9 for always being the best friend and being there to listen...so grateful 😌
what are you doing this weekend? •
los mejores amigos son las personas que te traen girasoles y granadas después de una semana muy larga...muchas gracias a mi mejor amigo por tu generosidad en mi vida y por sus oídos que siempre quieren escuchar a mi...estoy muy agradecida 😌
que estás haciendo este domingo?
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A lot of people around here have asked me how I studied for MCAT, how many hours I used to study,what books I used etc.
So here I am posting about my methods and tips that have helped me, but remember what worked for me might not work for you.
As MCAT is only one week away,the first thing I need you guys to do is JUST RELAX. CALM DOWN. BREATH. You have given your 100%. Bs ab sb Allah per chordo. He is the best planner. The second thing you need to know is how to navigate. You need to manage your time smartly.
🌻SET DAILY GOALS. Make a plan for each day. Dedicate at least 3 hours to one subject. Try to touch all subjects every day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌻 Pay more attention to numerical. As MCAT is all about how you manage your time , try to practice solving numerical in less than one minute. They will not give you lengthy questions to solve. So focus on questions that are more precise. Learn formulas by heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌻Take a full length practice exam. Practise questions as much as you can from whatever source. Whatever book you like. Beginning with questions from your weakest section. I was weak in physics so I always used to start with physics. Divide your day so that you can spend 25% of your time solving papers and 75% time reviewing your course. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌻 Give more time to your weak areas. Try and judge yourself what subject take you more time to learn, what topics you struggle with and then plan your study session accordingly.
🌻Keep your phone aside. It is the biggest distraction. Promise yourself that you won't touch it untill you have studied at least for an hour.
🌻Take naps in between. If you study continuously without taking breaks,your brain will stop functioning. Don't force yourself to study if you feel tired. Your brain needs rest too. Give your brain a break.
🌻Treat yourself. When you are done with your goals treat yourself with a chocolate or your favourite food. This will keep you motivated.
^continue in comments 👇🏼
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3 17812 hours ago
I hope you are having a great Sunday! I was thinking about MCAT tips that I could share, and I think that this one is super important. When I was talking to my professor about the MCAT last summer, he told me not to worry because all the scientific papers I read would really help me out. I was skeptical when he said that because I was looking at the massive stacks of books and practice questions and felt like I would need to gain so much more knowledge before I would be ready. •
Long story short, he was totally right! The MCAT really doesn’t test memorization, it tests your ability to think critically about science. Aside from practice passages, having a solid understanding of how to read hard research paper and get the main idea quickly will help with CARS and science passages. I thought it was incredible how much the test felt like reading scientific papers. In fact, many of the passages come straight from the scientific literature. •
If I haven’t sold you yet on the importance of reading research papers on at least a weekly basis, this will also be incredibly helpful with getting you used to the rigor of information that you will be expected to sort through quickly in medical school. ALSO all this knowledge will help you relate back to your basic science courses and I found that I did better in my college classes once I started reading multiple research papers a week.
To help out for those of you who don’t know where to start (that’s totally ok) I am keeping a list in my bio of everything I’m reading each week so please check it out (: Let me know if you find it helpful! You can also go to pubmed and search for any topics you might be interested in. Happy reading 🧠
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New Yorker looking for the right med school?
Follow the same path as Adam Isacoff, who came to AUA for med school and was able to complete his rotations in his home state.
Learning anatomy is like trying to sneeze with your eyes open... the struggle is real. On a separate note, welcome to my new study desk, officially moved out and in medical school 💃🏻... as a postgraduate I finally have that feeling of knowing I’m in the right place 😊 and I couldn’t be happier that I never gave up on medicine. Now to actually tackle the hard part of moulding myself to be a darn good successful doctor 👩🏻⚕️
Planning time! I usually spend every sunday planning the rest of my week, putting in some family and gym time in as well! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I truly find that planning your work and time takes a lot off your shoulder and reminds you of deadlines coming up!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Midterm season 1 is over, but deadlines for reports and articles are still coming up so im definitely still stressing! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you all plan you time?? let me know!
This is what my day looks like today - except that I’m inside and in a warm sweater since it’s dark and rainy outside⛈ #summersover .
I decided to take the day off today for multiple reasons:
1. I need to do some chores regarding an elective application to another university - and the place that I have left to go to opens from 7:30 to 3 and I’m at the hospital everyday from 6:30 to at least 6...
2. I have to give a short presentation tomorrow on a given topic and since Monday I was on call and yesterday I just didn’t have the energy to study, I need to do some reading🤓.
3. Lastly - and probably most importantly - you gotta take care of yourself before you can do anything else; and I really needed to sleep more than six and a half hours, take the time to enjoy a run while netflixing and moisturize after my shower✨.
So right now it’s only 11am and I already feel refreshed🤗 now, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get everything I need done before my rotation evaluation at the hospital this afternoon!