What They Don’t Tell You About Pharmacy School: Semester 3

As I write this post, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally made it through the first semester as a P2!! It’s only going to get harder, but I have to celebrate the small victories. As I’ve done in the past, at the end of each semester, I will share with you my experiences as a second year, first semester pharmacy school student!

  1. The Dreaded “TBL” – The TBL, or Team Based Learning, begins. I know that TBLs are used in other health profession schools as well, but I can’t speak to what they are like. They are worth a significant portion of your grade, you must spend a significant time preparing for them, and worst of all, you have to rely on your team and their knowledge to get you through the activity. We’ve all had both good and bad team experiences. Let’s just say, as the semester progresses, teammates get lazier and lazier and put in less work for your quizzes and participation. TBLs can be very bad.
  2. The silly classes are over. Oh, how I’ll miss the days of  “The History of Pharmacy Practice” and “Communications in Pharmacy”. As I reminisce on the classes that I barely had to study for, I am instead taking  “Toxicology”, “Pharmacology”, and “Pharmacokinetics” (all of which take at least 10 hours to study for *sigh*).
  3. I miss first year OSCEs. I’ll be the first to admit that last year, I hated my first year OSCEs. Now that I’m doing second year OSCEs that are infinitely more difficult, that incorporate disease states and symptoms that I haven’t even learned about yet, I think it’s safe to say I miss the days of just having to take blood pressure. Or memorizing a physical exam that I’m literally never going to do again in my life, and certainly not in practice. A lot more is expected of you, and my confidence is often shaken, but everyone makes it out okay.
  4. The Care Plan. Don’t get me started on these. Why must I fill in the same information about a patient in six different spots on the chart? Why, oh why, must I come up with a patient friendly way to ask them what their POEMs are, just for the sake of the chart? Most frustrating is, why does every teacher grade these differently and therefore, it’s almost impossible to get a perfect score on them?!
  5. If you just can’t, there’s always Margarita Monday. Sometimes, Mondays are bad. Sometimes our entire week is bad. Sometimes our TBL group mates aren’t reliable, and our teachers take entirely too long to upload grades that you’ve been waiting and waiting for. But Margarita Monday is always reliable. Every single Monday.

Short post this time, but it’s time for me to start getting ready for Christmas!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, and I’ll be back to write soon!

:)Lauren

Pharmacists Called “Doctor”

Long time no talk, readers! I have literally been swamped with work for the past few months, as can be expected, and I finally have a chance to breathe (and write a new blog post!).

I wanted to share my thoughts about the debate regarding whether pharmacists should be referred to as “Doctor” or not. I’ve come across many articles in the past few months with a lot of varying opinions, both from pharmacists, patients, and physicians alike. I chose to address this topic because there is a whole lot of talk out there that pharmacists should not have the privilege of having this title. I am absolutely astounded by this. As a second year pharmacy student, I cannot imagine going through this amount of work, stress, and on the job experience to be referred to by any other name. I strongly believe that any student going through a professional school program, especially programs of a medical nature, have the right to have the title of “Doctor”, whether that is a physician, a pharmacist, a dentist, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, and many other allied health professionals.

Some of the arguments out there state that pharmacists should not be called a doctor because they are not able to diagnosis. They also state that the title is confusing to patients.

Those “haters” out there are only partially right when they say that pharmacists cannot diagnose patients. Pharmacy students go through just as much anatomy, pathophysiology, and therapeutics classes as other health professionals to understand the nature of disease and provide knowledgable recommendations for our patients. As a matter of fact, as pharmacy is an incredibly dynamic and expanding field, there are pharmacists now who work in the ambulatory setting (right in the doctor’s office) who are able to monitor patients’ labs and adjust medication regimes without a doctor present. There are also clinical pharmacists in the hospital who make therapeutic decisions on a daily basis for patients, when the doctors there require a more in-depth approach to medication therapy. Pharmacists are usually not required to make such serious decisions as this when they work in the retail setting, but they are still trained in the same manner as the clinical or ambulatory care pharmacists, and are able to recognize when a patient needs further assistance and care from doctors or other health care professionals.

