Residency

How I feel about being a doctor… the unedited version

Saturday, March 3, 2018

  There are days when I let the superficial angst and anxiety of my job, consume my thoughts. Many days.  I sit in front of my computer charting, thinking about how much I hate it. “I hate my job”, sometimes creeps into my mind. You guys don’t often hear me talk about the negatives, I know. That’s because I try not to dwell in the negatives. If I did, it would really bring me down. Every job comes with positives and negatives, but medicine in particular, has it’s fair share of negatives. The long days, high level of stress, difficult…

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The big day, your interview (part 2: interview etiquette/questions)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

  Of course, deciding what to wear to your medical school or residency interview is difficult enough. But now… you have to nail the interview! A bangin’ suit won’t get you anywhere if you can’t navigate through all of those questions and awkward social encounters.   Step 1: Be Confident    The first step is presenting yourself with confidence. Smile. Be friendly. Sit up straight. Don’t fuss with your hair or outfit. Small talk is fine, but don’t be too intrusive with other applicants (i.e. what were your test scores, where else have you gotten in, etc- how annoying). Avoid…

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The big day, your interview (part 1: interview attire)

Monday, October 16, 2017

  If you’re wondering what to wear to your professional interview, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Showing up in your finest is a must! But what defines YOUR finest? This is largely subjective, my friends. The most important thing about dressing for this interview day, is that YOU feel good, and you feel like YOURSELF. Within reason of course. 🙂 Let me start by saying that I am not on an admissions committee currently, but I have been part of student admissions committees in the past, and I have participated as a resident interviewer. I have seen my fair share…

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Writing your personal statement

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  I like to write, but writing a personal statement isn’t exactly my idea of fun. It’s August, which means that many of you out there are starting to write your personal statements for residency or medical school applications. If you are struggling with where to start, don’t fret. Take your time, make a list of points you want to highlight, and tackle the personal statement little by little. This is not something you should finish in one day. The personal statement takes time, reflection, and editing… lots of editing. You should think about having 2-4 editors, of different backgrounds.But…

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Why Emergency Medicine?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The million-dollar question… why did I choose Emergency Medicine? My interest in Emergency Medicine began as an undergraduate student at Arizona State University. Most of the volunteer opportunities were in the Emergency Department, so I received most of my early exposure then. The Emergency Medicine physicians that I have met throughout my pre-medical and medical school training were always enthusiastic, fun, and seemed to love their job. They made it tough for me to love another field of medicine. That being said, I still planned to go into surgery all throughout medical school, up until it was time for me…

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