Reading List

I got a few new books (four!) a couple of weeks ago. It has been a while since I have felt the inclination to read for pleasure, as my day from 7:50AM to 11PM is filled with reading pages upon pages of information for medical school. However, I have started 2 of the books and am absolutely loving them. I finish up with school work sometime around 10:30-11PM and then read a few pages in bed to wind down. Hayden has usually fallen asleep (long before) and crawls into bed and (again) falls asleep, sometimes while I read aloud. The peace and quiet and ability to slow down is a nice respite from my day.

I first book I am currently reading is Paul Kalanithi’s memoir ‘When Breath Becomes Air’. He was a young Stanford neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer, and this was the book that came from that experience. He had written a few essay [here and here, and an op-ed by his wife, here] that I had read, so I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book. It does not disappoint. More on that when I finish it.

The other I am reading is much more light hearted. ‘This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood’. Highly recommended for any female physicians (or physicians-in-training like me). I find myself laughing at the stories she tells because I feel like I have been in those exact same shoes.

The other two books I have in my arsenal are Complications by Atul Gawande (again, medicine-related) and For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.

What have you been reading lately that you just can’t put down?

Steps in the Right Direction

The title is a little play-on for something that is consuming my life now and for the next six months. At the end of the second year of medical school, students take their first board exam, the USMLE Step 1 exam, to be graded on their competencies in the basic sciences before beginning clinical rotations. This is the most important test I will probably ever take because it truly dictates my future. What specialty I can go into, the places I can do residency, my competitiveness as a med student– all determined by this little 3-number score. Needless to say, I am studying like a fiend in preparation for June. However, I feel like I have started the semester with a little momentum and I am thankful to already be at this point in my medical education. Time flies.

For anyone who stumbles on the blog in search for medical school advice, the resources I am using while studying for Step:

  1. First Aid, 2016 Edition
  2. Pathoma
  3. Cram Fighter
  4. Picmonic
  5. Kaplan Q Bank
  6. USMLE Rx Questions
  7. UWorld Questions
  8. Goljan Audio

The items in italics are my most heavily used, and in my mind, most important resources.

A dry post, but the goal of this blog is to document my life. The glamorous and the not-so-glamorous. I will leave it up to you to decide where this post belongs! Be expecting more real-life in the next few days, but in the meantime, I will leave you with our Christmas card picture!christmas card final