As for the issue of confusion, I’d like to give our patients a little more credit than that. Generally, patients are going to know who you are and what you do, just by knowing where they are. Yes, we all wear white coats, but that is an honor and a privilege to us, whether we graduated from med school, pharmacy school, dental school, or the like. Yes, all of our name tags will refer to us as “Doctor”. If our patient still has an issue understanding what our profession is and how we can help them to achieve better health, then it is our shortcomings as a health professional. If we are not able to introduce ourselves to our patients and communicate in a way that is understood, then we are the ones who need to reevaluate our approach instead of putting the blame on sharing a title that each and every one of us has earned.

On a more personal note, I am not going through the next four years of my life to be called nothing. I am taking my schooling just as seriously as any other health professional student does, and therefore, I believe wholeheartedly that I deserve to have that one word placed before my last name on my name tag. The title of “Doctor” for me is not about the prestige or to have others see me as more knowledgeable. It is a symbol of the end of my academic journey; a small reminder that I was able to make it past all the challenges and adversity that stood in my way.

Everyone have a happy and safe Halloween!

Lauren:)

 

Last Summer

Theresa here! Before I start this post, I just want to say CONGRATS to anyone reading this who started (or will start) med/pharm/dental/nursing/PA/etc. school this year! Good luck on your first year of what I am sure is going to be a wild and exciting journey! 

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If you’re considering going to medical school, but haven’t heard the phrase “Last Summer”, it’s probably about time you put it on the list of “Things Medical Students Won’t Stop Talking About” right next to Step 1 and how unfair the last exam was. For those of you who don’t know, “Last Summer” is the slightly inauspicious term for the more disheartening reality that the time between 1st and 2nd year of med school will literally be your last “free” summer. After 2nd year, you get thrown right into 3rd year, almost without getting a chance to take a breath from the drowning that is studying for a taking Step 1. Sayonara to your summers until you retire from being a doctor!

OK. I’m realizing that this post is kinda on the grim side, so I’ll try and lighten up a bit. (Might be because I just took an exam on GI pathology, but who knows…)

 Puppies are always a good cure for post-exam blues, right?

Even though during your “Last Summer”you technically don’t have to do anything, there’s a unwritten rule that you still should be doing something. Why you may ask? The answer to most reasons why you do anything in med school: landing a residency. When applying, residency programs will often look at what you did during your first and second years, especially in highly competitive programs/specialties like optho or ENT. Likewise, certain programs value some “summer activities” higher than others (e.g. academic residency programs LOVE research). But this doesn’t mean that you must do research if you want to get into a competitive program. Although “Last Summer” activities are important, residencies weigh Step 1, class grades and letters of recommendation much higher. Plus, med school is a long four years — there’s plenty of time to squeeze in some research for those top tier programs if you manage your time well. In any event, there are SO MANY different things you can do in those precious few months between first and second year, so here’s a quick and dirty list of some of the things me and my classmates did this summer!

  1. Research. I’ll get this one out of the way now. Probably by far the most popular “Last Summer” thing to do. Most students either do clinical or basic science (“bench”) research. If you’re looking to get a publication/paper out of a project, clinical research is probably the easiest and best way to go. Bench research is notorious for being “slow” in the sense that experiments can take awhile to complete and the data needed to be gathered can be large. So unless you jump on a project right before they decide to submit a paper, it’s unlikely that a couple of months doing bench research will award you a first-author paper. However, having a background in basic science research is a invaluable skill, especially if you go on to do clinical research later. Another plus for research is that there are quite a few programs that offer stipends so you won’t have to eat Ramen every day trying to save money until your loans come in at the beginning of second year. I ended up doing a research program through my school called the “Student Summer Research Program” (I know, super creative title, right?) in which I conducted molecular biology research in a basic science lab. Going through the program was wonderful since we were able to present posters and submit an abstract at the end of the summer (it’s not a paper in Nature, but hey, I got my name on something!). I was also lucky enough to work with a great group of lab mates which made being in the lab (almost) every day of my last summer worthwhile!
  2. Travel. Probably the second most common thing to do. A lot of kids in my class did some kind of medical mission trip to an under-served country and also used the time as a vacation too (the affectionate term being “volun-tourism”). It’s for sure a great way to do some community service, practice your rudimentary medical skills and learn about a different culture at the same time. It can get a bit pricey though, especially depending on what country you want to go to. However, always check with your school to see if they offer scholarships or grants for students who wish to volunteer over the summer. The alumni association at my school would give students anywhere from $500-$1000 to fund their trip. It might not be much, but it’s at least a plane ticket. But traveling for the entire summer to go on a mission trip is not the only travel you can (or should) do! If you take anything away from this post, please hear this: take time to go somewhere while you still can. This is your time you’ll have so much free time. It doesn’t have to be as big as going transcontinental. Take a few days and do a small road trip. Set aside a week at some point and just go.
  3. Shadowing. Many students, especially those who don’t have any idea what specialty they want to go into, will use the summer to explore the medical field a bit more and spend more time with patients. If you can set it up and have good connections, it can be easy to shadow a doc for a couple months. Sometimes, you can technically work for the doctor’s practice and get a stipend or some form of compensation for spending time there!
  4. Tutoring/Teaching. Many schools have summer academic programs for undergraduates or high school kids in their community where med students can sign up to teach classes, most likely science. It’s a great way to stay sharp with a lot of the knowledge you learned during first year, plus it’s hard to find something more rewarding than teaching kids, especially if you can encourage them to pursue a career in medicine! Again, if you find yourself a tutoring program, most will have a form of compensation and/or housing stipend to get you through the summer. You can also tutor for companies, such as Kaplan, in which you can help kids with the MCAT or SAT.
  5. Working. Sometimes you just want to make a few bucks to save up for second year expenses. You don’t even have to have a job in the medical field. Just showing that you’re out and doing something is still better than nothing!

