Hi everyone! Sorry for being so inactive - things got super hectic and in all honesty I became a bit lazy in checking this account. Just wanted to bring you guys some good news - I just got my MCAT score a couple days ago and I am beyond happy! I was dreaming and hoping for a 512 but I could never have imagined getting over 90th percentile. I am so so excited for the future.
Hope everything is going well with you 💕
Yay, it’s officially every basic girl’s favourite season 🍂☕️ & the start of the weekend! It’s definitely not cozy sweater weather yet as the weather is +30 degrees celsius today and for the next couple days. Warm weather will not deter me from getting pumpkin spice lattes though 💁🏻. This week we wrapped up the learning of the musculoskeletal system and our evaluation on the material we covered is on Monday so a lot of studying to do this weekend. We covered acute and chronic back pain as well as ankylosing spondylitis which is a type of inflammatory arthritis in the joints of the spine. We had our anatomy and clinical skills evaluation for this unit this past week. In 4 weeks, we covered all the major muscles, bones, peripheral nerves and related physiology, diseases and common injuries - it’s been busy/overwhelming to say the least. Next unit: Neurology! Second last unit before the start of Clerkship (medical education term for placements - being in a the clinic setting instead of classroom rotating in different medical specialities) 😱
....been avoiding getting this thing for the longest....cause I literally hate doing what everyone else is doing, and all throughout med school I saw 90% of med students toting this thing like it gave them super gunner powers or whatnot. So I used a basic 6 dollar clipboard folder from staples and kept it pushing.
But I decided to try to become more organized and get one. Now it is overpriced, but I can see why folks like this thing. Doesn't give me any super uppity prick powers unlike others lol, but it's kinda legit. Sturdy, thin, compact, good for notes. Just get it from amazon, at least you can save a few dollars there.
Still can't believe I got one tho lol.
One of the best pieces of advice that I have received prior to and during clerkship is to always aim to be at the level above where you currently are at. For example, as a premed, aim to learn at the level of a med student, at the level of a ms3/ms4, aim to be at the level of an intern/resident, as a intern/resident ➡ chief/fellow...and so on. One way I do that aside from just working hard lol is by subscribing to the NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) Resident bulletin. It's a weekly emailed filled with two main teaching topics, with a quick synopsis of clinical pearls and morning report questions. And you can also subscribe to get weekly emails in any topic that you may be interested in (Cardio, Heme/Onc, GI...etc). Not only does this help us from being complacent and stagnant to where we are at, but it also helps us to stay in the know of the most current information in the medical world allowing us to become better physicians and practitioners. Go for more. Loveeee.
Happy 1st Day of Fall!!🌻🍂 For many of us, autumn welcomes fresh beginnings and lots of change. This fall, it was the first semester of my whole life that I didn't go back to school for classes. Post-graduation life is very very different. I have spent my summer studying away for the MCAT & working jobs I am not really passionate about. This fall, I get to teach a first-year Biology Lab at my alma mater--which I am super stoked about! This fall, I will FINALLY register to take the MCAT!😬 Lots of things will be changing over the next few months and I am both excited and nervous! But change is necessary, and change is good. So, bring it on, Fall 2017🤗
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Clinical Skills lessons teach us how to perform different elements of the patient exam, and I've been loving them. We started out doing blood pressure and basic vitals, moved on to the HEENT (head, eyes, ears, neck and throat) exam and this week, we focused on the pulmonary exam: palpation, percussion, auscultation! I still haven't mastered the art of percussion, but we finally got to listen to the lungs with our stethoscopes, which always makes me feel a little more "doctor-y" and makes the long hours of studying a little more bearable. My favorite part of the HEENT exam is checking for consensual pupil response 👀❤️
Today was hard & these last 3 weeks were hard. This block has been the most difficult experience in med school so far. BUT exams are over and I finally have some time to watch Netflix and not feel guilty 🤗 although things have been extremely difficult and draining, I'm so grateful to be where I am❤️ I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!!! I'll be going to a wine a jazz festival tomorrow 🍷let me know what you're up to!!
The hardest thing about the journey to medical school for me is WAITING. 🤦🏻♀️ First, it was waiting a month for my MCAT results. Then waiting for secondary applications, and then it's waiting for interviews. But the MOST grueling wait of all, is the wait AFTER an interview for a decision to be made! 😩 I interviewed at one of my top choices 2 weeks ago, and I'm at the point where I am refreshing my portal every 30 minutes. Luckily, I received my 2nd acceptance from a school today, so the thrill is keeping me preoccupied for a bit! 🙈
So, it's been 4 days since I've made a post 😳 I honestly had a pretty rough week. I felt frustrated, overwhelmed, and unmotivated. I didn't study as much as I wanted to, and then subsequently felt really shitty. But it's Friday, and I have the day off, which means that it's time to suck it up and get back into hustle mode. I have 2 exams this week so there are no excuses, I HAVE to put in the work this weekend. Being in school and working 20 hours a week on top of that definitely takes a lot out of you, so shout out to all my fellow working students! 💪🏼 I've already absorbed a lot of information today, so I'm definitely feeling more confident 🙌🏼
Last bit of energy I have left this week thriving on coffee. 3 exams, 1 lab quiz, and 1 breakdown later, so ready for the weekend. Have not cried because I was stressed in a while lol. I'm really bad at taking mental breaks, so remember to take a mental break once in a while. Be easy on yourself. Happy Friday y'all and also happy first day of fall! 🍂 I'm catching up on sleep this weekend before 2nd round of exams coming soon. What are you doing this weekend?!
