The Details: I am proudly from New York State (emphasis on the STATE), spent my high school years in the Northwest corner of Connecticut, found my second home during college in Washington DC, eventually made it back to NY for a few years before finding myself living on a Caribbean Island for 15 months. The thing I am most proud of is my Faith in Jesus Christ, and I am extremely passionate about my family and friends. I've been an athlete all my life, I love to play and watch sports, read books, travel, go on adventures, cook, bake and eat food.
The How: See, I have always known that I wanted to be a doctor and I went to college planning to begin medical school as soon as I graduated, but that ended up not being in the cards for me. Fortunately, I was able to land an amazing job working for the National Institutes of Health right out of college, so I was still able to be fully invested in the medical field even if I was not in medical school as of yet. I applied to medical school that first year out and was rejected from every school that I applied to. Nevertheless, after a Master Degree, two more years of clinical research, a few more unsuccessful application cycles, I was finally was accepted into Ross University School of Medicine and matriculated May 2015. Side note: There is a lot more to this story that will be shared soon.
The Who: I'm what I like to call a traditionally non-traditional medical student because I always wanted to be a Doctor. I took all of the premed courses, I was your average Biology Major with a Public Health minor and the "Pre-Med" option, but I didn't start medical school until 6 years to the actual month that I graduated from Undergrad. My story is one setback, heartbreak, numerous obstacles, being on the verge of calling it quits (a few times), but more importantly my story is also one of determination, dedication, perseverance and now triumph.
The Why: I actually always wanted to write about medical school, but it just didn't happen in those first couple of years. Making it to Third Year is an accomplishment in itself, and because we see SO MUCH stuff in the hospital now, I really wanted to share reflections along with advice and inspiration. I have found that much of what I have learned about myself as a person and a future physician can be translated to everyone else's life experiences in some way, so that is some of what I hope to accomplish.