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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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.

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Post Bacc FAQ: How To Pay For It & Why Program Advising is Invaluable

I posted a while ago about some post-bacc basics and how it prepared me for medical school, but I’ve gotten more questions since then and thought I’d address them here!

Visiting my post-bacc program this fall as a medical student!

Real quick reminder: a post-bacc program allows students that have already attended college to complete all the prerequisites for admission to medical school, physical therapy school, veterinary school, and other health professions schools. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has an extensive list of post-bacc programs. Programs have some variation in extra courses and program length, but they all get you the core basic science classes required for medical school and to prep you for the MCAT.

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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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Engaging in Advocacy as a Medical Student

I wanted to write this post last week, but I had to play some serious catch-up with school work instead. I shared a little bit about the conference I attended in D.C. and the amazing celebs I met (!!) but I wanted to let you in about why I attended in the first place and why I think more medical students should be engaged in advocacy.

Prior to medical school, I worked at a policy non-profit in D.C. for three years. Part of my job included meeting with Congressional staff and legislators and running workshops to give high schoolers and adults the skills to be an advocate at the local, state, and federal level. I loved teaching about the basics of government, a little bit about a policy issue, and giving some tips for effective advocacy. [I’ll be back soon with my tips for effective advocacy!]

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Meal Prep in Medical School

I love to cook and there is nothing I enjoy more than ending my day in the kitchen with a glass of wine. But sometimes I’m just too tired or have other things going on at night and don’t get around to making dinner, which means I end up without leftovers to take for lunch. And when that happens, I end up at Panera. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Panera — I probably eat it a little too much. But I shouldn’t eat it every day, or really any fast casual/fast food on campus — it’s not good for my body and not good for my wallet. To keep myself from eating tomato soup every day, I try to meal prep, at the very least, my lunches for the week every Sunday. A food blogger I am not, so please enjoy this picture of me eating a delicious dessert instead of the horrendous photos I take of the, albeit delicious, food I cook.

Some tips for meal prep newbies:

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Day in the Life MS1: Cardiovascular System

The “pre-clinical” years of medical school are pretty similar at most medical schools — anatomy, basic science courses, and organ modules. No matter how the curriculum works, you spend a lot of time watching lectures and studying in the library. I only have two weeks left of our cardiovascular system module and then it’s Spring Break and our last module of MS1, Neuroscience and Behavioral Science! I had a busier than usual day earlier this week and thought I’d take you through it!

I like to schedule book and video reviews into my daily calendar to make sure I don’t forget!

6:30am Wake up feeling refreshed for the first time in over a week! Grab a big mug of coffee and finish a blog post about exercise and my career change.

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