Pregnant in Medical school & Residency – My story & lessons learned!

Pregnant in Medical School and Residency: My story & lessons learned! A guest post by Habiba Tunau, MD. . During Medical school I made it a goal to graduate with a degree in one hand and a baby in another.  I had a supportive husband, so we started trying to conceive when I was in my third … Continue reading Pregnant in Medical school & Residency – My story & lessons learned!

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Medical training is long, and at times very dark - for the end is seemingly forever away. But, my time as a student of formal medical education, is slowly coming toward it's enviable end. Residency is almost over! I've nearly made it to the light and out the … Continue reading The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Bloody Baptism

"Bloody Baptism" A guest post by Zahir MD It’s the first day on my 4th year elective in the Emergency Department. I had orientation in the morning and just my luck I am scheduled for a night shift. I had the good fortune of finding an Emergency Physician in NY who let me shadow him … Continue reading Bloody Baptism

5 Reasons why Residency is more Rewarding than Medical School

They are very different - yet similar. Medical school and residency. Like two siblings - both filled with long hours learning the practice of medicine and late nights studying the science of medicine. But each is unique as well...Medical school with more of a focus on studying and memorization, especially the first two years. Residency … Continue reading 5 Reasons why Residency is more Rewarding than Medical School

My experience being the patient – What I learned from having my appendix removed during residency!

Most of us are healthy during the years of medical school and residency, with few needs for medical care. Because of this, we often have very little experience with the patient side of medicine. And it is a different viewpoint, once you are the patient and not the medical provider.  This is the story of my own … Continue reading My experience being the patient – What I learned from having my appendix removed during residency!

Patient encounters outside the hospital – The Good, the Bad, and the downright Uncomfortable!

It's an unavoidable part of medicine. Your status as a doctor makes you recognizable in.. and sometimes unfortunately out... of the hospital. Running into patients in day-to-day life can bring out a wide range of emotions - from delight and happiness to terror, embarrassment, or down right irritation. I've had all the above encounters in the … Continue reading Patient encounters outside the hospital – The Good, the Bad, and the downright Uncomfortable!

Telemedicine took MY Job!

I hear about Telemedicine often in the news and until recently had only casually glossed over the latest articles. The details I paid little attention to, but the headlines I would remember. Great for rural areas I would read! Extend physician reach to those who otherwise wouldn't have access to a doctor! Get specialists with expertise … Continue reading Telemedicine took MY Job!

“Should you give up on your dream to become a doctor?”

"Should I give up on my dream to become a doctor?" "How will I be able to get into medical school because my GPA or MCAT is low?" "I'm afraid I won't get in first time around... should I consider Caribbean medical schools?" These are questions I'm asked fairly frequently on Twitter, usually by DM. … Continue reading “Should you give up on your dream to become a doctor?”

Submitting your Rank List & Post interview communication – a few tips for peace of mind!

After all the interviews, spreadsheets, back and forth late night thoughts- the Rank List has opened and it's time to think about submitting. Here are a few tips to help you set your list - and forget about it until match day!    Stay true to yourself.  You've spent months going over and over the different … Continue reading Submitting your Rank List & Post interview communication – a few tips for peace of mind!

How I learned to ENJOY working Holiday Shifts

Holiday shifts - it's a part of medicine for many of us. Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving. We grudingly accept that is what the job requires and we usually show up dragging our feet, unhappy to be away from our families. As an anesthesia resident, I've certainly complained about my fair share and see many of my colleges in medicine … Continue reading How I learned to ENJOY working Holiday Shifts