They’re hosting a research type “speed talking” for our school. And I’m just curious, how important is research when applying to medical school? I do want to do research and make an impact in science by finding out something life changing, like a cure for cancer, or a drug that can make some one instantly walk again 😅 but Idk if I have a huge interest, I’m kinda iffy on it. I’ve talked to some people who got into medical school with NO research, but then I guess it depends on the school you’re applying for and what their agenda is. Are they research heavy or not..what are your thoughts on research? Do you have research experience? Is it important? How can one get into research and possibly get published?
Had the opportunity to present a poster on the research that me and the rest of my LLU Global Health cohort conducted last summer on breastfeeding practices, maternal and infant health, and malnutrition in the Philippines at APHA 2018. Forever inspired by my peers and other health professionals who are aspiring to make the world a better place and achieve health equity for all. // 📆 11.11.2018📍San Diego, CA
Just finished my last chemistry midterm *ever*
Feels pretty frickin good. This biochem exam no doubt gave me a run for my money but thank goodness for friends and study groups. Do you prefer to study in a group or by yourself??
I don't have a hometown the way that convention would have it. In fact, of the many places I've lived, I never stayed longer than 4 years. Constantly, I remind myself of my fortune to have seen and experienced many cultures and regions.
In all of it, I have to say, no place is quite like the #bayarea
with it's political action and diversity. The lessons of my youth have formed me into the #socialjustice
I am today.
Of all my learnings the best one I have gained is the power to listen. It's free, but worth its weight in gold. We are not saviors, we are community members. We are all stronger together.
One way you can start is to keep #reading
and finding new points of view. I constantly cycle through upwards to 4 books at a time, the constellation of conversation gets my mind racing with ideas. Here I showcase one book I recently completed. A dense overview of the #ethics
and how we set priorities. If you are interested in this topic let me know your thoughts below.
#bookstagram #learning #instagay #gaymoustache #community #justice #bart #futuremd #forthemd #premed
•I need you to sit next to me while explain my notes to myself, otherwise I'll look like a crazy person•
Today, I will love myself the way Olie loves me. Okay, that’s a bit excessive. I’ll show myself 10% of the love that Olie shows us and that will be a lot. ❤️ #dogsfixeverything
I don’t know how I’d do med school without this little angel. She keeps me entertained, makes me exercise, and is endlessly interested in whatever I’m talking about. My favorite way to study is to “teach” her whatever we’re covering. She’s the best listener. Way less backtalk than Timmy. 😂
One of us is prepped for the horrible air quality. Both of us look like we just woke up.
Praying for all that were affected by the California fires
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s been praying and supporting me along this journey. You guys are truly loved and appreciated. And above all, thank God for this amazing opportunity 🙏🏾🙂 #FutureMD #Views
Every time people ask me, “what is your end goal? What do you want to be?” I tell them I am going to be a doctor, they are immediately perplexed. They go on to ask me questions like “are you sure?” Say things along the lines of “that’s a lot of school.” I smile and tell them will full certainty that I know. I knew what I was going to be since the fourth grade. My pediatrician has this on record because every year I went in for my physical she would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. Before the fourth grade I used to say I wanted to be a teacher. In fourth grade I changed my mind to doctor. Have not changed it ever since. I am blessed to have fallen in love with my journey long before I started it. It has made me more humble. I only complain about 2% of the time (I am human). I appreciate the journey and I comprehend that it is not instant gratification. The road is long but I came to EAT.
~ Updating Schools ~
I’ve been getting a few questions about when to update schools, how to compose an update letter, and what type of news is update-worthy. I’m not an admissions officer or admissions counselor, so I’m probably not the best person to ask about this, but this is how I have been going about updating schools...
When To Update:
- In my opinion, August and September are too early in the cycle to update (even if you did submit secondaries in early July). Some schools also limit the # of updates you can submit, so as tempting as it is to let schools know about every little achievement in the hopes that they’ll then invite you to interview, it’s best to wait until mid-October or November. However, since admissions is rolling, I personally wouldn’t wait until December to send a first update, since a lot of schools stop sending interview invites in Dec or Jan. For schools I’ve received interview invites from, Ive waited until after the interview to update them.
