💊 MY PATH TO MEDICINE💉
so one of the beautiful things about getting to be called “doctor” one day, is that everyone’s path is unique. this is a big reason why I try and enforce “take advice with a grain of salt” & “do what works for you” because everyone’s path is very different. sure volunteer work, research, etc matters, but chances are no 2 people have the exact same resume. so how did I get here?
I did my undergraduate at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (go owls! 🦉). I received my bachelors degree in biology and had my school offered a chemistry minor I would have one of those too BUT they didn’t 🧪 so one degree for me😂. In undergrad I ran NCAA Division I Track and Field (400m hurdles❤️). So finding time to volunteer on top of the obligations of a student-athlete (which if you’re not one, you pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe sport) was difficult. But I managed to do cardiovascular research at TempleU SOM, volunteer at Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital, tutor students at the Phila public schools, go on a medical mission trip to Ghana, and I worked flipping tables at Cracker Barrel.
I bombed the old MCAT, applied to US schools (both MD and DO) and was rejected everywhere (obviously). So I took a gap year to study for the new MCAT and improved but still bombed it😅. So I took a gap year and worked doing clinical research interpreting EKGs all day, to determine if the drugs were safe on le heart for marketing.
During that time I applied to 3 Caribbean schools, interviewed at all 3, and ultimately chose SGU. I rocked STEP1 despite being told that I wouldn’t bc of my MCAT score💁🏼♀️and here I am — applying for a residency and with a few more months of hard work, I know I’ll be where I want to be (send your good vibes and good luck please 🙏🏼)!
I might not be where I need/want to be yet, but it’s important and rewarding to reflect on how far you’ve come when you’ve put in so many years of hard work. So wherever you are in your journey, remember that you will always get out the work that you put in 🙏🏼 keep grinding 💪🏼
I know ppl inquire about scores/undergrad GPA so if you want them bc it helps you get a better measure, just DM me!
✔Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital cardiac malformation that consists of an interventricular communication, also known as a ventricular septal defect, obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract, override of the ventricular septum by the aortic root, and right ventricular hypertrophy.
Patients nowadays usually present as neonates, with cyanosis of varying intensity based on the degree of obstruction to flow of blood to the lungs.The aetiology is multifactorial, but reported associations include untreated maternal diabetes, phenylketonuria, and intake of retinoic acid. Associated chromosomal anomalies can include trisomies 21, 18, and 13, but recent experience points to the much more frequent association of microdeletions of chromosome 22.
✔Tetralogy of Fallot symptoms vary, depending on the extent of obstruction of blood flow out of the right ventricle and into the lungs. Signs and symptoms may include:
A bluish coloration of the skin caused by blood low in oxygen (cyanosis),
Shortness of breath and rapid breathing, especially during feeding or exercise,
Loss of consciousness (fainting),
Clubbing of fingers and toes — an abnormal, rounded shape of the nail bed,
Poor weight gain,
Tiring easily during play or exercise,
A heart murmur,
✔Tetralogy of Fallot occurs during fetal growth, when the baby's heart is developing. While factors such as poor maternal nutrition, viral illness or genetic disorders might increase the risk of this condition, in most cases the cause of tetralogy of Fallot is unknown.
✔The four abnormalities that make up the tetralogy of Fallot include:
Pulmonary valve stenosis,Ventricular septal defect,Overriding aorta,Right ventricular hypertrophy. .
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This piece of advice probably comes as a no-brainer. But why is it so important, beyond getting people to like you? 🧐
The answer lies in the halo effect, which posits that others’ overall impressions of us influences their thoughts about our specific traits. 😇
For example, if an admissions interviewer or secretary believes you are positive and like them (achieved by smiling), confident (sitting up straight), or polite, they will also be more likely to think you are intelligent, well spoken, and so on. 🤓
A little effort up front to make a good first impression can serve as an ultra-effective lead domino for high interview scores. 👩🏫👨🏫
On the other hand, a negative first impression will force you to fight an uphill battle the rest of the time. 🧗♂️
Check out our guide “How to Ace Your Medical School Interviews” for more tips. Link in bio! ✅
I keep hearing from students who say the hardest part of being #premed
is comparing yourself to others and feeling like you don't match up.
You need to realize you're not alone if you feel this.
Everyone faces struggles on the premed path—because the path is HARD.