I don’t want to make this post too long, so I’ll end it here with what I think are the top 5 “Last Summer” activities. If you’re just starting med school, don’t worry about this for another couple months and try and focus on getting yourself settled in med school. One thing you MUST do during your last summer is take time for yourself. It takes a lot to get through year 1 and year 2 won’t be any less stressful, so take time to RELAX. Visit friends, go hiking, sit at home and binge-watch Stranger Things (which I totally recommend, btw). It’s your time to do whatever you want, so you do you during you last summer for a very looooooooong time.

Until next time!

❤ Theresa

New Antibiotic Guidelines

Howdy readers!

Big news today in the world of antibiotic medications. A new publication by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) is suggesting that patients may not need to take an entire course of antibiotics anymore to be cured of their illness. One of the first things that they teach you about counseling in pharmacy school is that you must encourage all patients to finish their entire course of antibiotics, even if they are feeling better, to ensure total microbial annihilation.

On the flip side, we also hear about antibiotic resistance. In these cases, our bodies become so immune to the magic of antibiotics, that they simply don’t work the way they should anymore. Therefore, the bacterial/parasitic germs aren’t able to be killed, and continue to make us sicker. Normally, antibiotic resistance is not to be worried about, unless there is misuse or overuse of antibiotics. It is not the person who becomes resistant to the antibiotic medication. Rather, it is the bacteria in our bodies that become resistant to the medication, changing in such a way that it is no longer killed by the antibiotic and instead continues to grow and multiply. Antibiotic resistance is a scary thing – simple bacterial infections that were once easily treated with a course of antibiotics could becoming life-threatening.

Resistance has become a serious problem today. Patients are too scared to take antibiotics that they need. Doctors are hesitant to prescribe antibiotics under a trial and error basis for an unknown microbial cause, for fear of causing a resistance. These are all very serious and legitimate concerns, but sometimes, antibiotics are a must. With the new antibiotic guidelines published by JAMA, doctors and researchers claim that “Shorter is Better”. As with any medication, the shorter you have to take it, the more likely a patient is to stay adherent or continue taking it as prescribed. A shorter course of antibiotics may also help to prevent bacterial resistance from occurring as quickly or as often as it does now. As a disclaimer, patients should always take their medication as prescribed by their doctor, especially an antibiotic. The article in JAMA states that patients may no longer need to continue taking antibiotics past the time of symptom relief. If patients no longer feel the need to continue their antibiotics, they should always talk to their doctor and ask if continued therapy is advised.

This is a very interesting development in the world of medicine. It just goes to show you how fast and dynamic pharmacy is! I just saw on social media how some of my newly graduated Pharm.D friends are scrambling to advise patients in line with the new guidelines, which are completely different from what they spent 4 years learning in school!

Until next time,

:)Lauren

Pharmacy School Applicant Do’s and Dont’s

Howdy everyone!