How to Compose Your Letter:
- I start each letter with a sentence or 2 confirming my continued interest in the school and briefly listing specific reasons why. Then, I have a separate paragraph devoted to each new update to make it easy to read. Make sure you’re short and to the point! You don’t want them to not read your update simply because it is too long and rambling! Finally, I conclude by really thanking them for the consideration and stating why I believe I can make a substantial contribution to their Class of 2023. The letter should be very formal, business format (I had to look this up online!).
How to Send Updates:
-Some schools have specific places in their app portal for updates, which is nice. Other schools will require you to email the admissions office, which is a bit more intimidating in my opinion. For these schools, I include my update letter in the body of the email and also attach it separately as a PDF. I make sure to look up the Dean/Director of Admissions for that specific school and address the email + letter “Dear Dr. X and the [School] Office of Admissions,”
Let me sit these midterm grades rite here. Son☀️ definitely shines bright 💫✨📚#FutureMD
Congratulations to Senior Stanley Wu for being accepted into the UF Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program!
We are Proud of You Stanley!
It’s great to be a Florida Gator 🐊
Just a girl and her dog trying to conquer med school 🐾
Simba has brought so much joy in my life when I was drowning in an immense amount of stress. So, I made him an Instagram page if you guys want to get a dose of Simba and his silly personality @dogtorsimba
📸 : @mallika.sh
Congratulations to Gator Senior Stanley Wu who was accepted into the UF Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program today!!!!! #gogators #futuremd
How would you answer this USMLE practice question?
In college, we wore pajamas to class. In med school, we still wear pajamas (they’re just official now😛) I guess old habits die hard?
S/O to my near-decade old fire truck red @urbanescrubs
for helping me keep up with this ~fall~ aesthetic. Oh- and my mom for the cookie 😍
Vertebrate physiology this morning, now on the way to my teaching chemistry lab for 12:30, so I have a little break
What are your favorite study tools/styles? 🌱
I obviously don’t know it all (as pictured) but one thing that I definitely know is this: FLASHCARDS WORK!
Generally speaking, there are 4 main types of learning styles: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic (tactile/movement). Personally, I know that my learning style consists of a fine mix of all four. For example: I like to have a visual cue such as a picture or video; I like to say things aloud or have a conversation about what I’m learning; I would take notes on the topic at hand; and to tie it all in, I will relate what I am learning to an action/physical process to act out or engage with. For me at least, ol’ reliable flashcards have been able to consistently satisfy 3 out of those 4 styles. Yay!🤓
I know we all have our own styles & by now I’m sure we’ve formulated our own intricate study routines; but don’t forget to go back to basics every now and then!
Ok, I’m going to go disappear into my study cave again! lol
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Like it has never been there!!
Polydactyly of the foot with deviation of the extra toe surgically excised!!
Polydactylism is a fairly common congenital abnormality. Chances are you'll see this at least once or twice, it's that common!
It refers to the situation where there are more than the usual number of digits (five) in a hand or foot.
The extra digit is rarely fully formed or fully functional and is usually a small piece of soft tissue that can be removed. It can contain bone without joints and rarely even be a complete functioning digit but people choose to remove it surgically due to both cosmetic and functional purposes.
The extra toes cause problem of interfering with shoe wear, widen the foot and can change loading patterns with walking or running. While this can be addressed with especially wide shoes, removal of the extra toe may be a more straightforward solution.
Surgical treatment simply consists of excision of the extra toe and reconstruction of the soft tissue around the reminding toe and it’s alignment, as well as any associated abnormalities.
For many, motherhood is a beautiful, unique, and meaningful experience. The mother-child bond is a relationship that has the potential to be a deeply loving and positive experience for both the mother and child. However, motherhood can be distressing, which is why it is imperative that we, as providers, understand the unique psychiatric issues that are associated with this time period in a woman’s life.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMAD for short, is the term used to describe mood and anxiety disorders that affect women during the perinatal period, which is the timeframe from pregnancy to 12 months postpartum. PMAD encompasses a variety of disorders, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar mood disorder, psychosis, and PTSD.