Sometimes you have to admit when you're struggling: I've been so busy with work because I've been asked to pick up extra shifts that I've been falling behind on my study schedule 😰 #myscrubslife#lindastudies#studywithlinda
S T R E T C H ~ B R E A T H E// sometimes ya just need a little reminder😉 •
Absolutely loving the pieces that came in month's @ellieactivewear box! Remember that you can now do the 3 item box for $39.95 or the 5 item for $49.95. •
Tbh, this activewear is going towards ACTIVELY STUDYING this weekend 🤣📚🤓 #mylife (although that just reminded me that I should def get a few breaks in to get my body moving🤸🏾♀️) What will you be up to!? Happy Friday loves!!❤️#ambassador
Intuitively, we know what shock entails, but it's still difficult to define. There are different types, different etiologies, and different treatments. Nearly 150 years ago, Dr. Samuel Gross described shock as the "rude unhinging of the machinery of life." For his time, this was an incredibly insightful observation. Plus his use of "rude" is just awesome! 😊 As a critical care fellow, I routinely deal with various kinds of shock and am humbled by Dr. Gross' keen understanding of this process. It's important that we understand shock in the context of both failure of substrate delivery and/or utilization by the cellular machinery (mitochondria and other organelles) to best treat our patients.
If someone were to ask me what the point of this Instagram is, I'd respond that this Instagram page exists to motivate other like-minded individuals on their premed/med/life journey. Guys, the premed journey is tough & I've learned that perseverance is the greatest asset that honestly any person can have, not just a pre-med student. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, DO. NOT. GIVE. UP. Just don’t. This thing is tough, but it is doable. The journey to the medical field is a marathon. Find a good pace and stick with it. You’ll get to the finish line.#friyay#motivation
Owe it all to this woman. Very fortunate to have a mother who was always there for me and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in life which only motivates me more to work hard so that I can hopefully better the lives of my patients one day as a physician.
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It's been such a busy week!
1️⃣ I had my practice anatomy practical, which I felt went well
2️⃣ Met with my research mentor for the first time about a project I'm working on - he's a really famous doctor who our school of public health is named after!
3️⃣ Got to practice finding the optic nerve in the eye and the radial and median nerves in the forearm with an ultrasound machine
4️⃣ Traced action potentials and tweaked ion current and conductance in a nerve lab
5️⃣ Picked up my tailored maid of honor dress for my cousin's wedding!
Ever since you were little, you were told to DREAM BIG. "Reach for the stars" they said because the sky is the limit and nothing is impossible. But then you grew older and the realities of life forced their way in and took you on a path that was never apart of the plan. You begin to realize just what it'll take to accomplish your dream...and you pause...
Can I do this?
Am I good enough?
Is it even worth it?
There have been many times that I've been told that my dreams were too big. Become a Division I collegiate athlete? Sure, it's possible. But pre-med too? "I don't think so Alana".
Much responsibility comes when you dare to dream big. It's one thing to say that you dream of playing your favorite sport at the collegiate level while also working towards getting into medical school. It's a completely different story when you actually open that door.
If you dare to dream big then understand that that will require hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and the courage to hold on "when all seems lost".
Never let anyone tell you that your dream is too big. If the sky is the limit then keep pushing the boundaries for your potential runs deeper than you think.
Buckle your seatbelt - this is going to be a bumpy ride. But accept the responsibility that comes with dreaming big and press go! You never know what's possible until you try.
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Nothing quite like having your other half cook you a surprise delicious dinner after coming home from a long work day🙌🏻😍 Dinner from the other day when @al_rocha90 came to visit me. Chicken he topped with red pepper hummus among other things, which I have never tried before and it was 👌💯 #Blessed to have a boyfriend who can cook🙈
Sick Kids is leaving me with barely any time for me, I'm spending 12+ hours at the hospital, waking up at 5:30 every morning and barely working out, but I love getting to see some of the sickest patients get better😊 the kids can be hilarious and super cute. The baby cuddles and smiles make my day💜 Still pretty clueless with half the stuff that goes on/what the patients have, but doubt that will change anytime soon😝
Happy Friday Eve! Can't wait for the weekend to sleep in and get some work done🛌 #dinner#latergram#highprotein#lowcarb#pediatrics#electives#longdays#toronto
Saying farewell to summer
from an incredible front row box
with stellar company as well,
has got me reminiscing...
I took my 1st course in western music at a local
junior college during my 9th grade summer.
My professor, a pipe organist, took us on a tour
from the Middle Ages,
to the Renaissance,
through the Baroque Age,
into the Classical Period,
over the Romantic Era
and into the 20th Century.
I fell in love with the music on tape.
Now I'm in the 20th grade ☺️,
in the 21st century
listening to Classical music
in the flesh.
Today was a blink. I feel really grateful to have spent 12 solid hours studying for physics--maybe a weird statement, but 12 hours of focused time is a gift. I'm still too germy for my hospital volunteer shift (a bummer because it's so fulfilling and wonderful, but maybe a blessing in disguise) and my other coursework and freelance work is on track. Tanya made dinner and took our dogs to the park, which gave me extra time (she's amazing). ✨ •
I'm going to sleep feeling like I'm giving this my all. This test will be hard but I've done my best, and my best is enough because I am enough. I am enough. And you are enough. I hope you feel that in your soul. You are perfect as you are, and YOU ARE ENOUGH. 💕 • 📷: @yumuniverse