Just a few short days ago, PharmCAS released the 2016-2017 Pharmacy School Application! I remember filling out that same application 2 whole years ago, but wow, it feels like the time since then has flown by.

The application itself is long and intimidating, and it’s a school’s first “glance” at who you are. This application and all the information you put on it will be the reason a school extends an invitation to interview, or not. For me, it was practically the most important application I’ve ever filled out in my life, and I wanted to make sure that I made the best impression I possibly could via a series of electronic forms. I wanted to compile a small list of application “Do’s” and “Dont’s” for all the pharmacy school applicants this year and in the future. I’m hoping that this can help someone to get through that vicious application, and score an interview at their dream school!

Don’t leave anything off of your application.

When filling out the “resume” portion of the application, feel free to be yourself here. Are you a member of the local dodgeball team? Put it down. Do you spend time learning how to tap dance? Put it. Do you volunteer at the community’s Little League concession stand? Put it!! None of your accomplishments or extracurricular activities are insignificant. Anything goes here, just as long as it is something you legitimately do. Don’t make anything up here just to make yourself sound interesting. But, I do encourage you to share interesting hobbies and activities here . It makes you a more interesting applicant to the Admissions’ Committee, and it also gives proof that you are as well-rounded of an applicant as they are looking for.

Do think hard about submitting your application as an “Early Decision”.

Early Decision is a serious matter. There might be that dream school out there that you are applying to, and you tell yourself that you will absolutely accept their offer of admission if they choose to give it to you. That is a fine choice for some people, if they are dead set on attending a particular school. I advise you not to cut off all other options, though. If you don’t get selected as an Early Admit for your dream school, you need to have back up options. You are only allowed to pick one school as an Early Decision. You don’t even have to choose an Early Decision school if you don’t want to. Pharmacy school admissions is competitive, and you need to make sure all of your bases are covered. Also worthy of mentioning is, if you do apply for Early Admit, and the school offers you admission, you are bound to attend that school. There is no changing your mind at this point in the game. If, for whatever reason, you apply for Early Decision, the school offers you admission, and you decline it, you are not allowed to apply for any other Pharm D. programs during the current admission cycle – you must wait again until the next year. Take this decision seriously.

Don’t wait until a school’s deadline to submit your full application.

As a matter of fact, try to submit your materials as soon as possible. Sometimes, it takes a while for your transcripts to be processed by PharmCAS. It also may take a while for your references to submit their letters of recommendation. Plus, the earlier you submit your application, the faster you will receive offers to interview.

Do realize that most schools only give you 2 weeks to accept their offer.

After you attend a school’s interview, the waiting begins. It could take anywhere between 1 day to 1 month to hear back from the school. In any case, the majority of schools will only give you a 2 week time frame, starting from the day they accept you, to accept their offer. This can obviously be a huge problem. You may still have a ton of interviews lined up that you haven’t been to yet once you receive an offer of admission. You may feel slightly anxious that no other schools that you interview at will accept you, and that you might as well accept the school that has. Make the best decision you possibly can. If you feel confident enough to keep going, I advise that you do that. You don’t want to accept an offer of admission to a school that your heart isn’t set on. You won’t end up happy with that decision. I turned down schools left and right after they admitted me, mostly because they weren’t good fits for me regardless, but I’m glad I waited for the right place to come along.

Good luck to all of the pharmacy school applicants this year! I know you will do well!

:)Lauren

 

 

 

Common Pharmacy Myths – Debunked

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Hi all!

Today, I wanted to write about some of the most common pharmacy-related myths that I’ve heard. With some of these myths, you may already know the truth, but for others, maybe you might learn something new!

“All a pharmacist does is count pills all day.”

False, false, false, and more false. You may often only see a pharmacist counting pills day in and day out, but that is certainly not the extent of their daily duties. Especially now. Health care is changing at a very rapid rate, and the pharmacists’ role is changing and expanding with it. Pharmacists today must receive prescriptions over the phone from the doctor, verify every single prescription after it is filled before it is handed off to the patient, spend hours each day on the phone with various insurance companies, counsel patients on new medications, offer over-the-counter recommendations for patients who seek their help, give immunizations, preform blood pressure checks and other various physical assessments, and on top of all that, do anything and everything else that the other pharmacy staff is not able to do.

