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What does medicine mean to you?

Medicine is a field that involves a team of healthcare professionals that promote health and wellness to our patients. These professions include nurses, doctors, dentists, PA’s , dental hygienists, medical assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, ect.. In medicine we cover treatment, diagnosis, prevention, research, and more. We use our voice to advocate for and educate others . We give the best care possible to each one of our patients. We are life long learners. We are empathetic, passionate, determined. (Maybe a little Type A.. okay, i’ll speak for myself here) Medicine is a field that I feel so honored and humbled to be a part of. I’m here to share my insights, my triumphs, my failures, my goals, and everything in between with you. 


 Follow your heart, but take your brain with you. Sit with those words for a minute. My heart is in medicine. It always has been, always will be. It is SO difficult for me to take this longer path to get to where I ultimately want to be. There have been countless times when I could have chosen a much quicker path to get to my ultimate goal, but I know logistically (here’s the part where Brain comes in), it would not work out. (Also note- that I am referring to MY circumstances and MY journey which is much different than yours). It’s tempting, believe me, to look at an opportunity through rose colored lenses. It’s easy to convince yourself that saying “yes” to every opportunity is the best way to go about life because “what if you miss out on something”, right? Saying “yes” can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be destructive and it can throw unexpected curve balls your way. When opportunity arises, listen to your heart, trust your gut… BUT don’t forget your brain!

 I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts recently, but the “MedStudentEdge” is one that has been on HEAVY rotation in my car. I believe this podcast can help you have better, more efficient study sessions whether you’re pre med, med student, nursing, PA- really its beneficial for any professional field! This little list, inspired by the podcast, is probably one the most IMPORTANT thing you need to do FIRST if you are struggling in any of your classes. (Or if you want to IMPROVE). I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. It’s important to troubleshoot your area of weakness that way you can fix it! Here ya go! Make sure you take the time to answer these questions and be HONEST with yourself about what areas need the most improvement:

☐ Have you tried at least two completely different study strategies? 

☐ Are you using a study strategy recommended by a successfully matched medical student (not a peer)? 

☐ Do you minimize distractions by using a social media-blocking app? 

☐ Do you have a study group completely separate from your social circle? 

☐ Do you pre-read before lecture? 

☐ Do you practice ACTIVE versus passive reading? 

☐ Do you use a boards prep book (such as First Aid) to separate high-yield from low-yield? 

☐ Do you separate things you need to understand from things you need to memorize? 

☐ Do you have a resource for practice questions, and use it after every lecture? 

☐ Do you have a self-quizzing system (such as a flash card program) that will ask you questions that you don’t know and weed out question that you know? 

☐ Do you have a mnemonic system that you use consistently?
☐ Do you focus on the clinically relevant?
☐ Do you practice by teaching concepts to other medical students? 

☐ Do you sleep enough, eat well, and exercise?
☐ Do you take health breaks after every hour of studying?