Dr. Rivinius has both lived it and overcome it. When Dr. Rivinius was pregnant with her first child, she experienced intense postpartum OCD and anxiety.
For full article and podcast, link in my profile.
I can't always be perfect but I'll surely always be worth it. One of my favorite things my advisor told me upon getting to GCSOM was: 'well, you certainly have a lot to offer...'. All of what I have to offer took time, sweat, tears,passion, love, self-doubt, patience, rejection, and MUCH trial&error. Success doesn't come from perfection. As someone who has been top scorer and a getter of hundos, I can tell you the highest degree of strength attained to propel me forward didn't come from those. Medicine is a marathon and so is life. Learning is multi-dimensional. The goal is never to become just a better professional but a better you when all is said and done. While I'll always show the good, I am not always perfect. But my open mindedness and ability to grow is what makes me great, not the hundreds. What will make me a a great physician one day is having gone through so much pain, sustained the ability to be optimistic nonetheless, handled grief as humanly and yet, effortlessly as possible and GROWN every single step of the way. #growthmindset #aboutthatlife #getupgetup
I'm still alive - just studying away, per usual!
I'm enjoying the more laid back schedule of our Endocrine & Reproduction module especially because it gives me time to review concepts from former modules when they come up in practice questions. It's fun when the "factoid islands" I learned in first year make so much more sense now that I understand more of the whole picture.
Sometimes what you see on the outside does not represent what I feel on the inside. Sometimes what I feel on the inside is not understood by my brain.
At first I thought that I was just acting differently because of some roommate issues. Then I went to see a psychiatrist. Apparently, I am depressed. We're still trying to figure out why and when it started. We're playing with the idea of me comparing to myself to others around my age who are much more "successful" than I am (reminds me of Erik Erikson's stages). Some examples are: people having great jobs, living outside of their parent's homes, marriage, relationships, etc. I understand, and have been telling myself not to compare myself with others because my chapters are different from everyone else's. I have been kind of pushing those thought to the back of my mind to the point of it coming up in my subconscious mind and effect in me in ways that I don't even know.
The other idea that we're playing around with is my imposter syndrome and me feeling like I do not deserve an MD due to the fact that I know nothing. Or so it seems. Again, its me comparing myself with others. Other students that are getting high 90s on the exams while I am failing or passing by only two points. I felt that I didn't belong, and just plain stupid.
TL;DR: I'm just feel sad and want to be alone in my bed. And that's okay. Don't be afraid to ask for help like I did.
#medstudent #medicalschool #caribbeanmedicalschool #medicine #medschool #medicalstudent #mentalhealth #selfcare #seekhelp #chapter1 #nontraditionalmedstudent #futurephysician #futureneurosurgeon #futuremd #futuredoctor #futuresurgeon #psychology #erikerikson
I was MIA last week trying to keep up with this current block. Rather than make two #misconceptionmonday
posts in a row (and the sweet sweet fact that thanksgiving break is only 4 DAYS AWAY), I thought I’d talk about the importance of recognizing when you need a rest day from the gym OR school. .
No lie...this current system of med school (microbes, immunity, transfusion/transplantation) along with the increasing volume of my bulking workout program has been kicking my butt. While the common advice you’ll get in these situations is to grind on, there are certainly times when a break from the gym or a day off studying would be exponentially more beneficial to your long term gym/brain gains. In the gym, everyone knows your body needs rest in order to grow, but I’ve also found taking up to 3 days off or planning an easy “de-load week” (where you have much lower total weekly sets per body part and moderately lower intensity) is a good way to re-charge your body if you’re feeling burnt out. In a similar way, I’ve found a few days off studying in med school can actually help to consolidate old knowledge and revitalize future studying. .
The key is knowing the signs and symptoms that you personally exhibit when you need a break and acting quickly! For me, I know I need a gym break when my numbers for all 3 of the big compounds lifts go down within the same week, and I know I need a study break when I notice myself thinking too quickly and being impatient/overly worked up over small hiccups in my studying. .