So you're not abnormal or inadequate.
Part of the reason the premed path is so hard is that doctors need to be resilient.
This was something @prerakcity
talked about when I interviewed him on The Premed Years. Prerak said:
"The path is so long and so brutal… that you have to have these moments where you're like, 'Am I cut out for this?' At the end of the day, they make you stronger. Because if you can make it through that, it shows that you have the resilience and determination to make it through 10-15 more years of schooling."
So recognize that struggling IS the path—or it's part of the path (there's great parts, too!).
And continuing forward through your struggling—and finding a way when it's hard—that's how you grow into someone who's capable of carrying this great responsibility of treating patients.
So never expect to do perfectly on this path.
Just expect yourself to be resilient enough to keep finding the way forward, to keep adjusting course and moving toward this goal.
If you want to hear my full interview with Prerak, check it out at the link in my bio! He's currently a #medstudent
at Yale, but he was only just about to start when we had our interview. He tells some really interesting stories about his premed path, finding his authenticity, and making that come out in his interviews.
Enjoying my last week before I start my new job as a certified surgical assistant in gynecology and urology.👩🏻⚕️ ————————————————
So what exactly am I going to be doing?
• I will be positioning the patient for surgery.
• Prep the appropriate surgical site.
• Insert a Foley catheter, if needed.
• During surgery, I will help expose the surgical site and assist the surgical team.
• After surgery, I will close the wound with stitches and apply the appropriate dressing.
How did I get here?
• I attended a one year program in my area that required a Bachelor’s degree. •This program also requires certain prerequisites such as microbiology, anatomy (IMPORTANT), biology and chemistry.
• I needed to log in 950 clinical hours in order to graduate.
• I took two national certification exams. ————————————————
I’m here to bring awareness to this upcoming career in medicine. It’s fun, rewarding and I go to learn a lot during my clinicals. 🙌🏼
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Job security is a myth. Just this year Walmart laid off 40% of its pharmacists. General Motors, Lowe’s, Uber and other companies announced massive layoffs as well.
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Back from a long hiatus! Thank you to Chai’s mom for showing us a great time! Stop by @chaicoffeeco
for all your coffee & pug life needs 🤗
An unexpected morning off = a perfect opportunity for some studying with Olie 💕
The one non-ideal thing about this rotation is that my shelf studying & rotation studying aren’t exactly the same. 🤦🏻♀️ I’ve covered all of the ENT shelf material & it’s not nearly deep enough to help me on service, so I’ve turned to higher level ENT specific resources & whipped out the old anatomy pictures to help me there. 💀
At the same time, there are a lot of surgical topics I may not see during this 3 month foray into surgery. Between @uworld
, and reading Pestana & DiVirgilio, I should cover my bases. 📚📚📚I’m attempting to preload my studying now, because my schedule won’t be so nice on Trauma next month. 😬
🚨How I went from a 168 NBME to a 233 STEP 1 Score🚨
First thing : not everyone gets 250s+. We all want it but it doesn’t always happen homie🤷🏾♀️. I worked hard, extremely hard and am so proud of the score my Lord blessed me with
As you can see I started at a low baseline. And let me tell you I was scared AF when I saw that. I said to myself “Michelle wtf have you been doing for 2 years bih” ... so let me break somethings down for you :
1️⃣ Don’t be Alarmed by Your Baseline Score - NBME is used for you to notice your knowledge gaps. So clearly when you start off with dedicated you may not be where you want to be. (My ass was way off💀) but I did cry multiple times when my first 3 NBME weren’t passing. But then I realized even if I didn’t pass, my score increased so I was doing something right.
2️⃣ Weekly NBMEs during dedicated - when my tutor first wanted me to do this I was scared af. I hate practice exams. But boy I am so glad I set my schedule like this. By the time my real exam came around the 8 hr test did not seem as daunting cause I had been taking mini ones all dedicated
3️⃣ Reviewing your NBME - I reviewed every single question. Even if I got it right just to make sure I know why I got it right. There is a website made by students I believe of ppl posting the explanations to answers of all the NBMEs it was super helpful Bc trying to find all the answers yourself is time consuming and in dedicated Time is money.
4️⃣Assess Your Subject Weaknesses - I did this weekly with my tutor (@theactway4step
, it’s helpful to have someone help!). If I did horrible in biochem one week, we would add a couple extra hours in the week dedicated to biochem. This I believe is what helped me the most.
