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Why I Chose A Radiology Specialty
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

As a Caribbean medical student doing rotations in the United States, my schedule wasn’t quite “fitting” well with my Drexel University colleagues rotating at the same hospital. To solve the dilemma, we took a “pre-clinical” elective which was randomly assigned. As luck would have it I was assigned radiology. I showed up the first day with a minty crisp white coat, badge clipped to my upper right pocket, 8 pens (see my previous post on holiday wish list), and my copy of Felson’s in hand. The medical coordinator greets us and brings us to the main reading room.

Leading By Example: Leadership Opportunities at the Hospital
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

“Leadership skills” was one of the most under-qualified statements I’ve written on my resume as a young adult. At that time I had no idea what it meant to be an effective and efficient leader. Look at your inbox today and you’ll see ample opportunities for leadership seminars, lectures, and workshops. Nearly everyone wants to learn how to be a revered and respected leader.

Explaining USMLE Step 1 to Friends and Family
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

Way more than just a test, the USMLE Step 1 has critical implications on the rest of your life. Often times this score is your first impression on program directors and interviewers and will be a major determinant in what specialty you can apply to and where you can apply.

Reasons to Consider an MD/MPH
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

After four long years of undergraduate education, and another four long years of medical school, it seems bizarre to even consider another year of school. Mix in residency and it all seems overwhelming. However, as you walk through the hospital looking at white coats you’ll realize there are a couple of prevalent degrees, besides the MD, held by physicians.

Help! I Didn't Match: Practical Advice for Disappointed Medical Students
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

So, it’s Friday again. But this is no ordinary Friday, this is Match Day. You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. Four years of training underwhelmingly come down to a single system-generated email telling you whether you’ll be a resident the following year or not. Horrifying… I know.

MST's First Official Med Student Holiday Wishlist
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

All I want for Christmas is… is a Littman 3M Cardiology IV stethoscope, said no medical student ever. As the holidays round the corner (and Grandma starts reaching for her rubber banded wad of cash) all sorts of thoughts pop into my head. How about a new Xbox one, or that shiny new 88 key Yamaha keyboard? Ooh! I know, I can buy a $1,200 iPad Pro and use it to study, and also watch the first 10 seasons of Shark Tank.

Mistakes In Medicine: Saying Sorry to Patients & Their Families
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

The first time I encountered this dilemma was while sitting in the back of my “medical law” course in medical school, with a highly esteemed lawyer, who seemed rather stern in his approach, at the front of the class. “Never say sorry.” That was his advice, as saying “I’m sorry” inherently implies you did wrong, which is bad for your institution and your career. I nodded, jotted it down in my notes, then went on a two year study binge where this question never came up again.

The Difficult Patient: A Med School Primer
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

Noncompliant, difficult, unreasonable... all words that we hear on a daily basis to describe patients who do not agree with our treatment plan. It is incredibly easy (and convenient) to stereotype a patient as noncompliant and defer the blame of his or her disease process to the patient. It is incredibly difficult for a clinician to take accountability in the situation, and suggest to his or herself that they have an active and evolving role in the patient’s noncompliance.

Maximizing UWorld During Your USMLE Dedicated Study Period
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

The UWorld question bank is undoubtedly the most recommended resource for any student taking the USMLE Step 1 or Step 2CK. I’ve never met an individual who hasn’t completed at least one pass through the UWorld question bank prior to taking the USMLE. Some schools even provide the question bank free of charge for their students, as they realize the impact of this resource on their students’ scores. UWorld covers nearly all of the material on the USMLE and presents it in a way that is reflective of the ways in which it will appear on the exam.

How to Explain Medical School to Friends & Family
Posted by Samuel Azeze, MD

Whether you’re drinking from a firehose or running a marathon, you know what it’s like to be in medical school. Submerged in a sea of academia, you seem blind to what is going on around you. The daily news becomes a thing of the past, your family and friends take a back seat to your copy of First Aid, and your hobbies have become seemingly unimportant. Looking from the outside in, a stranger would easily identify you as going through a personality crisis.

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