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MS3 @ UCSD  Life as a Medical Student ๐Ÿ“š| Class of 2020 (All images and opinions are my own)

Itโ€™s official, Iโ€™m now a MS3๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ and have been out of the lecture hall and in the hospital for 3 weeks ๐Ÿ™Œ I started with surgery rotation (more specifically ENT) right off the bat and am truly LOVING every second of it ๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™m also currently half way through an emergency medicine elective and then Iโ€™ll be back on ENT for another month ๐Ÿค“ This experience has been completely different from any other so far, but in the absolute BEST way. A 16 hour day on the wards or in the OR seems to go by way faster than a 4 hour morning of lecture ever did! ๐Ÿ“š
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I havenโ€™t posted in ages, so here is a quick recap of my Step 1 experience. I started dedicating several hours daily to prep in early January and had 4.5 weeks of truly protected study time leading up to the real deal in April. I used Uworld, First Aid, Pathoma and Sketchy (all 3 sections) throughout and had a rudimentary schedule I was constantly making minor changes to as I went. I used practice tests to identify weak areas and spent more tome focusing on those. .
Overall, my hard work paid off and Iโ€™m very happy with the score I received (even though I felt very unsure walking out of the test, so donโ€™t let that feeling get to you!). It was a challenging few months, but so worth it to now be out of the lecture hall and in the hospitals! Best of luck to all my fellow peers preparing for Step 1 currently, you GOT this keep grinding!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ
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PS just activated Uworld for Step2 and shelf exam prep. Round โœŒ๏ธ
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Morning workout โœ”๏ธ Caffeine โœ”๏ธ Now time for Uworld (one of the most popular question banks for Step!) before several hours of lecture and clinic ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š We are currently beginning week 3 of our 5 week neuropathology course and Iโ€™ve been striving to find a schedule to follow that allows me to continue light step one preparation, keep up with current course material and take care of myself. Iโ€™ll be taking Step 1 in late April, so itโ€™s already sneaking up! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ (Any tips/pointers greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ™) But I am beyond excited to be so close to third year and rotations though! In about 4 months weโ€™ll be on the wards ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ Time to hit the books ๐Ÿค“ Happy studying! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š
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Protein pancakes and podcasts ๐Ÿค“ We are 10 days away from being done with the quarter ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Which means we are well into our cardiovascular pathology block โค๏ธ Itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve posted, but these past few weeks have been great! I spent 5 days with my family over Thanksgiving and have been able to squeeze a lot of fun things in between study sessions (go karting, a few breweries, game nights, movies, some awesome restaurants, etc)! My first 10k race is coming up in less than two weeks and Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing my time in a race compared to running by myself๐Ÿคž๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ As for school, all of the blocks have gone well this far and Iโ€™ve been working to incorporate First Aid, Pathoma and Sketchy into each of them in hopes of setting myself up well for Step 1 prep in a few short months ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š Time to grind for the next 10 days, but Iโ€™m looking forward to the two week break after this block exam! ๐Ÿ˜ŠHappy Studying! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“š .
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Halloweekend Saturday plans: Study โžก๏ธ Run โžก๏ธ Carve pumpkins ๐ŸŽƒ GI pathology blocks wraps up with the exam Monday morning and then we are over half way through the quarter ๐Ÿ’ฉIn other news, I set my Step 1 date and that was much more exciting/scary than any of the Halloween movies we will watch tonight ๐Ÿ˜ฑ(Any older students who have survived Step please share any knowledge you have about prep ๐Ÿ™). So many mixed emotions, but I absolutely canโ€™t get over how fast time has flown and that Iโ€™ll be taking Step in just a matter of months! Time to hit the books and put in some solid hours so I can have a little fun tonight ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy studying! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿค“
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Back to the books after an awesome few days off at Universal Studios to celebrate an anniversary ๐Ÿ˜ We are now half way through our GI pathology block and Iโ€™ll be spending today catching up on podcasting the lectures I missed the past two days. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“š After catching up Iโ€™ll be spending tomorrow reviewing this weekโ€™s material as well as information from our GI physiology block last year (seriously cannot believe how fast that year flew!) ๐Ÿ’ฉ Iโ€™m feeling great and refreshed after such a fun little trip and ready to tackle the remainder of the block, oh and also start the process of scheduling for Step 1 ๐Ÿ™Œ What an exciting time! ๐Ÿค“ Happy Studying! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ
