Recently I decided that I wanted to start reading for pleasure again. As a child, I was a book lover and read several books a week. But since medical school, I’ve had a love hate relationship with reading. The other day I decided that I wanted to rekindle my love for books. While I was in Target the other day, I started browsing their book aisle and picked up 4 new books. Although I haven’t finished them all yet, I still wanted to share my picks with you!   By the way… I know that books can get pretty pricey (and pretty heavy if you… View Post

  LIFE LATELY: My childhood bestie is coming to town. She’s also a medical student and will be taking Step 2 CS which is one of the board exams we have to take before we graduate. This exam is offered in only 6 cities (although it’s required for everyone). Thankfully, there’s an exam center in LA and my friend gets to stay with me before she takes it. Thanksgiving has come and gone. I’m so thankful for having 4 days off from school and hospital duties. Although I would have loved to go home, I really enjoyed staying in LA and taking care of myself.… View Post

It’s holiday season and all of my favorite lifestyle bloggers have been posting their own versions of holiday gift guides. I wanted to join in on the fun, but given that a bunch of my readers are medical students or aspiring medical students, I figured I’d throw my own medical twist on it. Most of the gifts I featured here are things that I own, love, and use on a regular basis during medical school. There are a couple of items that I don’t own but I included them here because they’re on my wish list and I can tell they’d be a practical gift… View Post

LIFE LATELY: I started surgery 2 weeks ago and it has been pretty fun so far. Im like 99.99% sure I don’t want to be a surgeon but I’m trying to enjoy the rotation as much as I can. I just finished Urology on Friday and tomorrow, I will be starting a 2 week Anesthesia rotation followed by 2 weeks of Head and Neck surgery. After that I get 2 weeks of WINTER BREAK and I’m so excited to go home! I am pretty bummed because I wasn’t able to make it to the Harvard Yale football game yesterday¬†like I did last year. But I… View Post

If you recall, I completed my 2 month Internal Medicine (IM) over the summer. I shared about my experiences and what a day in IM looked like (Read: A day in the Life of IM). Since that rotation ended and I got my exam scores back, I decided I’d share what I did to perform well on the IM shelf. If you’re unfamiliar, a “shelf exam” is a test that medical students have to take after completing a clinical rotation. IM was my first rotation and it was a hard transition because I didn’t know where to start in regards to studying. The first two… View Post