Let's stop the self-fulfilling prophecy cycle. The "I'm not good enough so I won't apply myself" that leads to the less than expected outcome which feeds your "see I'm not good enough" cycle. Break it right now.
Fun fact: I almost didn't apply to this summer research scholarship program because of my horrible GPA. Fast forward to the end of summer break, and I'm finishing up my research with one week left to go, I was just notified that my results will influence clinical change within the hospital, and I'm cashing in that scholarship. 👌✨
Do you listens to podcasts? If not, why not? I love getting messages for students all around the country (and Canada too!) about how they don’t listen to music anymore—just to my podcasts.
They’ve gone from naïve to the premed process, to experts, all because they listen to a weekly show that comes to their phone every week, for free!
On the Meded Media network, we now have 10 active podcasts for you to listen to!
Swipe to see them all!
1. The Premed Years—6 years old with over 300 episodes. This covers everything you need to know about being premed!
2. The MCAT CARS Podcast—one of our newest shows. We’ve partnered with the MCAT CARS expert, Jack Westin, to help you understand what you are reading on the MCAT—which is the biggest hurdle for most students. Use the link https://medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin to save $100
3. Board Rounds—our newest show launching 1/23/2018! We’ve partnered with @boardvitals
to bring you amazing and engaging content to your device every week for free to help you with USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1. Use the promo code “BOARDROUNDS” to save 15%!
4. The MCAT Podcast—the best overall MCAT prep podcast out there! We’ve partnered with @nextstepmcat
on this podcast which now has over 120 episodes covering everything you need to know to master the MCAT! Use the promo code “MSHQ” to save $50 of tutoring and their course or 10% off their full-length exams
5. Specialty Stories—learn from specialists about their careers! Trying to figure out what you want to do after medical school can be hard—let us make it easier for you!
6. OldPreMeds Podcast—for the “old” premed students out there! This Q&A podcast has the information you need!
7. Ask Dr. Gray: Premed Q&A—due for a reboot (likely an Instagram Live Q&A), this podcast went from a Q&A to live premed coaching
8. Premed Diaries—for the struggling or successful premed student to share their story, anonymously, to get the support they need, or just get something off their chest! Call 833-MY-DIARY to leave a message
9. Short Coat Podcast—a podcast from the Carver College of Medicine!
10. TMDSAS Podcast—from the amazing Enrique and the TMDSAS team, focusing on Texas med schools!
Feeling especially thankful this week for the opportunity to be a student doctor. 👩🏼⚕️❤️There were times my first two years of med school that I really questioned if I had chosen the right career path. But after my first week in the hospital, working with patients, I see it was all so worth it! A hand on a crying patients shoulder, a kind word to a worried family member, updating a patient on their condition and treatment plan, even fetching a warm blanket or a cup of water. These are sacred moments I wouldn’t change for the world. I know that I’m doing what I was made and called to do, and I couldn’t be happier. The road to becoming a physician isn’t easy, but I know it is what God called me to and it will be all worth it! #futuremd #grateful #hardworkpaysoff #followyourpassion
Belated happy new year instafam! Took a step back from social media for a bit and was meaning to reconnect a few weeks ago but surgery rotation has been crazy busy. Finishing up week 2 on the trauma & general surgery service and it has been a thrill to say the least. Took my first 28 hour call 😷 been really improving my technical skills i.e. suturing, navigating laparoscopic tools, placing NG tubes, etc 💉 and have been participating in both bread & butter cases as well as some crazy zebra ones 🦓 Now back to the OR for another case before we call it a night...
January 17th, 2019 🌸
Days like today remind me how exciting medicine can be. I spent the morning shadowing in clinic and it was definitely a worthwhile experience. During my gap year I worked as a medical assistant, and today I was happy to finally be seeing patients again.
I remember wanting so badly to get into medical school, and now that I’m a student, I feel like the options for my future are endless. With so many specialties out there, shadowing does a great job of helping you start figuring out what you like or don’t like. I can’t wait until clinical rotations start 🙉
On another note, did some incline walking as today’s LISS for Day 4 of BBG!
Being a Chapter Leader is one of the most rewarding roles of a brigade. You get share your passion with peers by recruiting like-minded individuals, share your knowledge of GB's Holistic Model, have a hand in the planning process, and so much more. Although being a Chapter Leader is exciting, we understand that it can be stressful!
Global Brigades staff members work year round to prepare for your brigade and constantly think of new ways to support you as a leader! Are you a Chapter Leader that could benefit from more support? Check out these FAQs and ask your Program Associate for the full list!
Q: How do we make communication between staff and our leadership team more effective?
A: Be as informative and detailed as possible in your emails to Global Brigades staff! Since your Program Associate is likely managing multiple brigades at once, make sure to include your name, school, and Chapter information (Medical, Public Health, Business, etc.), can help ensure smooth communication. The more your Program Associate knows about your Chapter, the more helpful they can be.
