All that stands between me and spring break is a gross anatomy shelf exam! This semester was a grueling one for me. So many hours spent in the lab and not a full day off made it seem never-ending. But now, I am so close to spring break! My girl Anne (@loveandscrubs_) tagged me to do a Q&A with some frequently asked questions. Now that I never have to go into the gross lab again, I actually have time to answer them!
Who are you and where do you study?
My name is Madison and I am a first year medical student in the midwest!
When did you start studying medicine or premed courses?
I went to undergrad at OSU where I was a biochemistry major with a pre-med focus. I started taking medical school prerequisites right away as a freshman! I just started medical school in fall of 2016.
What made you choose the medical field?
This will sound so cliché but I’ve known ever since I was a kid that I wanted to be a doctor. I loved science, math, school, and learning ever since I can remember. Growing up, my parents didn’t have stable jobs. So from a very young age, the stability of being a physician was very appealing.
How did you come up with your blog name/username?
LOL I tried so hard to think of a blog name for a while. I really do say “oh my gosh” or type “omg” all the time. I thought OMG, MD to be had a nice ring to it and showed my excitement and enthusiasm for starting med school!
How would you describe your blog?
I would describe my blog as a work in progress. I picked 3 subjects that I am super passionate about that I could further delve into through writing.
- Medicine – I love mentoring people, especially those who are following a similar path as me. When I was going through undergrad, I didn’t have anyone to give me advice or tips with applying to medical school. My boyfriend and I were figuring everything out for ourselves and learning from our own mistakes. It would have made life so much easier to learn tricks about applying or resources to use when struggling through undergrad.
- Life – I chose this subject because life right now is hectic. I want to share some more personal things that I am going through that aren’t exactly related to medicine. I hope that by sharing my experiences, I’ll be able to relate to some people on a deeper lever.
- Girl power – I wasn’t always passionate for feminism/equality (I blame this on being uneducated before college). However, since undergrad this passion of mine has grown and grown. As a woman in a predominantly male field, I want to be a representative for those behind me and show other girls and woman that they can enter this field and tackle and of the obstacles that are associated with it.
What’s your favorite quote?
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever”
Best memory in medical school?
This is a tough one. But the first thing that comes to mind is finding out I passed my first exam. I had put so much pressure on myself and was so nervous about my grade. What if I didn’t pass? Was I not good enough? Was I not smart enough? Did I have what it takes to pass med school? ALL THESE QUESTIONS. They were all flowing through my head as I went online to see if I passed. I was actually visiting my boyfriend at this moment and I told him to leave the room incase I would breakdown crying. I did end up crying because I was so relieved that I passed. I felt validated and I felt that I was here to stay.
What’s one course you struggled with?
Literally the last block that I just finished yesterday: head and neck anatomy. I don’t know why, but I found the material to be so boring. It made it way more difficult to study and I dreaded going into lab. Maybe it’s because last block (thorax, abdomen, and pelvis) was so awesome that I just wasn’t ready to leave it behind hehe.
What’s your favorite book?
Oooooo. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I actually love to read but haven’t had much time since school started up.
What do you do in your free time?
Netflix! I’m a sucker for sitcoms and movies. I’ve also been trying to live a healthier life and workout more consistently so you can also find me at the gym or on my exercise bike 🙂
What do you want to major or specialize in?
It changes all the time. Seriously, like every month at least. Right now, I like the idea of OBGYN or internal med. I also could see myself doing peds or emergency! But tune in next week for 4 completely different answers.
Who do you look up to?
Oh this is tough. I feel like I look up to a lot of people, people I haven’t even met. I look up to a lot of the women I follow on instagram that are both ahead and behind me on the medical journey. I look up to strong women that show they are vulnerable but still stay strong despite all the adversity they face. I look up to my mom. I look up to my dad. Both have led difficult lives, have gone through so much, but still always support me and always show me that hard work is so very important. I also look up to my boyfriend because his kindness towards others in unmatched and his work ethic is so admirable.
How do you study (productively)?
My study habits have changed many times throughout the last 8 months of med school. I think the best way I study productively is by setting a timer for 30 minutes and doing work with no distractions during that time. Then I’ll take a 10 minute break, relax, move around, and then come back in for another 30 minutes.
How do you stay motivated in medical school?
This might be a weird way to stay motivated, but I love watching medical shows. Even though some may romanticize medicine, these shows make me say “omg am I really going to be a doctor?!” and I feel super cool watching them during my breaks. Sadly, House is no longer on Netflix and as of May 2nd, Scrubs won’t be either 😦
During first year, my school sets up shadowing experiences with 9 different specialties. This forces you to be reminded of what lies at the end of the tunnel, which is an awesome motivator.
What are your best tips for future medical students?
Never give up! Determination is key to success. The road can be long and torturous and it may seem never-ending. I didn’t get in the first time but didn’t let that stop my dream from coming true. If you work hard, good things are bound to happen.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. This even goes for your gen chem class of 500. If something doesn’t make sense, don’t sit there struggling by yourself. E-mail your teacher, even if they scare you. Ask a classmate for help. Go to tutoring. Besides class, it goes for real life too. If you are feeling down, ask your family for help. State what you need! People are kind and will help.
Thanks again, Anne, for the tag!! I’m tagging @beingfranke, @swatchesandstethoscopes, @nicolet.life, @purelypositivitea, @medstudentsaga, @hellorobinblog, @asocalgirlsjourney, and @dpm2be to do this Q&A too! Make sure you check out their blogs for their unique medical experience.