5️⃣ Stop Listening to What Reddit says - I don’t think anything can be a predictive of what you will face the day of STEP. Every test is different. Every day is different. Reading all those things will only bring anxiety, speaking from experience lol🙅🏾♀️
6️⃣ Prayer - My God is Amazing 🙏🏾
SN : Y’all I’ve been looking like a bum for the past 2 months - so I have no brand new pics 😭 so get used to throwbacks until Clinicals lol
Let's talk about... podcasting lectures in med school. What do you guys think? I am trying to figure out what lectures I should go to and what lectures I should podcast. We have small group activities Wednesday-Friday, but any lecture that is NOT small group is NOT required.
Pros of going to lecture:
☑️ Ability to ask questions during lecture
☑️ Community (you actually interact with fellow students!)
☑️ Anything else?
Pros of podcasting:
☑️ Speeding up/Slowing down lectures
☑️ Ability to pause a lecture and go back
☑️ Anything else?
I think I will end up going to some lectures, but probably podcast a lot of them. It will probably depend on the lecturer and topic. There are also certain lectures that are "flipped" classroom, where it is supposed to be more discussion based so it may be more helpful to be in class. Lectures are posted online as soon as they finish, so really you aren't "behind" if you podcast as it is only an hour difference. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this! ♥️
How to be the Worst Vet Student Ever:
The past few weeks as vet students are beginning vet school or heading back, I have gotten a million questions about how to succeed in vet school. As a self proclaimed non-expert on vet school, I never intended on sharing tips or advice for students. First, because this page isn’t a vet school guide book (there are great accounts out there though for that that I’ll tag below!) but secondly because everyone’s journey through school is SO different. Then I realized, THAT is the point! Everyone’s journey is SO 👏🏼 DIFFERENT 👏🏼 so buckle up kids- here are the tips I followed to succeed, nay, SLAY vet school 💁🏼♀️
1. Do things OUTSIDE of vet school. Whether it’s training for a half marathon, having a part time job (hey @sugarandbronzebr
), going to a local running club meet up, becoming involved in volunteer opportunities in the area, whatever. Don’t solely become involved in the school and all things veterinary medicine. Begin practicing work/life balance now, so you don’t have to suddenly learn when you graduate!
2. Don’t go to class.... or do. Whatever works for YOU. Let me tell you, your learning style is YOURS, and no one can tell you how you learn or study best. For me, my second and third year I NEVER went to class. I watched the lectures online (bless up, Panopto ✌🏽), which we were lucky enough to have access to for all of our classes, and studied at home or at coffee shops. And you know what? My grades improved drastically doing that!! I was judged hard, even by my closest friends for that approach, but you know what? Grades don’t lie, and I was a much happier human being not being in a classroom 8-5.
3. Pick up a healthy habit right out of the gate, before professional school flattens you and tries to kick you while you’re down. Running, substituting veggies for chips at lunch, pick something. The stress of professional school is real, and before you look in the mirror second year and don’t recognize yourself, adopt a few ways to stay healthy while also trying to keep your head above water.
Continued in the comments bc I’m too long winded 😂
It’s her last day working in the medical 🏥 field for now! Thank you Dr. Hattwick (Holton-Arms 👩🎓 Alumnae) for providing this incredible experience for @sekaiparkerr.
The week was action packed from meeting with patients, running diagnostics, learning to cast and casting, soothing infants, calming nervous parents, learning a ton of anatomy and witnessing/assisting in 3 very important surgeries. I’m sure today will be as action packed as all the others and we are grateful. SeKai is inspired to continue her medical journey towards becoming a surgeon! She is was intrigued by orthopedics prior but now believes that pediatrics may be a great placement for her. As a consequence she has decided to continue with her Spanish language studies so to become fully fluent. She was astounded by Dr. Hattwick’s ability to communicate with all of her patients but also how knowing the language served as a bridge to great care but also as a calming and reassuring mechanism for Spanish speaking families. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and SeKai is so humbled, honored and appreciative. #Sekaigoestocollege #FutureMd #SeKaiTheSurgeon
Holton-Arms School produces dynamic women and I am so glad that SeKai was able to be lead, guided and inspired by a fellow Holton-Arms sister.