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...

Physicians: A History of Healing and Torture

“Primum non nocere” – Do no harm  Every year just before the weather chills and the trees begin to brace themselves against the long nights ahead loads of medical students gather in auditoriums across the country to recite the immortal phrases set down by Hippocrates thousands...

A Simple Timeline for Residency Applications

Starting fourth year of medical school a paradoxical sense of relief and worry washes over you at the same time. Relief that Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS are done–so no more studying for a while! Worry because of the looming question, what happens next? The excitement of this next chapter in...

4th Year: Enter the Sub-I. Top 5 Things That Changed

I remember walking onto the floors of my first rotation exactly one year ago. It was like spectating an intense game of basketball right from center court. “Oh excuse me am I in your way?” “Oh ya, let me get that for you!” “Hey, want some water?” Feeling out of...

Lessons Learned During Step 2 CK Studying

Studying for an extended period of time is the ultimate insight into the basic idea of “improving”. Becoming more efficient at tasks or even learning how to maximize our own potential is something most of us spend a lifetime trying to gain control of. As medical students we’re...

3 Tips for Dealing with the Unpredictable

It doesn’t take long for the first year medical student to come to grips with the time consuming nature of medicine. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten it all under control another something happens to send you into a frenzy (are we all control freaks?). I guess if anything med...