Tag | Medical School

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all keeping warm in this polar vortex.  I found the 'Medical School' tag and for those of you who aren't aware, I recently got into med school!  These questions were very fun to answer so I hope you enjoy the easy read.  My next post will be more informative and include an explanation of my absence (due to personal reasons) and a summary of my experiences of Term 1, lessons I learnt, and mistakes I made.  Let's begin the tag.

Who are you and where do you study?

I am Chandhini!  And I currently study in the UK. 

When did you start studying medicine or premed courses?

I started studying medicine 2018 September, however, I began prepping for my applications during my Masters in 2017.

What made you choose the medical field?

I have previously done work experience in accounting, business, and law firms.  Nonetheless, despite my interest in the likes of politics, law, and economics, I didn't enjoy the context in which I was learning and applying these subjects.  Thus, I decided to move towards the sciences.  I thoroughly enjoy explaining and discussing science with individuals.  Therefore, I felt medicine involved the perfect combination of teaching patients about their condition or symptoms, alongside problem solving. 

How did you come up with your blog name/username?

Random question!  I really liked the play on words 'trendy' and '-able' and, as I identify as female, 'miss' seemed fitting!

How do you describe your blog?

My blog is where beauty means science and education.  There is a stigma people who enjoy fashion and makeup, tend not to pursue academics.  This cannot be further from the truth.  As a result, I wanted to discuss the science which underpins makeup or beauty regarding certain topics. For example, breaking down Creme de la Mer, biotin, and discussing how sunscreen works. In doing so, I continue to review lipsticks, do favourites, and fashion posts!  There are no limits to my interests, nor should there ever be for anyone.  Hence, there are no limits to what this blog can be about or contain.

What's your favourite quote?

I am a quote junky.  There are many that I adore and attract inspiration from.

"Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never." - Sathya Sai Baba

This is one I carry with me at all times.  Sometimes people may be hard to love or treat well especially if they did you wrong- and it does take strength for us to put our own opinions behind us in order to be a positive influence on people's lives.  Our purpose on this earth isn't to be rude or to teach people a listen, rather, it is to ensure we be better than who we were yesterday and leave more love in the world. 

"Never water down your roots" - Me (shameless plug)

For a huge portion of my life, I have been shy about my roots and beliefs.  This caused me to feel uncertainty and lost .  It came from a lack of understanding and appreciation of the beauty and richness in my culture.  I was constantly trying to fight my inner desires, wishes, and ambitions to fit in but regardless I would stick out like a sore thumb.  No reason to fight a losing battle - love yourself, love your roots, love your history.  Don't water down your true self. 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain.

Over the last couple years I have grown to be quite shy.  It is highly unlike me if you met me in my late teens.  I was confident, outgoing, and a massive extrovert.  Lately, I've become more calm and self-aware in my thoughts.  My shyness is coming from a place of fear, lack of confidence, and insecurities.  Nonetheless, as I grow and achieve more of what I love, I slowly begin to find my purpose.  The bond between my inner child is slowly strengthening; leading me to do exactly that: explore, dream, and discover.

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl

Classic! Can never have too many reasons to be kind hearted. 

"People will forget what you said and what you did.  But they will never forget how you made them feel." - Unknown

Similar to the first and second to last quote.  Although our actions and words may go amiss, the impact we have on others will stay for durations longer than we believe. 

Best memory in medical school?

Easy peasy - dissecting the heart was a pretty surreal moment for me and I absolutely loved it.  My friends even said my mouth was wide-open in amazement throughout the experience. 

What's one course you struggle/struggled with?

Currently, it is MSK or musculoskeletal.  It is parallel to learning a new language: dermatomes, phalanges, crepitus, stenosis?! It is very hard to wrap your head around and can be significantly time consuming.  However, the jump is normal and natural.  All it takes is some getting use to.

What's your favourite book?

This is a toughey.  A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is number one, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, and anything by Jane Austen.  

What do you do in your free time?

Dancing is a huge passion of mine - I am hoping to do more with dance when the weather is better.  On top of that,  I love drawing, creating mini arts and crafts, and writing poetry.

What do you want to specialise in?

At the moment, cardiology is a firm first.  I also love Infection and Immunology because I studied those topics extensively during my undergrad. 

Who do you look up to?

My grandfather, who was an accountant, was a hard worker.  He had nothing but still made a lasting impact on the people around him.  Although he was not a doctor, he provided mental peace to his loved ones by offering a helping hand and shoulder to lean on despite his own struggles. 

My other grandfather was a chemist and was equally as hard working and got the highest marks in his degree overall in all of South India which is admirable given the familial circumstances being anything but in his favour.

How do you study?

This is a big question! I am now trying to spend less time on note-taking/making and more time understanding the material as I go along.  This ensures that it sticks for the long term and reduces the need to cram. 

How do you stay motivated in medical school?

As cheesy as this may sound, I whole-heartedly look forward to each day.  It feels like a blessing to be one step closer to my dreams after every sleep.  I've been waiting for this moment for a long time.  I am aware that people are not blessed with education and it is inaccessible to many in the world.  This furthers my desire to treat every day with upmost reverence.

What is your best tips for future medical students?

God puts dreams in your heart for a reason.  Every decision you make is for yourself. No one else can take those away from you.  If you are doing medicine with pure intentions, then success is yours for the taking.  Try to gain as much experience as you can in your premed years and work hard.  Understand that you will be fighting that itch to just work once you enter medical school with friends and course mates earning thousands whilst you sit in debt.  But everyone is going to be 30 in the end - might as well be a doctor! It is a privilege to study medicine and treat individuals holistically as a career.  Remember you are studying because a person's life is in your hands: not the deciles, not the marks, not to beat your mates, but to save lives.

Thank you for reading!

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