Q: Our advisor is against volunteering internationally, and has been actively advising students not to join our Chapter.
A: If possible, schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss the nature of Global Brigades, and to address any miscommunications. Explicitly point out that volunteers on Medical Brigades do not perform any medical procedures, but rather assist in the clinic by directing patient flow and observing licensed healthcare professionals as they interact with patients. Global Medical Brigades students also participate in public health and water projects as part of their brigade itinerary in order to provide a more enriching global health experience.
If there are any questions that you would like to see answered, or if you would like to be a Chapter Leader, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
#GlobalBrigades #GB365 #MyGBStory #Sustainability #MakeAnImpact #Volunteer #VolunteerAbroad #MedicalBrigades #MedLife #WhiteCoat #FutureMD #Medicine
of 2019 - this time international! I am excited to learn about global health & put my (almost 3 full years) of medical school knowledge to use! I will be exploring a part of Asia 🌏✈️ with @cfhiglobalhealth
! I have been passionate about global health since my first experience to Peru several years ago so I am beyond excited to partake in this opportunity - now with a few years of medical knowledge under my belt! Where would you want to travel next?? Let me know below & tag your travel buddy! ⬇️✈️🌏👩🏻⚕️💊
I’m a FRAUD!!! 😱👨🏽⚕️
That’s right, everything you see in this picture is a LIE!!! 🤥
The truth is....in Australia 🇦🇺 we don’t regularly wear white coats 👨🏽⚕️🤯 to university. Heck, we don’t even call them white coats!!! #labcoats
Secondly, I can count the number of occasions I used my very aesthetic black on black @3mlittmann
stethoscope last year on one hand 🖐🏽. Don’t get me wrong, the few times I used my steth was amazing but the truth is my typical med attire is very different to this picture. .
Most days I wear a t-shirt, shorts and thongs (Flip flops for those in the states, Jandals for those in NZ 😜). .
Personally, I think the casual look is more conducive to study but had to take one quintessential med school photo for mems 😅
Happy Friday 🌞🏖
Finished my first day of IMF in the hospital where I got to see a real patient! It feels so rewarding to make it to this step in my career and starting to help people out. I still have much to learn but I’m so excited for the future! #IMF #clevelandclinicflorida #futuremd
“Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future” - Hippocrates
Exactly one year ago today, I found out that I had been accepted into the Medical Education Readiness Program. I picked up my life, moved to Florida, and put every ounce of passion into my studies. I knew that this was my shot at achieving my life long dream of getting my MD. Fast forward a year and here I am standing in the new RUSM campus in Barbados as a Semester 2 Accelerated Student! I am grateful for these days when I can break away from the books and learn the skills necessary to make confident a diagnosis and create meaningful connection with my patients. Every time I put on my white coat I’m reminded of how much of an honor it is to be on such a rewarding journey. 🏥❤️
First time all week with downtime at work. So going to get a study session in before my load picks back up again.
Rainy day goals
[aka lying in bed all day]
But, in reality, I worked out early AM & now I’m at work 🙃
Recently through personal experiences I’m starting to see the ‘harsh’ side of medicine - that sadly we can’t make everyone better, we can’t cure everyone, we can’t take away everyone’s pain and suffering , we can’t always tell people what they want to hear that they’re never going to be able to go back to the ‘normal’ they once had ( me being one of those people) and that nothing else is going to really help them ,there’s a slight chance but it could do more damage than good as in the patients eyes that surgery,drug,medical trial was another chance to improve, get better have a better quality of life, they hoped there’d be something that would help them and in a second that hope has been taken from them right before their eyes and as the doctor, nurse you’re in charge of having to tell them and I can’t imagine how frustrating that must be for them personally after putting in so much effort to make them better...now this side of medicine is definitely not making me change my mind about coming a doctor, instead it’s making me think about what I would do if I ever have to tell patients bad news and honestly I think the only thing you can do is just be as respectful,considerate, sympathetic and compassionate towards them as you can without going over boundaries and tell them it’s not their fault I know this might seem stupid but I blamed myself when my arm didn’t improve ... in a way it’s makes me more motivated to become a doctor as being on the opposite side has given me some idea of what I’d want to be like 💞
ITS CALL DAY
6:45 arrive at hospital 🏥
7:15 morning report ☀️
8:00 check on patients 👩🏽⚕️
12:00 lunch 👩🏽🍳
1:30 didactics 👩🏽💻
3:00 check on patients 👩🏽⚕️
4:15 students who aren’t on call are off✌🏽
The ones who are on call stay til 8:00 pm and admit any new patients from the ER to the floor. 🚑
Oh yes, and on call day we get to wear scrubs 🙌🏽
Found the Lost City of Atlantis & almost didn’t come back! 🌴
Instead, I’m at home gearing up for the next Shelf exam. A lot has happened in the last couple months on Surgery rotation & I hope to find the time to reflect on my experiences after my test tomorrow. Bahamas photos to follow! Hope everyone’s having a great week! 🌻
It actually never stops... yearly high stakes exams in residency, multiple board exams... then even as an attending I just paid >$200 for my yearly MOC/recertification questions. #lifeofamedstudent
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make a more conscious effort to be less wasteful and reduce my carbon footprint. This semester, I’ve decided to go completely green. I don’t have any notebooks, any paper unless completely required (thanks a lot physics), and no textbooks whatsoever! Everything I do is on my little iPad and I love it so much. I take all my notes, have all my textbooks, and even have my own planner on this little guy. I know it’s small but I love feeling like I’m actually making a even the tiniest of a difference!
