Category Archives: Thoughts

The LMCC Study Plan

I’m on my final stretch of medical school with only the LMCC exam to write. For those that are unfamiliar with the certification process, when you graduate from medical school in Canada, you are required to write the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE Part I). Part

Learning Smarter and Better in Medical School

To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all – William Osler Medical School – One Last Exam Fourth year is flying by fast and I’m in the final stretch before

Medical Student Personalities and Performance

You may have seen this comic strip on the 12 types of Med students by Michelle Au. There are all sorts of personalities in medicine and they often correlate with a medical specialty too! Research on Medical Student Personalities A recent research article titled Associations of Medical Student Personality and

Your Attention is More Important Than Your Time

May I have your attention please! In a world abundant of information and distractions, time is no longer your most precious resource, your attention is. How we manage our time and attention is something I have put a lot of thought into. As students, we have a finite amount of

More Than Just an MCAT Score

This is a guest post from Elsevier Health If you are thinking about applying to medical school, then you know the hard work and dedication it takes to fulfill that goal.  Endless hours of studying and lab studies, writing term papers, and succeeding in all areas of your studies are

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

Post-CaRMS Thoughts – Choosing a Medical Specialty

So marks the end of the CaRMS interview tour for 2012. Overall, it went a lot smoother than I expected. Flights were on time, accommodations were nice and interviews were not as stressful as I thought they would be. Next up, figuring out my rank order list. For those of

Why I Stopped Reading Premed Forums and Why You Should Too (or at Least Cut Back)

Do you spent too much time on pre-med/medical forums? I know how addictive premedical forums can be. I used to lurk them all the time. I discovered premed101 and SDN in high school while searching for medical school information. There were other sites like College Confidential and Student Awards that

The Life Changing Benefits of Reading

I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm. However, the benefits of reading didn’t really hit me until university. I went to a relatively average university. Although I enjoyed the new experience of college, I often found my courses intellectually dead. Classes I thought I would like ended up being