How to Apply for Residency

Go_board_part In order to practice medicine in the US, all graduates must go through an ACGME-accredited residency program at a US teaching hospital after graduating from medical school. There are two main ways to get a residency: 1. Match
Most US hospitals and students participate in the Main Match.  To participate in the match, during our 4th year of med school,…

8 Things to Learn When Starting Clinical Rotations

IMG_5425 After 72 weeks of clinical rotations, taking me from hospitals and clinics across the country to those overseas in England, from college town Gainesville to urban under-served Bronx, I have finally finished my last day of medical school! It has been quite an adventure, and I feel I have grown much not only as a physician-in-training but as a person.…

Emergency Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center

NUMC main tower NUMC main tower For my last four weeks of clinical rotations for medical school, I headed back up to Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in Long Island to complete a rotation in Emergency Medicine. I wanted to do this rotation for several reasons. To begin with, I really like Nassau University Medical Center and had a good impression of the…

UK Clinicals and Spouses Visas

Tower Bridge For those of you who are planning on going to the UK for clinical rotations, the UKBA has recently made some changes regarding visas for spouses that are important to know. Thank you to AUC Spouses Jamie Grove and Melissa Hollingsworth for providing the following post regarding these changes: Attention All Spouses All spouses considering pursuing clinical rotations in the…

Passed Step 2 CS!

Micanopy, FL Micanopy, FL After nearly 2 months of waiting, today I finally got the official word that I passed the clinical skills portion of the USMLE Step 2 exam! This is a huge relief, especially after such a long wait, and I celebrated today by going out with my brother Jimmy and my sister-in-law April to explore the cute little town…

A Change in Personality

seatedman We often think of ourselves as our personalities, as personality is often the one thing we feel we can control. We cannot change the color of the skin we are born into, nor can we change the genetic dice that was rolled onto us. However, we can work on cultivating good character and choose how we express ourselves. But meeting…

Electives At University of Florida Shands Medical Center

UF Shands Medical Center UF Shands Medical Center Hi Folks, A big hello from sunny Gainesville Florida! At last, I have completed my last core rotation, which was surgery in London, and am now finishing off my medical education with a few more elective rotations. I’ve decided to do Neurology, Nephrology, and Cardiology (4 weeks each) at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital because…

Surgery Rotation at Romford

Queen's Hospital, ER entrance Queen’s Hospital, ER entrance With the opportunity to see a wide range of surgical procedures, experience living and working in a different culture, and travel on the weekends, coming to Romford for surgery rotation is a popular choice among AUC students. The approach to education at Romford is somewhat different than from other clinical sites I’ve been in the United…

Traveling in Europe

Irene and I at Stonehenge Irene and I at Stonehenge Irene and I never had a honeymoon after we got married. I was in the middle of my psychiatry sub-internship rotation at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami and she was in the middle of her clinical training as a physician assistant, and I was grateful that my attending gave me a day off to celebrate.…

Birthday Weekend in Iceland

Small church in a village in Iceland I have always had a fascination with remote places, places far different from what I’m familiar with growing up in the warm Deep South. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t mind going all the way down to a tiny island in the middle of the ocean for medical school. To commemorate my 29th birthday, and to take a break from my…

Theater

Operation Theater Operation Theater during the 19th Century In the mornings when I arrive at the operation theaters, I see a list of different surgeries happening that day. There may be a cholecystectomy in one room, or a knee replacement surgery in another, a thyroidectomy happening now, or a brain biopsy scheduled in a few hours. If I hadn’t seen a particular…

Basketball Dunking Skills

Laparoscopic surgical tools Laparoscopic surgical tools “I want to see your basketball dunking skills” my attending said to me, handing me the laparoscopic surgical tools that stuck halfway out of our patient’s abdomen. I was hesitant. I had never done anything like this before. I’ve always been used to using my hands, and trusting my fingers to directly carry out my commands seemingly…

Romford

Our new home in Swan Housing. Most AUC students live here. First, I want to say, Irene found out that she passed her Physician Assistant National Certification Exam!!! Now after years of hard work, she is now a certified PA! Now that we both know that she has passed,  and we both are finally here together in Romford, we can now take a deep breath and spend our time in the…

Homesick

Romford, my home for the next three months. Romford, my home for the next three months. So I’m finally here in Romford, and a week into my surgical training. Romford is a great place, with lots of shopping streets, malls, and markets, and of course, that marvelous British accent. Most of us AUC students live just down the street from the hospital, in fairly new accomodations, and within…

Break

Irene and I at Momi Ramen in Miami Irene and I at Momi Ramen in Miami So I’m back in Miami, and this month, I’m taking my first break since my wedding last March! I had decided to take this month off to help Irene and I move out of Miami, sell our furniture, attend Irene’s graduation ceremony next week (she graduates from PA school!), properly spend Christmas…

Endocrinology Rotation at Nassau University Medical Center

Nassau University Medical Center Nassau University Medical Center An elective rotation in Endocrinology was something I knew I always wanted to do during clinicals because as an aspiring primary care physician, I knew I would be seeing lots of patients with diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and other hormone diseases. After four weeks, I am so happy to have been able to finally do it, and…

Medicalese

F1980_10alt 80 yo WF c PMH NIDDM x10yrs, HTN, c/o HA. Ø N/V/CP/SOB/Abd pain. PE: AAOx3, NAD, PERRLA, EOMI, MMM, Ø JVD, S1 S2, HRRR, LCTA, Abd NT/ND, BPPP. VS: 98.3° 150/80 80 18… About three years ago, I wrote a post titled “Second Language” in which I talked about how learning medicine comes with learning an entirely new set of vocabulary, like a second…

Cat Surprise!

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Some Thoughts About Diabetes

20121119-121119.jpg A colorful all-natural veggie-filled lunch. Rotating in endocrinology and working with many individuals with diabetes have really given me a peek into the life-long lifestyle challenges of living with diabetes. For those who become dependent on insulin, seemingly worse than the multiple daily injections and finger pin pricks before each meal is the freedom that is taken away when one…

A Long Road Up

Bridge over Savannah Last Friday morning, I took my OB/Gyn NBME Shelf Exam that most US med students (and us AUC students) take at the end of the rotation.  It was the conclusion of an amazing 6 weeks, catching babies, scrubbing in for c-sections, and following new mothers. OB/Gyn has definitely been one of the more memorable and interesting rotations I’ve done, and…
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