One medical student's simple approach to becoming a doctor

Thank You.

Thank You.

This will be my last post as a medical student. As I prepare to walk across the stage this afternoon to receive my medical degree, I find myself overwhelmed by gratitude. I am indebted to my family, my mentors, my teachers, my patients, my peers, my online community of colleagues, my friends, and all ofContinue Reading

Golf, Girls and Good Guys

Golf, Girls and Good Guys

I go to medical school with a bunch of amazing people, half of them are men. One thing needs to be absolutely clear- these are good, good men. They are the kind of men who will make wonderful physicians. They are the kind of men I would be proud to have as my brothers and the kindContinue Reading

Dear First/Fourth Year Me

Dear First/Fourth Year Me

I imagine that it’s normal the last week of medical school precipitates all sorts of feelings but my absurdly objective self was not quite prepared for the spectrum of emotion I’m experiencing. Gratefulness, pride, fear, happiness, nostalgia, sadness, regret, anticipation and excitement have made their way through my stream of consciousness since starting to writeContinue Reading

Don’t stop.

Don’t stop.

It happened innocently enough. I had just finished a half marathon and I figured a week of post-race rest would do no harm. The timing of this rest week happened to coincide with the beginning of my sixth block of clerkship and the beginning of eight weeks of surgery. I stopped running in July and for reasons I amContinue Reading

A medical student’s guide to owning your learning experience

A medical student’s guide to owning your learning experience

The topic of learning environments is a hot one at the Queen’s School of Medicine. Administration has been working carefully with students, residents and faculty to evaluate and improve the learning environment. This discussion doesn’t stem from any seriously identified problems unique to Queen’s but has precipitated out of a deep care and desire toContinue Reading