Pre-Interview Morning Routine

Interview season is almost upon us! As a resident, I am very excited for the upcoming interviews to meet all the bright and capable new faces of medicine. But I also remember the nerves that plagued me on the applicant side of interviews. While I felt confident and excited, the anxiety was impossible to ignore.Continue reading “Pre-Interview Morning Routine”

Innovation and Change in Anatomy Education During COVID-19

Laboratory dissection of human body donors has long been the centerpiece of medical student anatomy education. Is there a better way to learn the intricately organized complexity of human anatomy than to trace out the three-dimensional layout with your own hands? Maybe. There are certainly available and emerging alternative options to classic cadaveric dissection. WithContinue reading “Innovation and Change in Anatomy Education During COVID-19”

How to Study Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anatomy is one of the more difficult subjects during the pre-clinical years of medical school. It involves endless rote memorization and tongue-tying Latin words. Anatomy is often the first-time medical students realize that there is often a big difference between the classic, textbook description and what is seen in reality. During normal times, anatomy isContinue reading “How to Study Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Go to as Many Interest Group Meetings as You Can

Where I went to medical school, we had numerous “interest groups”. An interest group is a group of medical students (mostly pre-clinical years) with a common medically-themed interest who meet on a regular basis. Most medical schools have numerous interest groups available. Examples include specialty groups (surgery, pediatrics, anesthesia, etc.), advocacy/policy groups (American Medical Women’sContinue reading “Go to as Many Interest Group Meetings as You Can”

How to Make the Most of Rounds When Not Presenting

Rounding is the most important part of the day for the medical team. This is when in-depth discussions occur and daily plans of action are decided. As a medical student on clinical rotations in the hospital, your day revolves around morning rounds. For most rotations, a large part of your evaluation is based on performanceContinue reading “How to Make the Most of Rounds When Not Presenting”

How to Get Honors

Honors is a mysterious designation that means something different to each institution and each evaluator. There is no single, fail-proof way to guarantee one gets clinical honors. It is always going to come down to a certain level of subjectivity. But there are a number of elements every medical student can employ to maximize hisContinue reading “How to Get Honors”

Why Did You Not Make Honors on a Clerkship?

“Why did you not make honors on your [fill in the blank] clerkship?” Believe it or not, this was an actual question I got on an interview. I was caught completely off guard. Thankfully, I gave an answer that worked to my benefit. I want to help you prepare an answer to this question thatContinue reading “Why Did You Not Make Honors on a Clerkship?”

Oral Presentations on Clerkships

The oral presentation of patients on rounds is an integral skill for medical students to develop. You are communicating how the patient’s current symptoms, past medical problems, exam findings, and lab results play together into a coherent story. You could be the smartest medical student in the hospital, but if you can’t effectively communicate thisContinue reading “Oral Presentations on Clerkships”

5 Reasons to Take the Difficult Patients on Your Clerkships

When joining a clinical team during clerkships, one of the first things you will be asked is, “Are there any patients you are particularly interested in following?” When you are nervous about performance, it can be tempting to choose a relatively simple patient. Here, I will encourage you to choose difficult patients. 1. Faster LearningContinue reading “5 Reasons to Take the Difficult Patients on Your Clerkships”

The Value of Reflection

My medical school occasionally required us to turn in written assignments where we would have to reflect on certain rotations or clinical exercises, as is commonplace across the country. Though it may seem like frivolous busywork, there is substantial value in regular reflection. Regular reflection helps you develop a skill set that will aid yourContinue reading “The Value of Reflection”