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Saturday = Studying Stats ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿค“ Block exam is Monday so time to really get in some quality study time both today and tomorrow to solidify the information given to us in the last 10 days or so ๐Ÿ“šAfter wrapping up this block Iโ€™m looking forward to a trip home next weekend to see my family ๐Ÿ’• BUT first time to hit the books and the whiteboard ๐Ÿค“ Happy studying! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿค“
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How is there already 6 hours worth of lecture I need to review since the oncology final? Oh yeah, because it's med school ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“šNext block final is already a week from Monday ๐Ÿ˜ณSecond year's blocks sure move much faster than first year's did! Had a chance to catch up on some sleep over the last two days (and take a trip to Dave and Buster's because school-life balance, ya know? ๐Ÿ˜Š), so I'm ready to hit the books again this weekend ๐Ÿค“ Here's to hoping that quarter of stats I took in undergrad will come in handy for this current block ๐Ÿ“‰Happy studying! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿค“ .
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Messy white board sessions are love. โค๏ธ Messy white board sessions are life ๐Ÿค“Honestly though, this is my absolute favorite way to test my recall with information that needs to be memorized and also integrate materials from different lectures! Such a useful tool ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ“š
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Oncology wrapped up with a final exam this morning and we also had our first lectures for our next block, which is a brief bit with stats. Glad to have the first exam of MS2 year under my belt, but even more excited for this NAP I'm about to take after the past days of intense studying and little sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด Happy studying ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ
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Nothing more motivating than inspirational quotes and layers of coffee on a Saturday morning in med school ๐Ÿค“Seriously though, I'm the absolute queen of motivational quote wallpapers (phone, iPad and laptop all have a different one as a wallpaper) ๐Ÿ˜‚It's cheesy, but hey whatever gets my butt to the library before 9 am on the weekend ๐Ÿ“š Time to get some treatment plans, pathways and adverse effects to stick in my brain! Happy studying ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“
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Time for some Friday afternoon productivity ๐Ÿ˜Œ Second week of classes has wrapped up for the oncology block and the exam is next week, so this weekend will be spent hitting the books ๐Ÿค“ The first week of MS2 year has been dramatically different from the start of MS1. We dove right into pathology quizzes and having loads of information presented to us on the first day, but it felt significantly less overwhelming than that first block of MS1. I see it as proof of just how much you adapt in that first year, from finding study habits and a balance that works for you as well as just building confidence in your abilities to learn as a student doctor! Anyways, happy studying this weekend my fellow medicine nerds ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ .
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Who doesn't love a surprise rainy Tuesday morning? ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐ŸŒงLong time no post, I know ๐Ÿ˜ฉSo here is a quick update: Classes for MS2 year start exactly three weeks from today! ๐Ÿ“š(Got to love the quarter system๐Ÿ˜‹)My summer has been fantastic so far with a healthy balance between work and play. Research under colorectal surgery has been going well (I can now chart review like a pro ๐Ÿ™Œ) and working with the free clinic has been a great experience for further developing all the clinical skills we learned in the past year! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธAs far as fun goes I've spent a lot of time with family and was even able to attend my family's full week vacation last week (which is something I haven't been able to do in years) and also catch up with some old friends from home ๐Ÿ’• I'll be continuing with the free clinic and clinical research up until summer ends and working on wrapping up the many projects we've started over the past two months ๐Ÿ™Œ Happy studying ๐Ÿ“š

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Currently enjoying my own little library on this lazy afternoon ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“šI'm about half way though this book, which was a gift for all of my class after our last final, and I'm really enjoying it ๐Ÿ˜Š My entire life I have always been a book lover. I spent of my summers growing up reading for fun and I've never appreciated having the time for a little recreational reading more than I do right now ๐Ÿ˜‹We went to Universal Studios this past weekend and had an absolute blast! I always enjoy a day at an amusement park ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿญ I'm planning on going home and spending some time with my family this coming weekend and will be dedicating the rest of this week to research. I'm getting faster with my chart reviews ๐Ÿ™Œ and am also really enjoying the actual patient contact in clinical research. Very different from the nearly 3 years of benchwork research I did during undergrad ๐Ÿ˜ŠHope everyone is having an awesome summer! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ’• #medschool #medstudent #futuredoctor #futuremd #medschoollife #premed #mcat #medicalschool #medicalstudent #medicine #science

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