 “Brand name medications work better than their generic form.”

Actually, generic medications work just as well as the brand name ones do. Some medications do not have a generic form, and therefore, the brand name must be dispensed. Some patients request the brand name medication, even if there is a cheaper, generic form available. This is due to a variety of reasons, but largely due to the misconception that brand name drugs provide a better response. Before a generic drug is even allowed to appear on the market, the FDA must prove that the medication is identical in chemical identity, strength, quality, potency, and purity to the brand name counterpart. I have heard the complaint that some generic drugs produce some unwanted side effects, while the brand name doesn’t. This is not due in part to anything about the active drug – this could have something to do with one of the inactive drug components or fillers present in the medication.

“Vitamins and other natural supplements are safe to take.”

The majority of the products in the vitamin and supplement aisle are actually not approved by the FDA, nor do they have to be. Some brands of products opt to participate in a voluntary quality assurance program by the USP (United States Pharmacopeia), where the supplements undergo very rigorous testing standards. Brands that do participate in this program are NatureMade, Kirkland Signature (Costco brand), TruNature, and others. With this verification, the USP has concluded that the product inside the bottle is what the label says it is – the correct amount of supplement in each tablet or capsule and has been manufactured under safe and sanitary conditions. Look for the USP verified mark on the bottle, which looks like THIS.

It is also important to mention that vitamins and supplements have the potential to interact with the prescription medications that you take. It is important to inform your doctor or pharmacist of the natural products that you regularly take, in order to prevent any harmful effects.

“It’s okay to share my prescription medication with a loved one if they have the same condition or symptoms as I do.”

This is never okay. Doctors prescribe specific medications at specific strengths, personalized for your specific condition or illness. Although someone may have the same symptoms as you do – you may even have 100% certainty that you know what ails them – giving them a prescription medication that was meant for you may have a negative impact on them. The other person may have a medication allergy that you don’t know about. They may be taking a medication or supplement that has a serious interaction with the drug you are offering to share with them. So, just don’t give someone else your prescriptions. It can do more harm than good.

“I don’t feel any different when I take my medication, therefore it’s not important for me to take it every day.”

Surprisingly, this is something that patients often say. Not all medications will make you feel differently, but that does not mean that they are not working. Always take your medication as instructed, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. For example, it is important to always take your blood pressure or cholesterol medication so that those conditions do not get any worse – but you more than likely will not notice any changes in the way you feel while taking them.

“The bathroom cabinet is the safest place for my medication to be stored.”

We’ve all seen the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. We think this is the safest place to keep medications away from small children or pets. We think this is the most convenient place to store them, because it’s easier to remember to take them when they are in the room where we begin and end our days. In reality, the bathroom storage cabinet may not be safe at all. Hot steam from the shower can actually decrease your medication’s efficacy, meaning they may not work the way they are supposed to if they are not kept in the correct temperature conditions. Instead, keep medication in a kitchen pantry or cabinet, or maybe on a night table.

“Taking birth control pills and antibiotics together will reduce the birth control’s efficacy.”

Common misconception. There is only one antibiotic that renders the pill to be less effective, and this is rifampin.

“Everyone who works in a pharmacy is qualified to answer my questions.”

There are many different employees that work behind a pharmacy counter – pharmacy interns who are in pharmacy school, pharmacy technicians who have completed a certification program to work in a pharmacy, and of course the pharmacist. I would advise against asking just anyone behind the pharmacy counter about your medication questions. The most trusted source is the pharmacist, for all questions. I have personally seen some pharmacy technicians trying to answer questions way out of their realm of knowledge, and sending patients away with false information and wrong recommendations. This is not to say that all pharmacy technicians don’t know what they are talking about – this isn’t true at all. Just be wary of who you are getting information from, and if you need further information or clarification, don’t hesitate to ask the pharmacist. It is your health, or your loved one’s health we are talking about here!

Thanks for reading! I hope I was able to pass some useful information along to our readers!

Until next time,

:)Lauren

 

10 More Things I Learned in my First Year of Medical School

Hello everyone! I have finally emerged from my cocoon of studying for my last few exams and practicals of the year. So I thought it would be the best time to share with you a few more things I’ve learned this past year (Go here for some more things I learned in med school). Soooooo without further ado, let’s get this party started!

