Types of Doctors I Feel Like

Intern year is full of ups and downs; most news docs going through the grind will tell you the same. Some days I’m flying sky high and others I’m getting back to the drawing board to work on fundamentals like Charles Barkley in Space Jam. No matter what I do I always try to exude an air...

Night Float Month

Hi readers. I haven’t written since way back in July! No surprise there, was expecting to be a lot busier with the start of residency. I finished my first night float month in September and was in the middle of writing this piece. I decided to have some fun with it and talk about a few...

Remember Who You Are

I never thought intern year would be this hard. Scratch that– I did. I knew I wouldn’t know as much as I liked and that I wouldn’t have as much time as I used to. I knew I’d miss home and the people I left behind. Still, it doesn’t make the pressure of trying to...

The First Week of Residency, The Weight of...

If the hospital could be thought of as a giant wooden clock, then I the intern am the pendulum. Swinging between the raw excitement of finally wearing a long coat one minute–and the frightening realization of my quickly growing role the next. In the hallways when I walk in front of the...

How to Match into Family Medicine Residency —...

Family practice is a broad branch of medicine that encompasses delivering comprehensive health care to patients regardless of their age, gender, or type of problem. Family medicine physicians are often the first line of care in a primary care setting and are expected to play a central role in...

Orientation & Getting Ready for Intern Year

After eight long years of higher education the days are quickly dwindling to the morning I step into the cold, bustling hospital wing as a fresh intern. The past week has been a rush–meeting my new colleagues and getting to know the people I’ll be spending the majority of the next...

How to Match into Internal Medicine

Ah, internal medicine, possibly one of the more cerebral specialties and ironically the most poorly talked about. Bad hours, never-ending paperwork, and complex cases––maybe you’ve heard it, I definitely have. All I know is that I’m hurtling cross-country towards my new life as a...

How to Match into Psychiatry

Deciding to pursue a residency in psychiatry was a little scary for me. I figured out I wanted to go into psychiatry pretty much at the end of my third year (it was my last rotation, and I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician up until that point) and I have not looked back since! Below, I will...

How to Land a Fellowship after Residency

Just when you thought you were safe it’s that time again; where we start to think about How am I going to pay those loans back? What fellowship do I want to apply to? How can I get that fellowship when I am competing against so many people in my class? Well, I am here to help you with just...

My Grandfather Was a Physician

The ends of the black and white picture are fraying like a newspaper held over a warm flame. It’s a photo of my grandfather in the early 1900s; he’s wearing a suit and tie with wide, round rims that encircle his inquisitive eyes. Thick eyebrows comfortably perch on top of them. I grip...