My Interview with Accepted

My Interview with Accepted

Over the summer, I was interviewed by Accepted for their “What is Medical School Really Like?” series. I talked about my journey from legislative affairs to medicine and gave some insight into how medical school is going so far! If you’ve never heard of Accepted before, you can check them out here. They offer consulting services for students applying to college and graduate school in addition to a podcast and blog that break down the world of admissions and school life.

In my interview, I shared about being a career changer, applying smart, valuing your story, and why medical students should care and be involved in health advocacy. Yep, I definitely got on my soap box a bit! You can read the whole interview here!

Here are some other great interviews to check out:

Sunday Reading 10.13.19

Sunday Reading 10.13.19

Happy Sunday! Wishing this was my view right now, but alas I’ve spent the entire weekend moving from my couch to my desk to my kitchen table to study for tomorrow’s GI final. I’m hoping to fit in a quick workout today and watched most of the Florida-LSU football game last night, but other than that it’s been a lot of the sitting and studying.

BUT no matter what is going on in my life, I read the New York Times with my coffee every Sunday morning. Not even a Monday morning exam like I have tomorrow will keep me from this little routine – I especially love the Sunday Routine in the New York section. While I love chatting about health policy happenings and medical school, there is so much more that I want to share. I’m hoping to get back into my This Week in Health Policy series and have a lot of great posts planned for #MPHMonday, but I also want to share fun, interesting, and newsworthy items that might have nothing to do with health (policy or care). So let’s give it a whirl, shall we??

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I’m Still Here: Life + Photo Dump

I’m Still Here: Life + Photo Dump

Well, it’s been much longer than I anticipated since my last post! I’m still here, just decided to take some time off to enjoy my summer and then once school started again I felt like I’ve barely had a moment to breathe. And truth be told, I should be thinking about starting to study right now but here I am, about to give you a huge life update instead – and tons of pictures that will probably convince you to take a trip out West. Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to since May!

I still cannot believe that my first year of medical school is over already! It really is true what they say – the days are long but the years are short. And that’s true thus far into second year as well. Once I finished up with my last neurology exam in May, I had to do my clinical competency assessment to ensure that I’ve learned how to take a full history and physical this year. It was a lot – you never realize how much doctors think about until you’re the one trying to think like a doctor!

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Why is Saying “No” So Hard?

Why is Saying “No” So Hard?

Hello hello! Wow, it’s been just a bit since I posted. I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day! I had the most relaxing weekend at home my mama and minimal studying. I read an entire book cover to cover for the first time in months and it was glorious. I love Alyssa Mastramonaco and the little glimpses she gives of behind the scenes life in the Obama White House! My mom and I did a little shopping, tried out a new restaurant in our downtown area, watched Wine Country on Netflix (it was meh – some bits were really funny but I wanted more), and had brunch with a family friend. All in all, a pretty perfect weekend and another reminder of why I love living so close to home again!

I took my neuro midterm last Monday and I’m actually caught up on lectures from last week somehow. Honestly, there’s not too much to report aside from the realization that I’m way overextended in my extracurricular involvements, which lets be honest, is par for the course for me. I thought I’d take you through why it’s so hard for me to say “no” and what I’m trying to do about it now!

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The Weekend Grind

Hello hello! I’m currently procrastinating watching neuro lectures by writing this post and finishing up a patient write-up assignment. In addition to learning how to take a history from a patient (what your doctor is doing when they ask you all the questions) and how to perform the physical exam, we have to perfect the art of putting it all down on paper. It’s all the stuff that ends up in your medical record. Do yourself a favor and watch this hysterical cartoon of a new medical student taking a patient history!

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Things I’m Loving Lately

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. Since I got back from Europe on Wednesday night, I’ve been getting my life back in order (so much laundry) and studying for an exam this afternoon. I’ll have a recap of my days in Barcelona up soon, but in the meantime, here are just a few things I’ve been loving lately!

  • Sara Bareilles’ new album Amidst the Chaos was released this week and I’ve probably already listened to it 40 times. Since her last album, she wrote the music and lyrics for Waitress on Broadway and even starred in the production! I was lucky enough to see her as Jenna and it was magical. Everything she writes is gold and this is no exception. She was the musical guest on SNL last weekend and no lie she sounds the same live as on the recording. That takes serious talent. Go listen now!
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My Skincare Routine

My Skincare Routine

I’ve had more than a few messages asking about my skincare and makeup routines, so I figured it was time to write up a post! I was not much of a product maven before finding Beautycounter, but now that I’ve been using Beautycounter for almost a year I’ve had the opportunity to try out different products and find the best ones for my skin. You can also check out my makeup routine here.

