About

Hi there!

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!

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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!

KC

16 thoughts on “About

  1. cookiesnchem says:

    Hey! I just found your blog and absolutely love it, but moreover realized how much we have in common! I grew up in Coquitlam, BC (about 45 mins from Vancouver) and recently moved to Ontario to study Kinesiology at UWaterloo. My courses are primarily focused on anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience. I am hoping to pursue a career in medicine as well – and I love food, blogging, photography, and writing 🙂 Love your posts!

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  2. Maya says:

    OMG this is so exciting!! I’m from Vancouver, too (still in highschool.) I’m moving to the Caribbean in September for my first year! My program is a 5-year MD because I don’t have any prerequisites. Anyway, I can’t wait to follow your journey. Thanks so much for all the advice! 🙂

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  3. Douglas Brazil says:

    Hey KC,

    Just wanted to write and tell you how fantastic your blog is. Watching your videos has been informative and entertaining, thank you so much for your candid insight!

    Best of luck, I look forward to future updates!

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  4. brix100 says:

    Hey! I’m currently doing my undergrad bachelor of science in biochemistry in UWinnipeg and I came across your channel since I’m looking forward to applying to Saint James School of Medicine and you helped me bring relief to my anxiety about going to a foreign medical school! Plus, your experiences and tips really help a lot!

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  5. Samer says:

    Hi ! Which Caribbean medical school are you enrolled in ? I would love to know more about how you cover your tuition and living expenses. Thank you.

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