Passed USMLE Step 1 !

12 07 2012

I received my score yesterday morning it posted at 5 a.m. instead of noon time as the ECFMG / Oasis site stated, just a few hours earlier than expected. So 15 gray hairs later and all the time and effort injected into studying, reminds me that I have made it this far and should be so proud of myself! ūüôā

I ran out to get the Physical Exam done and scanned turned in all the appropriate documents required by the Clinical Department (with guidance from my colleagues as to what to send. Thanks you guys!)

Today, I spoke with my really good friend about Ross training. I’m not going to lie; Ross was not a joke! And passing the first part of the licensure exam doesn’t make me entitled to being pompous about anything. It was a struggle the whole way as being out of school and bring out of touch with reality made it even harder to finish up to this point. Making the decision to go see my grandpa and hanging out for more than a month was a major break in studying. When I came back, I practically had forgotten a lot of things learned before. Saying one could review or relearn was basically lying to oneself, but¬† managed to pull through. ūüôā

Since the basic sciences portion of my training was the most painful 2 years. What’s important is to not bottle it all inside and to find someone who can give you a slight positive pressure and the emotional support you need plus good ears on days when you need to cry.¬† Everyone needs someone to shoulder their burden for them to pour their heart out. Any negativity and drama has to be tuned out from your life in order to be successful. Choosing the right people to hang around with is also important: while one can motivate you to do better someone else can really drag you down.¬† At the same time it is important to talk to someone who really understands and comprehends what you are going through, not someone who will talk down to you or belittle you for the decisions you have made. You simply cannot please everyone!¬† At the end of the day, it is always yourself whom you have to battle with. Just remind yourself to breathe and take it day at a time as it comes.

What’s important is to try to be happy with yourself. Try to not take everyone’s problems to make them your own as you are already struggling. Because when one is not happy, it truly shows on your face and we age so much faster. Life is very beautiful and colorful. This beautiful rose reminds us to wake up and enjoy everyday of the life that is given to us.


9 02 2012

Basic sciences is really hard. I thought this would be a fun post to just reminisce the books that used during our two years of training.

Semester 2 repeated books from semester 1. plus Neuroscience.

Books semester 1

Semester 3&4 books

Medical Microbiology / Immunology. One  is written by Dr. Louise Hawley (who actually teaches at Ross!).
Intro to Clinical Medicine (can read online AccessMedicine)





All you really need are these, especially MedEssentials:

Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 2008  Netter's Clinical Anatomy 2005  Grant's Dissector 2008


Motivation to study

19 10 2011

I’m home!

My father used to close his door when he went to bed. However, due to his health condition he’s been sleeping with the door open. Once in the morning if I happened to pass by, I would peek in just to hear him snoring. That’s so I know he’s still alive. I’ve been away for two years. I looked at his meds and realize that some have expired and the plastic vials are just sitting there. Expired PhosLo?? Hmm …

Before that I was sort of lazy and didn’t study hard enough. Sub-par studying doesn’t do me any good!

The home is in such a mess. It’s almost uninhabitable, but as soon as my mom saw me, she started getting excited and cleaned & vacuumed. This is definitely not in any condition for a healthy person to live in. Sometimes I wonder how people can let go of everything and be so unenthusiastic about their home. Seriously though, this place is a hot mess! It looks like a shelter more than a home. In fact, it is worse looking than a shelter.

On the bright side, it is peaceful here. I promise I’ll make it … time to study.

Checking In

8 01 2010

We are not officially checked in, until we check in on campus. If we don’t CHECK IN, we are not registered to take the tests nor able to use the library.

Here are some goats from yesterday.

Print stations. Once I have printed something from my computer, it gets sent to a print queue, and I then go here to release the print jobs. The screen is touch screen. Unbelievable.

Crazy Orientation days

6 01 2010

The lines for opening up bank accounts are long. Heard someone waited for 4 hours. I ran there right after Orientation during breaks and it took about 1.25 hours

Having a yummy starfruit drink. It is so unfortunate to hear that patients with kidney failure cannot have starfruit because it has a neurotoxin that would kill the patient. Here is a summary of several studies: Starfruit Kidney Failure Deaths

I don’t know what others have said, but food at THE SHACKS is yummy.

Was reading on Sorrel. It is high in antioxidants and lowers triglycerides.

Ross Clubs
Crime Blotter Site
Lime Wireless Internet and Mobile Phone Service

At the moment, I am peeking into my USMLE Step I First Aid book. We will be taking our first mini in one month.

We had this huge discussion of PROFESSIONALISM as well. It is very important with facebook to not pose obscene pictures or even pictures poking fun of the work we do that even suggest sexual perversity or things that are not professional. There are really serious consequences for our behavior. So things that may seem funny to us might not really be … to our patients.

All sorts of questions come up.

6 11 2009

  • Q: Should I buy a white lab coat now or wait for Ross U to give me one on the island?
    A: Ross will “surprise” us by giving us one on the island for the White Coat Ceremony.
  • Q: What would the Anatomy lab professors say about bright, hot red scrubs?
    A: Of course this is too bright, but you can wear whatever you want.
  • Q: Do I really need to spend over $200 on an otoscope & ophthmaloscope?
    A: If I want to be a great doctor, then: yes. But I am going to hold out until I do clinical rotations and then get one.
  • Q: If I ship barrels via Tropical Shipping, who will receive it in Dominica and how much am I paying on custom fees? Do I have to arrange someone to go pick up?
    A: pending. Also note the barrels might have smells from last use, should wrap things in plastic bags if you need to protect anything from absorbing the smell.
  • Q: How much will I be expecting to pay for electricity on top of my rent?
    A: pending



  • Our luggages will be “lost” or delayed, so pack what you need for a few days in the carry-on.
  • Amex traveler’s checks clears immediately. Others take 3-6 weeks
  • lemon scented candles & matches, mosquito net, bugspray, hydrocortisone
  • table fan. it will be humid there with bugs
  • lock for locker