Choosing Psychiatry

Latest posts by Patricia Oby Ekwueme, MD, MPH (see all)

One of the first lessons I learned in medical school is that there is no right way to do things. Before medical school, I knew that I wanted to work with minority communities, but had not decided on a specialty. During my pre-clinical years, I realized that nothing particularly stood out to me. I enteredContinue reading “Choosing Psychiatry”

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”

The Secret to Medical School

Congratulations. For some of you, getting accepted to medical school was a pipe dream; for some of you, it was something that you had to apply multiple times for; for some of you, it was something you always planned on doing and you got accepted on the first time with relative ease. Regardless, you areContinue reading “The Secret to Medical School”

The Benefits of Exercise in Medical School

I have valued exercise most of my adult life and found it particularly beneficial in medical school. While we all know this, it is important that I remind you of the benefits of regular exercise and its importance for your physical and mental well-being.  Making physical activity a part of your routine also establishes aContinue reading “The Benefits of Exercise in Medical School”

Five Habits to Establish as a First Year Medical Student

Over the next several weeks first year medical students all over the country will be embarking on the beginning of their medical education. Getting accepted into medical school is huge accomplishment that denotes a level of commitment and perseverance over several years. With the daunting task of medical school facing you, it is important toContinue reading “Five Habits to Establish as a First Year Medical Student”

The Importance of the Right Study Partner(s)

Having (or not having) study partners is a key decision in medical school. If you are a lone wolf studier, as many are, that is great. If you prefer the company of others or learn better as a part of a team, then carefully consider who you choose to be your study partners. “Spend timeContinue reading “The Importance of the Right Study Partner(s)”

Purchase THIS Your First Day of Medical School

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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On the first day of medical school, purchase a copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1.  I did not find out about the resource and order it until about February of my first year of medical school, and once I had the book was not using First Aid properly until December of my second year when I beganContinue reading “Purchase THIS Your First Day of Medical School”

CV Template

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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While I should have been excited the first time I secured a meeting with an attending to discuss a potential research opportunity, I was incredibly anxious over one line in the attending’s email.  “Before our meeting, would you mind sending me a copy of your CV?”  As a first year medical student, all that IContinue reading “CV Template”