Category Archives: Education

Bias when treating supporters of President Trump

8 Shares Share Tweet Share President Donald Trump held a rally near my medical school last week. While sitting in a small conference room during a lecture the morning of the event, my professor chuckled while clutching his phone. He looked up and around at all of us, remarking that his friend had texted him … Continue reading

13 tips every pre-med student should know

25 Shares Share Tweet Share If you’re reading this, you may have a son, a daughter, a family friend, or know of someone who is in college and considering medical school. As a medical student mentor, I share words of advice to my alma mater’s American Medical Student Association chapter and thought I would share … Continue reading

3 things I wish I had known before starting medical school

22 Shares Share Tweet Share I wish the best of luck to everybody applying to medical school. As somebody who was in this position five years ago, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things I wish I had known before I started medical school. 1. Look beyond the first … Continue reading

The financial barriers of applying to medical school

147 Shares Share Tweet Share In May 2018, it happened. The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) opened its floodgates. As we wrapped up our last years in undergrad, we felt a twinge of excitement as we finally began applying to medical school. But we quickly found one thing that wasn’t all-too-exciting: the bill. In … Continue reading

Remembering Dr. Denton A. Cooley

33 Shares Share Tweet Share Back in the 70s, Dr. Denton A. Cooley would do eight or so heart operations a day often on babies and children with heart defects. One day, he operated on four babies. Three of them died. It was around eight o’clock at night, and as Dr. Cooley walked down the … Continue reading

How to match into dermatology: A medical student shares her success story

5 Shares Share Tweet Share I didn’t match dermatology the first time. It was a harrowing experience, and I had a chip on my shoulder until the day I opened my match envelope. The reality is that in the last ten years, dermatology has become the most competitive specialty in medicine. Hundreds of extremely qualified applicants … Continue reading

How a food blog paid for medical school tuition

176 Shares Share Tweet Share Three years ago I left my medical school interviews thinking I was not going to be accepted. “You seem like a businesswoman. Why do you want to be a doctor?” I was asked. I had spent my undergraduate years devoted to building an online food blog with over 200,000 views … Continue reading

The difference between learning medicine and doing medicine

32 Shares Share Tweet Share Back when I was a third-year medical student, I would sometimes bike to the hospital campus early enough to catch the groundskeepers cleaning the promenade in front of the medical school before the foot traffic arrived. Discovery Walk, as it’s called, is a beautiful promenade with stone murals commemorating the … Continue reading

Teaching medical professionalism through literature

66 Shares Share Tweet Share A excerpt from From Reading to Healing: Teaching Medical Professionalism through Literature (Literature and Medicine). There are several traditional ways to teach about professionalism. Some training programs have didactic lectures on this issue. These typically focus on principle-based ethics and “rules” about professionalism. “Do this. Don’t do that.” Most educators and … Continue reading

The story of an attending’s empathy

16 Shares Share Tweet Share “Hey, you’re a med student. Right?” “Yes, I am. Do you need me to scrub in?” “That would be wonderful, yes! Everyone is either out on vacation or is sick. It’s just me and the resident.” “OK, I’ll be back in a few minutes.” I was on my OB/GYN rotation, … Continue reading