Change your mind, change the world

So you want to change the world?  First, you have to change your thoughts. I planted some sunflowers for my parents a bit ago, and my mother recently sent me the pictures below. They’re just about to bloom! To think that so much intricate beauty can come from a tiny seed. We’re a lot like…

MIND over Matter: Mental Health in Medical School

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 27% of medical students have depression or show depressive symptoms — ONE-THIRD of medical students — and 11% have suicidal tendencies. In addition, medical students are 5 times more likely to experience depression compared to the general population. But guess what? Only 16% of medical students…

Medical School: Drinking from a Fire Hydrant

It’s often said that learning in med school is “like drinking from a fire hydrant.” Who coined this phrase? Because they were spot on. It’s the start of my second week of medical school (only my second week and I’m already agreeing with this analogy! So… what’s week 10 going to look like?) My classmates…

White Coat Ceremony in Medicine

The White Coat Ceremony is a ritual that marks a student’s transition from pre-clinical studies into the study of medicine. Medical students experience their initial contacts with patients and establish their professional identity during medical school, not after their studies are completed. Thus, the White Coat Ceremony takes place before the start of classes, serving…

Why should I share my thoughts?

I’ve struggled with this question a bit. We live in a world where we can share our words in a matter of seconds, and that can be scary. When we publish or speak our thoughts, it can feel like we are either preaching to the choir or speaking to deaf ears. People have usually already…