Category - MS-4

Posts during fourth year of medical school

Wherever The Heart Goes

It’s hard to believe that within a few short months I’ll be leaving the comforts of my home to begin life anew halfway across the country.  July 1st is quietly approaching and hospitals around the country are preparing for their new class of interns. Some with anticipation, and others...

Paperwork For New Interns

It’s officially 2 months until I don the white coat and after a decade of higher education be called with that lofty title, Doctor. You’d think I’d be spending my time reading about diseases, figuring out my approach when talking to patients and preparing for the onslaught of new...

The “Other Side” of Healthcare:...

Big changes are happening in healthcare. As physicians most of you are are aware of the increasing emphasis on primary care and the ever tightening budget that is restructuring how doctor’s are paid [quality over quantity]. Change is also happening here on the pharmaceutical side of things...

Interview: Insight from the Pharmacy for New Interns

During wards and even in medical school I always heard the phrase the “health-care team”. A team-oriented approach is vital for the patient’s well-being and finding career success in medicine. The paternalistic, sovereign physician working alone into the night is a thing of the...

3 Dimensions of the First U.S African American...

In the morning of August 16, 1832 a 19 year old James McCune Smith stepped onto the wooden ship Caledonia on the piers of NY and set sail for Glasgow University across the sea to Scotland. He was leaving behind a world of prejudice, racial tension, and discouraging barriers to pursue his dream of...

6 Critical Questions I Ask Myself When Ranking...

Making my rank list order has been one of the most tedious tasks of my life.  One second I feel like Program A is the best fit for me and before you know it Program B has made its case to be at the top.  A few minutes later I’m considering Program C and then the process repeats itself. Is...

7 Tips for Residency Interviews

It’s mid-January and by now I’ve been to the majority of my interviews. They’ve stretched from New York City all the way to the Midwest and each program I’ve visited has had it’s own unique flavor. A couple of months ago one of the things on my mind was creating a...

5 Thoughts I Had The Day I Graduated Medical School

Last week on December 26th 2014 I officially became a medical doctor. Graduating from a Caribbean medical school means that our timeframe can sometimes become a little bit off cycle [due to one reason or another] and it’s possible to finish a couple weeks or months ahead of schedule [like...

6 Favorite Photos from my Medical Mission to Nepal

Where are your friends? Who go with you? Which land is your home? What place do you seek, Traveler? With what news do you roam? My friend is decent diligence. Courage comes with me The whole world’s my home To heart-land I roam with hues of Humanity Original Photography by Osman...