Systems: MSK

Hey guys! As promised, I am here to provide my favorite tips and tricks as well as a brief overview of each system I’ve studied in medical school. Our first system was Musculoskeletal. I’ll start off by saying that this was by far my absolute favorite system hands down!!! In comparison to the first semester of medical school, this was like a breath of fresh air. But that’s not to say I didn’t study my butt off. As I mentioned in my last Summer Series post, I got into a car accident on the first day of Christmas break, thereby totalling my vehicle and being stuck in bed, in pain, and without a car for 2 weeks. #bummer

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New Year… Better You. ❤️

How many of you out there truly believe in the concept of the cliche phrase, ‘New Year New Me’? I hear it often and see it as a trending hashtag on social media, but what does that really mean? How will the difference in a day (Dec 31, 2017 —> Jan 1 2018) really make you a new person? What’s wrong with the old you that makes you feel like you need to change? I honestly think the phrase is too telling of potential insecurities we all have of not being good enough or not being who we really want to be with the hopes of a new year making us a new and improved person. But I challenge you to instead try this — be a better version of the already amazing, wonderful, and beautifully created person that you already are.

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Summer Series: Mod 1 Recap, End of Semester Reflections & Winter Break

Aright guys, we’ve reached the end of the summer series about Module 1 of medical school—which just happened to extend into Fall due to my crazy start to second year this July! 😂 Pretty much everything else about Module 1 is very similar to the way it begins: lecture exams, lab exams, SP exams, quizzes, stress, fast pace, and lots of fun. So I’ll use this post to talk about end-of-semester things and how I spent my winter break before the beginning of the 2nd semester.

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Summer Series: What’s an SP Exam?

Alright guys after that VERY extended break from the first year summer series, here’s the last post specific to the first semester of medical school before my wrap up summary for the series. So, what’s an SP exam? Standardized Patient (SP) exams are a chance for people at my school to get an opportunity to perform histories & physical exams for practice in 1st and 2nd years before we’re required to do it for real in the hospital as 3rd & 4th years. These exams are thrown into the schedule around the time of your other exams for an exam cycle & they usually pertain to a specific bodily ‘system’. For example, if you’re in the Musculoskeletal course, your SP exam will only include you performing the history & physical (H&P) portions of an exam pertaining to the Muscoloskeletal system. (don’t worry, I have lots to share about each system I’ve taken thus far in my upcoming ‘Course Reviews’ series! :)). Module 1 is a bit different from the rest of pre-clinical years because it isn’t systems based. So these SP exams tend to be more general and only involve taking a patient’s vital signs and writing a brief physical exam about their chief complaint.

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Summer Series: Year One–Exam Time

Hey guys! Back again for another summer series post about year one! Today we reach the dreaded discussion of exam time. The best way to do this is talk about the exams in the order in which I took them and then talk about what happens afterwards.

*standardized patient exams were not included in the first two exam cycles so I’ll wait to explain that later in the Summer Series

Lab Practicals:

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Summer Series: Year One — All Summer ’16

Hey guys!

First off I wanted to say thanks so much for the feedback on my end of the year post! I will be making weekly vlogs that discuss the things you all wanna hear about, starting this Friday! So stay tuned 🙂 In the mean time I thought Wednesdays would be a great day to talk it up about Year One, step by step–starting with the summer before it started!

My medical school has an awesome opportunity for up to 15 (my year there were only 6) selected incoming first year students who get a med school ‘crash course’ of sorts.  Continue reading

Food for Belly–Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Hey guys!

So I recently (and by recently I mean literally this morning) started my vegan journey! I’ve been wanting to try veganism since last Fall but with a hectic school schedule and minimal opportunities to research the lifestyle in my sparce ‘down-time’, I decided in January that I would start this summer. Today is day one and it’s definitely been eye-opening thus far. I never realized how hard it would be for a southern girl to give up the butter but I’m excited to take on the challenge. For dinner I wanted something filling so I decided to go for some sweet potato fries. The recipe was fairly simple and I added my own twist!

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One and Done ✓

Hello all!

I know, I know it’s been FOREVER. Let’s just say medical school took up a lot more of my time than I expected. But I can thankfully say that as of today my first year of medical school is complete! My first year was one of the most challenging, exhilarating, crazy, fun, horrifying, and intense experiences of my life. I have worked harder, slept less, and stressed more than I ever have before–and I loved every minute of it. I initially tried to take on more than I could handle outside of school which is why I had to sacrifice posting on the blog. I regret not taking you all on my journey with me through first year, but hopefully my summer plans will make up for it.  Continue reading