Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 let me tell you a bit about myself.
I am a third year international medical student, now living and studying in Chicago, having completed my first two years in the Caribbean. The Caribbean portion of my program lasted for 4 semesters – 16 months (an accelerated program without a summer break) and made up the basic sciences portion of my MD. I’ll be spending the next two years in Chicago to complete the clinical portion of my degree.
I grew up in Vancouver, BC (Canada) and I hope to one day settle down there again, far down the road. As a kid I spent a lot of time with my family making trips to California to visit friends and family, and would like to work there eventually. There is nothing better than having the ocean, beach and mountains surrounding you on the west coast!
I graduated from high school at 17, and moved across the country on my own 4 months later where I enrolled in a Bachelor of Communications program at Carleton University, Ottawa, for the next 4 years. It wasn’t until my third year that I started to realize that my passion for writing, although (still) very strong, was not as great as my desire to learn more about mental illness. After enrolling in a mental health and disease course in neuroscience, along with an anatomy and physiology course, I knew that I wanted to become a doctor and that I had a passion for understanding how the brain functions in sync with the body. I developed an interest in psychiatry, and the chemical imbalances associated with common illnesses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and more. You can read more about why and how I transitioned from the arts and into medicine in my first post!
Since being accepted and moving across the continent for medicine, I have never had so many moments of frustration, exhaustion and self-doubt in my life. However, these moments have been matched with the ultimate feeling of gratification that comes from pushing myself more than I ever thought possible, and succeeding. A few years of suffering in my life pales in comparison to the many years of helping others who need help that are to come (hopefully)! It’s not always easy to stay in that mindset, but every once in a while something will remind me why I started this crazy journey.
Having wished I knew more about IMG life before I enrolled, I decided to make this blog. Hopefully some of what I post will be helpful to prospective and/or current med students abroad. If anything, this way I can also keep my friends and family updated about life down south! If you ever have any questions or requests for blog posts, leave a comment under any of my posts and I’ll try to get to it at some point.
Nice to meet you,
thanks for stopping by!