Category Archives: Medical School

Success on the Wards – Book Review

Success on the Wards – 250 Rules for Clerkship Success (Amazon) is easily the best book I have read on how to succeed in clerkship. It is comprehensive, thorough and jam-packed with valuable information. Dr. Desair and Dr. Katta provide an all encompassing look into what clerkship is really like. A

Cal Newport Book Reviews

Since a majority of my readers are undergraduate students, today I will review two books that I think are extremely useful for anyone currently in college or university. Both books are written by Cal Newport an academic faculty who is an expert on student success. I frequently read his blog

Match Day

This is it! Today is Match Day. Perhaps the most nerve wracking day of medical school. The day I find out where I will be for the next few years and which residency program has accepted me (or not). Surprisingly, I’m not that nervous. Considering there was nothing I could

Does “Doing Right” Prepare You for Medical School Interviews? – Book Review

Without a doubt, you will be asked ethic questions during your medical school and residency interviews. Schools want to see that you have a basic understanding of the many ethical decisions faced in medicine. A popular resource many medical students swear by and recommend is “Doing Right” by Dr. Philip

Balancing Exercise with Medical School

What makes the biggest difference to your health? According to Dr. Mike Evans, a  family medicine professor at St. Mike’s Hospital, exercising for just 30 minutes a day can have a big impact on your health! Staying active during medical school is one of the hardest things to do, especially

How We Should Die

A quote from a beautiful piece that has been going around the web by Ken Murray titled “How Doctors Die“ It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they

A Minimalist Life

A month ago, I came upon a collection of articles that challenged my ideas about time management. Being in medical school, there’ s often an endless list of activities to do – clinical duties, studying, research, volunteering, student groups. You get comfortable juggling multiple tasks, ambitious to do more. You

The Patient’s Family

Looking through my old drafts, I found a post written when I was starting medical school that was never published. (Written September 28th, 2008) I’m glad to see I still agree with the feelings and thoughts I had then. Published now three years later as I am about to graduate

Poor MD – What Every Medical Student and Resident Should Know About Finances

Today I want to do a quick review of an PoorMD‘s eBook  titled First Aid for Personal Finance: What Every Medical Student and Resident Should Know The best thing about this book is it only costs $0.99 and hopefully the small price you pay will pay for itself in with

An Anesthesiologist’s Dilemma

Conversation between me and a friend applying to Anesthesiology, while discussing our upcoming CaRMS applications. Me:    “So you’re not going to miss talking to patients at all?” Him:    “Not at all, I get to do as much talking as I want pre and post-op” Me:    “You’re not going to