What are the signs that YOU exhibit when you need a break and how do you manage taking a break/rest with your demanding schedule? Let me know in the comments/DM!
Only a few more workouts in Grenada before break, already counting down!
315 for 5
Earlier this month, my sweet Penelope turned #6
! She requested we go to Apple Hill 🍎 🍏 🍎 as a family, so that is just what we did! She needed her picture taken in this exact apple tree, in this exact pose, so we did that too. 😂 ———
She has such a beautiful, kind, courageous, compassionate soul, and a spunky, sassy attitude to go along with it. Penny, you are strong-minded and independent, questioning everything, and forming your own strong opinions, which you stand up for fiercely... thankfully you also have sweet, gentle side, always looking for ways you can help others, love to make people feel included, and still want to be held by Mama and Daddy and cuddled. You are quick to apologize when you realize you were unkind, and want to make sure everyone leaves a “discussion” (argument) with good feeling towards one another.
——— You are a lover of collections, and constantly have pockets full of “treasures” (, rocks, shells, bones, leaves, etc) , you also would love to murder every flower 🌸 you meet, to squish between the pages of an old book, but are thankfully learning to enjoy looking instead of touching. On that note, you’re also a total #plantlady
and asked for a little olive tree for one of your birthday presents. You want to be a family doctor when you grow up and deliver ALLLLL the babies. 👶🏻 You love to help Grandma’s nurse give her infusions once a month, and thankfully he doesn’t mind the peppering of questions, and always finds tasks you can help with. You love your family fiercely, and Jesus too. You’re a firecracker, and I love you for it! Happy birthday baby girl!
Update on the med school journey ~
Now that we are studying the lungs, we have delved much deeper into physiology. I'm not sure which I prefer (anatomy or physiology), but I'll let you know after this exam on Wednesday 😅. It seems that this exam will have a much heavier written component whereas the previous exams had a heavier practical component. I got to do some pretty fun clinically relevant things this past week! On Wednesday, I went into our simulation lab for the first time, and it blew my mind. The technology was crazy! The sims had pulses, blinked, and even turned blue when their O2 was low. It was motivating to do the sims. When I'm sitting in my room studying, sometimes its hard to see how this stuff matters. But then I went into a sim, and the stuff I was studying all became very relevant. It was rewarding knowing that the stuff I am learning now could potentially save a life. On Thursday, I went to an elementary school and gave some kiddos flu shots. The more I interact with kids, the more I want to pursue pediatrics! Friday afternoon and this morning I was in one of the pediatric clinics for my preceptor program. While most of my time is spent studying, I love the being in the clinic when I get the chance.
#patienttophysician #medlife #medicine #medicalstudent #medstudent #medicalschool #medschool #futuredoctor #futuredoc #futureMD #MDtobe #futurephysician #whitecoat #stethoscope #litmann
You guys I’m so excited to be a guest speaker tomorrow at the @fiuprepa
Club in Miami!. They’re opening it up to any Pas, pre-pas, aspiring PAs and PA students so if you’re in the area come hang out with us. Swipe to see the official invitation and details. 😷😷☺️
I’ll be giving a lecture about the Surgical PA career, scope of practice, salary, shadowing and rotation tips and the ultimate guide to getting your dream PA surgical job. Hope to see you there! I’m going to try my best to IG live it for you guys 🤗 Tag your friends! #futurepas #floridainternationaluniversity #surgicalpa
Hey everyone! So all this while, I realized I never introduced myself. So, here's some facts about me! 🍁I'm a med student! (But my identity, school and current country will not be mentioned for personal privacy reasons...Hope you understand!) 😉 🍁Current Special Interests: Head&Neck surgery, Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging 😍 🍁I LOVE nature (HIKING!), cold weather, art and travelling! 🍁In person, I'm abit awkward but with close friends, I'm very sarcastic 😆 🍁In grade school, I was the weird "nerd" kid 😅 🍁I love good natured humor! Life is too short to be miserable! ❤️ That's all I can think of writing here for now. Haha! 🤣 It's a pleasure to meet you guys in the studygram/medicalgram community! 🤩❤️ Let's journey together and inspire each other! Thank you for joining me on this journey!
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