Updated: Apr 28, 2021
This is a question I have asked myself a lot through high school, undergrad, and even now in med school. Let me tell you something...imposter syndrome is real!
I wanted to start this blog to share my journey and adventures that led me into medicine. It has not been a linear path, but more like a rocky, windy, uphill road where you can fall off the side at any moment if you don't concentrate. I would describe my journey thus far as rocky, unsure, frightening, and anything but easy. With that being said...if I could turn back the clock, would I do it all over again? Absolutely, because this is what I have a passion for and what I love to do.
If you decide to read this and follow along in the journey, I hope that you will find your own confidence in your abilities. I hope that you are able to be proud of your "flaws" and showcase what makes you unique. It took me quite some time to build my own confidence up and I'm not going to lie, it is something I still struggle with from time-to-time. That is okay! The goal is to improve and grow.
This will truly be my NOT SO sugar coated path to medicine. I will share my successes and achievements but I will also show the behind the scenes: the failures, struggle with mental health, burnout, and much more. I want to be able to give others a different perspective from a "traditional" student and show that in the end...a doctor is still a human with real emotions and they don't just function as robots.
I will start from as far back as I remember to my current self now in medical school. The present me, in 2021, I am a first-year osteopathic medical student on medical leave. What does that mean? I will be starting in the Fall of 2021 as a first year student...AGAIN. Was it because of failing courses and not making the grades? NO
If you choose to follow along, I will talk about how I made this hard decision for MYSELF!