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Experiences from my fourth and final year of medical school

USMLE Step 3 Preparation Before Residency

USMLE Step 3 is the last board exam a physician must pass to practice medicine in the United States. It can only be taken after graduating from medical school; most residents take it in their intern year before getting into the bulk of…

Residency Paperwork and Apartment Hunting

Over the last few days, I've written my social security number and date of birth a lot. And I do mean a lot. Paperwork for badging, licensure, certification, occupational health, worker's comp... *insert headache here.* But at least staying…

I Matched!

My first reaction to receiving the NRMP email was laughter. The email's subject was "Did I Match?" Then the first part of the content: "Congratulations! You have matched!" Next year they should just have "Yes" or "No" in the email body. :-D…

Last Day Of Medical School

I wish I could have written this post on Friday, but I've been ill with a vaccine-resistant strain of the seasonal flu. I could barely stay awake during Friday's lectures, and much to my dismay, I found myself running to the parking garage…

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction

This afternoon was Baylor Med's seventh Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) induction ceremony for medical students. We also inducted residents/fellows for the first time (a pilot program at a handful of other med schools around the…

Halfway Done With Apex

A week of Apex courses has flown by, and its been great catching up with classmates (many of whom I've not seen since the basic sciences). I've learned many high yield pearls to utilize as an intern but still anticipate a rough transition…

Anesthesia For Medical Students

Because anesthesiology is not built into the core rotations at many medical schools, I put together a foldable brochure containing many of the "high yield" topics of anesthesia for medical students to use on their electives. Keep in mind…

Apex Starts Tomorrow!

After being separated as a class for many months, we're finally reuniting (yes, even the people who prefer to stream lectures from home) for the next two weeks of Apex. I'll be kicking off the course with classes in electrolytes/fluids, the…

One Month Till Match

In roughly one month, I'll figure out where I'll be spending the next four years of my life as a resident physician. My rank order list was submitted several weeks ago, and things will be "finalized" on February 20th, but until match, I'm…