Weekend Getaways

I think one of the most important things in medical school is to remind yourself that there is life outside of studying. One of my favorite ways to get my mind off of school is to take a day trip or even get away for the whole weekend. Thankfully, Greenville is only a few hours away from lots of cool places: Atlanta, Asheville, Charleston, and Charlotte, just to name a few. There’s something refreshing about getting your mind off of school, breathing in fresh air outside of a study room, and talking with non-medical friends about what is happening in the real world. Continue Reading →


10 Questions for a Recently Engaged Medical Student

Big news recently – I got engaged a few weeks ago! It’s obviously a very exciting time of life, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what it’s like to be engaged as a medical student. Considering that there are at least 12 people in my class who are engaged (Class of 2017) and even more in other classes here at USCSOMG, I’ll attempt to answer some of the most common questions I’ve heard about engagement during medical school Continue Reading →

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Friend or Foe?

Manning and Brady. Ronaldo and Messi. Magic and Bird. Superstar rivals vying for supremacy. Competition between them is fierce and unyielding, and if we’re honest with ourselves as medical students, it is this same competitive spirit that has enabled us to be where we are today. I mean let’s remove the niceties here and be transparent about this: we all to some degree desire to be the best. That type of attitude is almost a prerequisite to carrying M.D. at the end of your name. Whether it’s class rank, MCAT, or Step 1, we’re constantly being evaluated for how we perform compared to our colleagues; in fact, this can be the deciding factor in our career. Poor scores on Step 1 or the MCAT can eliminate the possibility of certain residencies or even the possibility of medical school at all. Continue Reading →

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Achieving My Unimaginable

September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. I will never forget the date and time of my white coat ceremony. This moment was not only special for me but for my family. I am the first person in my family (including all of my cousins, aunts, and grandparents) to become a physician. They are still in awe over my career path. They squeal over my Anatomy lab dissection stories and become entranced when I discuss the male and female reproductive system. It is exhilarating to know that I am on the right path to achieving my dream while surrounded by family members who want to be a part of the experience. Continue Reading →


There’s always time for football

The weather has been getting cooler. A slight change in color to the trees is visible… Pumpkin spice is popping up everywhere! And everyone else who didn’t start medical school in July can now consider this the beginning of the fall season! More importantly, football season is in full effect! Continue Reading →

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A Monday in the Life of an M1

Before starting medical school, I was so curious about what a typical day would look like. How many hours would I study? How many hours would I be in lecture or in lab? Would I have time to work out? Would I have time to sleep? While this post may not explicitly answer every one of these questions, hopefully it will provide insight into what a normal day looks like. Continue Reading →

My white coat contents

White Coat: Walking Office, Washed Frequently

I’ve entered my third year of wearing white coats. You read that right – I have two white coats: one to wear while I wash, starch, and press the other. Since receiving my first white coat in the summer of 2012, I’ve grown more familiar with its wearing and ways. I’ve known a long time about the importance of keeping my white coat clean and proud-looking. I quickly learned about the expectations patients have of people in white coats. This year, I’ve grown more practical awareness and appreciation for my white coat: it holds everything I need. Literally. In its pockets, my white coat holds the difference between my having a great day or a giant struggle of a day. Continue Reading →


Summer At Orange Mound

This summer I spent two weeks in Memphis Tennessee. I did a two week rotation with Christ Community Health Services (CCHS). CCHS serves 8% of the population of Memphis, one of the poorest metro cities in the nation. In fact 92% of CCHS’s patients live below the national poverty level. Most of the 162,000 patient visits are with the uninsured or with those on Medicare/Medicaid. Christ Community goes beyond treating the underserved: CCHS believes they have the most impact on their patient populations when they live in the communities of their patients, and are active in their neighborhoods. Consequently, all the staff members of CCHS live in the different communities in which they work (there are 8 different clinics in 5 different neighborhoods). I lived in the neighborhood called Orange Mound. As a student, I rotated in the 8 medical clinics while practicing my medical skills and learning how to counsel patients in mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Continue Reading →


The Beginning of My Journey

From the time that I was little I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to be the individual with the white coat whose purpose was to compassionately heal and treat others. As a child I would get “goose bumps” when I was in the hospital or doctor’s office knowing very well that I wanted to be a physician more than anything else in the world. With the love and support from my family and friends, I was encouraged never to let go of that dream. Continue Reading →


What Studying (Life) Mixed with Kittens Looks Like

This summer, my husband Ethan and I had twins—with fur. We welcomed Mookie Betts & Lola Belle into our little family in July. There was a post in the past on having pets in med school (http://transformingmedschool.com/2014/02/07/to-adopt-or-not-adopt-that-is-the-question/). I was on the skeptical end for a while, mostly because my husband and I are so busy. But now, I am a firm believer. For those of you thinking about it, I highly recommend it. Our thought process behind the decision went a little like this: indoor cats and two cats rather than one (so they can entertain each other)—perfect plan! Continue Reading →