Do you have any tips for being less wasteful or lessening your carbon footprint? How about any good companies you like to support for their efforts toward sustainability? I’m always interested in growing and trying so I want to hear it all!
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙤𝙛 𝘼𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣.
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙑𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙨 𝙊𝙣𝙡𝙮!
We're getting a lot of positive feedback on our new profile share button. 😀 [HUGE TIP]
Check the upper right corner of your PreMed STAR profile page and share your profile with:
2. Letter of recommendation writers
3. Med school interviewer
Or add to your email signature!
You can now keep them updated on your progress and let them know you better. A number of you have already sent your links in thank you emails after interviews. You can take full advantage of this at tomorrow's med school (DO) online fair.
#premedlife #mcat2019 #md2be #futuremd #studystudystudy #prehealth #medicalschool
We love seeing Medical Brigade Alumni in white coats! Check out Badal's story about his path to medicine and his passion for holistic health.
| "Officially white coated! Yesterday marked the start of my journey as a student doctor- my life long journey of learning, teaching, and applying medicine as a holistic art. My path to medicine started in the hopes and dreams of my grandfather wanting me to be a physician, but along the way I found what medicine really meant to me. From learning compassion from my mothers oncologist during the highs and lows, to experiencing holistic health development with the @globalbrigades
teams while my time in Nicaragua and Ghana, I found what pursuing medicine meant for me. For many, a white coat is just a white coat, but for healthcare professionals, it’s a constant reminder of why we chose the field of medicine in the first place! Shoutout grandpa Patel for the tie, this ones for ya!" Get involved with Medical Brigades and learn more at www.medicalbrigades.org.
Photo by @ahmad__ayyad1
#GlobalBrigades #GB365 #MyGBStory #Sustainability #MakeAnImpact #Volunteer #VolunteerAbroad #MedicalBrigades #MedLife #WhiteCoat #FutureMD #Medicine
First summer internship application submitted 📝💪🏾
I spoke with a group of undergraduate pre-health students yesterday about the importance of applying to summer programs and scholarships. Honestly, in college I HATED working on these applications and I probably missed out on a lot of opportunities that way.
The truth is, less people apply for these programs than you think especially if the application requires multiple letters of recommendation or has several essay prompts. And also, what’s the worst that could happen? You don’t get in. And what’s the best that could happen? You get in and have a great experience, meet mentors, receive a stipend, etc. To me, those pros outrank the cons!
Bottom line, you miss every shot that you don’t take, so whatever application you’re thinking about doing - DO IT.
📸 : @icdel
Do it for who you were and who you want to be, always remember how far you’ve come.
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As students we become obsessed with the next exam, the next obstacle, the next goal. We sometimes forget to live in the moment. Life becomes about chasing the next prize, the next degree. Well, I have news for you. The chase never stops.
As soon as a pre-med becomes a med student, the next goal is doing well on Step 1, then rotations, then Step 2, then getting your residency, then getting your fellowship, then getting your first job as an attending, then you want to become an associate program director, then.... I can go on and on.
If you don't stop and appreciate the process, the journey, chances are you will look back in twenty years and realize you may not have lived the way you wanted to, you may not be as fulfilled as you thought you may have been when you first started the journey. Students, residents, physicians, are some of the most ambitious, goal-oriented people on the planet. Just don't forget to live along the way.
I will continue to go into detail on how I was able to balance remaining focused on goals while maintaining a life outside of medicine while chasing my dreams of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon. There will be collobrations with physicians from different specialties and other students who were also successful, but did things differently. Something I will continue to emphasize is to not let anyone ever tell you that there is only one way to do something correctly.
Tag someone who needs to stop and smell the roses on the journey to unlocking residency! Stay tuned for more info here on Instagram and on a comprehensive guide on how to unlock the residency of your dreams.
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On this day 55 years ago, Dr. Dotter completed the first angioplasty to open a blocked blood vessel. He became the first doctor to treat disease through a tiny pinhole, forever changing the surgical field. How many times have you performed or watched this procedure?