Clerkship: Surgery

Ok so this is super behind since surgery was my first block but at least it’s getting done, ok? I just wanted to share with you some of my general tips for surviving your surgery clerkship! Because it was my first rotation, surgery really scared me. You always hear about how it’s the toughest, most demanding, non-fuzziest rotation. Well, what you hear is right… for the most part. It was also one of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences that I have ever had. I even considered going into it for a good portion of this year (peds surgeon, anyone?). My point is: go into your clinical years with an open mind, you don’t know what awesome opportunities you’re going to miss out on if you already have a career in mind.

Continue reading “Clerkship: Surgery”

Welcome Back

Well, it’s been almost a full calendar year since I’ve written anything on here – sorry!

People weren’t kidding when they said blogging was hard (it’s even harder when you’re in medical school). Let me explain why I was away for so long.

I got busy

Not a great excuse I know, but when I’m busy,¬† my creative juices tend to turn off. It was the perfect storm of preparing for and taking Step 1 and then immediately throwing myself into my surgical rotation in August that prevented me from feeling energized to write. It was a whirlwind and I can’t believe I’m already finishing my third year of medical school.

Too much pressure

Honestly, I became a little disillusioned with the whole blogging thing. There has always been this sense of inadequacy in what I was doing, a little bit of caring too much about whether or not people were reading what I wrote. I became bored with trying to make every post really count. I realize now that it’s not super important to make each post a big dissertation. I became too nervous about living up to the whole “influencer” thing to say what was on my mind, even if it was stream of consciousness babbling.

I’m a perfectionist

Nothing was ever perfect enough. Not engaging enough, not exciting enough. I wanted to make sure I put out good advice. I didn’t always have the perfect picture to post. I didn’t feel like I was living up to my own expectations. Screw all of that. I just realized how much I missed writing.

Moving forward, I want to put out smaller posts about my day-to-day life, even if they’re not life-changing events or anything too exciting, I just want to go back to doing this for fun ūüôā

‚Äď TS‚Ąě

Clinician’s Closet: Tammarah

Happy National Women Physician Day! Today marks¬†the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the United States’ first woman physician. In 1849, Blackwell was accepted into medical school as a joke. While we have made great strides¬†since then, the fight for equality still goes on. Read further to learn more about an amazing physician-to-be, my friend Tammarah.

National Women Physician Day

Continue reading “Clinician’s Closet: Tammarah”

New Year, New Routine

Happy New Year, folks!

I hope you had a wonderful and restful break filled and lots of¬†quality time with your friends and family. I hope you also had some equally as important “me time,” a large¬†component of which involves actually taking care of yourself. For medical students especially, self-care often falls to the bottom of our priority lists. However, it’s imperative that you make sure you’re carving out at least a few minutes a day for yourself.

One thing that I am trying to get serious about is a better morning routine. My friends know that I am pretty lazy and have a hard time getting out of bed. The inevitable rush leads to quick shower, some hair product to tame the mane, and maybe some lotion if I’m lucky. With January in full-blown winter mode + a v timely Christmas gift from Anthony, I consider myself a lucky guy!

Ever since joining Equinox and becoming that guy, Ant’s been obsessed with Kiehl’s. I saw it all over IG but wasn’t sure what the hype was about. I am now a fan. This post is NOT sponsored, I just want to show you some cool stuff!

The “Jeremyville – Healthy Skin for Him” Collection, which is pretty affordable for $26 at Nordstrom, comes in a cool box designed by Brooklyn-based artist, Jeremyville.

Kiehl's Healthy Skin for Him

Continue reading “New Year, New Routine”

Sophomore

I’m writing to you from my new apartment! Minus living essentials like floor lamps, a dining set, and anything to sit on or store clothes in, I guess you can say that I’m full-fledged adult now. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog with¬†a personal post, but I especially wanted to reach out to my fellow medical students with this one.

I think I’m still having a hard time adjusting to M2 year. I’m still grappling with the notion that others look up to me as a role model and ask me for advice when I’m just trying¬†to do the right thing for me. It’s scary, it’s intimidating, but it’s inevitable. The “sophomore” year of any point in your education is tough. You’re no longer the baby, but you’re also asked to grow up quickly.

Continue reading “Sophomore”