Planning 4th year of med school

Okay, this is about to be a long post. Obviously, a lot goes into planning your 4th year of med school. Especially if your school is like mine and basically gives us complete control of the planning process. I had to plan each rotation myself, including finding preceptors/institutions, applying through VSAS/VSLO, establishing affiliation agreements, and…

Flashcards for boards: SketchyMicro & SketchyPharm Anki decks

These are complete SketchyMicro and SketchyPharm Anki decks that I made while I was studying for USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1! I found that Anki was the best way for me to memorize all of the SketchyMedical sketches. I still remember them all and use this knowledge in my clinical rotations. I’m telling you, Anki =…

Studying for boards: USMLE Step 1 + COMLEX Level 1

I have put off writing this post about my USMLE Step 1 & COMLEX Level 1 study strategies for a couple reasons: (1) I wanted to wait until I got my scores back to know whether or not my advice was credible and (2) I do NOT want this post to be about comparison. I…

OMS Day of Wellness

In advance of National OMS Day of Wellness on February 16, 2018, I wanted to share a video that some of my dearest friends put together for this year’s OMS Day of Wellness. As part of the Mentality Initiative to Nurture Doctors (MIND) at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), our goal is to promote…

Surviving Pulmonology in Med School

So this blog post is a bit of an odd approach, because cardiology and pulmonology/respiratory are so delicately intertwined that they are almost always studied together as cardiopulmonary (also how my block was structured). However, as I mentioned in my Cardiology blog post, I wanted to provide specific tips for studying each subject so that I…

Surviving Cardiology in Med School

Cardio… ? *cue romantic music*  But really, it’s been my favorite block in medical school thus far. Cardiology is intimately intertwined with pulmonology, but for the sake of consistency and targeted study tips, I will address them separately here on my blog. You can read my tips for pulm/respiratory in my pulmonology post. I’ve mentioned before how…

Surviving Neurology in Medical School

Being completely honest, I disliked neurology. Not so much the subject, but rather the process of learning it. Every block in medical school requires countless hours of studying, but depending on how much you enjoy the subject, those hours can feel more or less tedious. Neuro is extremely complex, and there is still so much about the brain…