I have drier skin with no skin problems (i.e. acne, eczema) but if you need something for a specific condition, email me at mollyb.beautycounter@gmail.com and I can help you out! Beautycounter has four different skincare collections — Countermatch, Rejuvenating, Countercontrol, and Counterman, which is formulated for men’s skin needs. No matter what type of skin you have, don’t forget SUNSCREEN! Even the FDA (who hardly regulates this industry, thus why Beautycounter’s mission is awesome!!) is on the mineral sunscreen train these days. Mineral sunscreens (like Beautycounter’s!) are not only better for YOU, they’re healthier for the ocean and reefs too! 

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I’ve had more than a few messages asking about my skincare and makeup routines, so I figured it was time to write up a post! I was not much of a product maven before finding Beautycounter, but now that I’ve been using Beautycounter for almost a year I’ve had the opportunity to try out different products and find the best ones for my skin. You can also check out my makeup routine here.

I have drier skin with no skin problems (i.e. acne, eczema) but if you need something for a specific condition, email me at mollyb.beautycounter@gmail.com and I can help you out! Beautycounter has four different skincare collections — Countermatch, Rejuvenating, Countercontrol, and Counterman, which is formulated for men’s skin needs. No matter what type of skin you have, don’t forget SUNSCREEN! Even the FDA (who hardly regulates this industry, thus why Beautycounter’s mission is awesome!!) is on the mineral sunscreen train these days. Mineral sunscreens (like Beautycounter’s!) are not only better for YOU, they’re healthier for the ocean and reefs too! 

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My Daily Makeup Routine

My Daily Makeup Routine

I’ve had more than a few requests for this post, so here you go: my daily makeup routine and a few other favorite products! Before switching to Beautycounter, I was using products from a few different brands. Not only are Beautycounter’s products safer and about the same price point as what I was using before, the quality is so much better. Seriously.

You can also check out my skincare routine here.

The best way to get a bang for your buck is the Flawless in Five bundle. It’s six products that you can apply in under five minutes and be on your way looking fabulous.

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A Foodie Experience in Genoa

A Foodie Experience in Genoa

Ciao from Genoa, Italy! I’m spending my spring break tagging along on my dad’s business trip to be my mom’s travel buddy — super lucky that it happens to be in Italy and then Barcelona for a few days! We’ve spent time in Genoa before, so we were looking for a new way to experience the historic port city this trip. Enter A Small Kitchen in Genoa.

You can’t come to Italy and not eat amazing food — but what about learning to cook authentic Italian food? I love to cook and bake, so when I found Enrica’s Market-to-Table cooking class, I knew my mom and I had to book it. We met up with Enrica and another mom and daughter from the U.S. by the Mercato Orientale to start our immersion into Genovese cooking.

But first: coffee and pastries at Pasticceria Tagliafico. We enjoyed an espresso the proper Italian way (standing at the counter) and some delicious brioche treats.

Fueled by caffeine and sugar, we walked across the street to the the Mercato Orientale to start our shopping.

Contrary to it’s name, the Mercato Orientale is not an Asian market. The old city in Genoa is what is now the current Western part of the city and when the market was built, it was in on the eastern reaches of the city boundaries, abutting some farmland. Thus, Mercato Orientale. The market is set up in two concentric circles of the freshest produce, seafood, meats, cheese, and dried goods you’ll find.

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The Real Reason I Became a Beautycounter Consultant

The Real Reason I Became a Beautycounter Consultant

I’ve been sitting on this post for a few months now and wasn’t sure I wanted to publish it. If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen me talk about Beautycounter and my side hustle as a consultant. I was unsure about posting it here because I try to keep this space focused on health policy and medical school. But then I realized that those parts of my life are exactly WHY I joined Beautycounter in the first place. So today, I’m going to let you in on why I really became a Beautycounter consultant and why I love it!

In all honestly, I never gave much thought to my skincare or makeup — I didn’t learn how to wear makeup until college and my idea of skincare until recently was taking off my makeup with a remover wipe at night. But as I’m approaching the big 3-0 this year, I decided it was time to be more proactive and take care of my, admittedly, pretty great skin (#thanksgenetics). I want it to look this good years down the road!

I had no idea what products I needed and I’ve always felt overwhelmed by the department store counters and Sephora. I start sneezing thanks to the perfume and then have no idea if something is good quality or worth the cost. So when a blogger I’d been reading for years mentioned that she was a Beautycounter consultant, I was intrigued. She shared a lot of concerning facts about the personal care product industry that spoke to my public health and almost-a-medical-student heart.

The Alarming Truth about the Personal Care Product Industry

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