1. You’re white coat isn’t so white anymore.

This has two parts to it. Metaphorically, wearing a white coat isn’t as big of a deal as when you first put it on during your white coat ceremony. I don’t mean to sound jaded or pretentious, but it becomes very routine to throw on your jacket when you are interacting with patients or in the clinic. No matter what, however, when you put that coat on, you will still get that sense of excitement and privilege that comes with being a medical student. And second, you coat is going to get dirty, literally. You should probably go clean out your pockets from all your pens, paper and note cards then drop it off at the dry cleaners.

2. Failure is mandatory.

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During orientation week, our dean of student affairs told us that they have designed our curriculum and overall medical school experience so that we will inevitably fail. Of course the room full of over-achievers looked around obviously thinking that this was a lie trying to scare us into doing better. Honestly, he was telling the absolute truth.I don’t know a single person in my class that has not failed at something this year, myself included. But it happens and it only makes you a stronger, more dedicated student.

3. You never know as much as you want or need to.

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There will assuredly be times where you studied for an exam more than you ever have the entire year. Going to bed the night before the test, you think to yourself, “Man, I really might get a perfect score on this!” Then you start your test the next morning and BAM a random question so obscure that you are positive the professor barely mentioned it (if at all) in 5 seconds of a 2 hour lecture. But this is not a bad thing in the least! It just pushes you to keep studying harder for each exam and continue trying for that perfect score!

4. You’ll know yourself better than you ever did before.

Med school changes your life– plain and simple. You are in a new environment with new people with a million and five tons of stress dumped on top. This forces you to really find out who you are so that you can prioritize who and what are most important to you in your life.

5. You gain a new found appreciation for free time.

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Every weekend that you don’t have to study for an exam feels like a mini-vacation. If you can spare a couple of hours during the week to go to a bar with some friends, you feel accomplished. God bless you if you could binge watch a show in a week.

6. You long for more clinical/patient experiences.

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First and second year are all about the book learning. This can get very boring (obviously) and you just wish you could start seeing some patients already or help out with some cool medical procedures. Actual doctoring just seems so far away at this point in medical school that the few shadowing experiences you get seem magical and you just want to absorb as much as you can. Just keep reminding yourself that in just a year’s time, you’ll be a third year with nothing else but clinical stuff to do, so don’t jump the gun too quick!

7. You and your fellow classmates will unite through the trials and tribulations.

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Your class will become your family, plain and simple. It’s hard not to grow close to people who go through the same stress, anxiety and general insanity that is medical school. You can’t make it through medical school alone.

8. Friends and family will ask you for medical advice ALL THE TIME.

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This actually isn’t entirely terrible, especially as a first year med student when normally no one at school would fathom asking you for medical advice. It gives you a safe environment to practice you clinical reasoning without feeling the pressure of diagnosing someone incorrectly. The bad part (which happens A LOT since you are a first year med student) is that you have absolutely no idea what is wrong with your friend/family member so you just give the go-to answer of, “Yeah, I’d probably go get that checked out by a real doctor.”

9. Step 1 anxiety is real– even when it’s a year away.

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Please don’t remind me of the 10 months and 10 days I have left until I have to take Step 1. I’m trying to have a good last summer here.

10. You will look back on how far you’ve come in such a short period of time and be incredibly proud.

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When you finish your last exam of the year and walk outside of the classroom, it just all feels so… surreal and intangible. It feels like you just started med school and yet a year has flown by so quickly. You know that you’re a second year now, but it’s just hard to believe. But you know that what you have accomplished this year was incredible and rewarding and you cannot wait to get back to school in a few months to keep learning more (for the most part).

Honorable mention: you get used to the smell of formaldehyde-laden cadavers (well, sort of).

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This past year has been a true whirlwind for me. I don’t think I’ve ever had to deal with so many ups and downs, both school and personal than I have this past year. It’s made me a better person and, hopefully, a better physician in the future.  Med school was just what I anticipated but also completely different than I could have ever imagined. It for sure was not as difficult as others may say, but that does not mean in any way that it was easy. And even through everything, I can honestly say without a doubt that had one of the absolute best years of my life.

I’ll write a post in a few days or so about the research I’m doing for my last summer, so keep an eye out for that!

Until then, ❤ Theresa