The dreaded MCAT

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cue the dark music here. Does anyone actually enjoy studying for the MCAT? Let me start by saying that this blog post is not meant to discuss the actual test content or scoring, especially because I took the test TEN years ago. Yes my friends, the test was still on paper when I took it for the first time. I am indeed showing my age. I am here to tell you about MY experience with the MCAT, and it was not pretty. Viewer discretion advised… I took the MCAT for the first time during my junior year of college. I…

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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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What is a post-baccalaureate program?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For those of you that don’t know, I did a post-baccalaureate (post-bacc) program between my senior year of college, and medical school.  A post-bacc premedical program is a post-degree program that typically consists of one to two years of science classes, and sometimes MCAT preparation, with a goal of preparing a student to matriculate into medical school. There are many of these programs throughout the country, however they all vary greatly. Each student looking into these programs should be aware of the financial cost, requirements, and terms of admission or any future admission into medical school. There are a variety…

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MY MINI BIRTHDAY GETAWAY

Monday, May 15, 2017

If you’re like me, you love birthdays. I don’t just enjoy my own birthday; I enjoy ALL birthdays! I feel birthdays are like holidays. They bring friends and family together, there is always good food (and hopefully cake), and it’s a day to reflect on the positive things in life.     After 31 years, I feel like I have finally found a good life balance, and my true happiness. This year, it wasn’t about what I was doing or whom I was hanging out with. It didn’t matter how many people came to my party or if there were…

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Boston

Sunday, May 7, 2017

This May marked my second trip to Boston, MA. My first visit was for an Emergency Medicine conference, so I didn’t have much down time. This trip was vacation-related so I was able to enjoy the city AND happened to be traveling with someone who knows Boston very well 😉 I try to travel light and comfortable, but the East Coast weather always gets me! I opted for multiple pieces of luggage, to ensure I could fit all of my wardrobe options, and enough room for workout clothes! I was really excited to stay at The Lennox Hotel, which was…

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