Becoming a Physician

Scholarship recipients share their experiences as UF medical students

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More rotations and the upcoming interview season

Posted: Nov 13th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Since my last post, I have been busy cultivating my skills in the area of cardiology on the inpatient consultation service at UF Health Shands Hospital. During the few weeks I spent on this team, I read numerous EKGs daily and markedly improved my EKG interpretation skills along with learning some tips for working up […]

The ingredients of life: My month with the REI team

Posted: Oct 6th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Over the past month I’ve been working with the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility team here at UF, and it has been an eye-opening experience. REI is a specialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology, and I spent four full weeks working with the faculty in their clinics and in the main hospital. I hadn’t had much exposure […]

Fourth year is here!

Posted: Aug 27th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

It is hard to believe I am eight months away from graduating medical school; it seems like only yesterday I was at orientation. To begin my fourth year I traveled to  NYC for some shopping and good food and saw the Broadway play “Wicked.” I had an amazing time. Then I went home to visit my […]

On being a student and a teacher

Posted: Aug 27th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, I finished taking the second series of my board exams, called the Step 2 exams. I spent the better part of a month studying for them, and every day I learned something new and learned again some old things I had forgotten. While studying in the library one day, I ran […]

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An end and a beginning

Posted: Jul 15th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

The transition from our third year to fourth year was very swift. One week I was finishing my Internal Medicine rotation — the last rotation of third year — and the very next Monday I was starting Geriatrics, the first rotation of fourth year. I didn’t feel any different, though I did feel somewhat smarter than I was […]

Outpatient medicine: Prevention starts here

Posted: May 1st, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

For the past few months, I have been in the community working in outpatient clinics for internal medicine and family medicine. During my first three weeks, I worked with internists and geriatricians to better understand the needs of adult and elderly patient populations in Gainesville. For my family medicine rotation I was able to reunite […]

Go med, go red: Grad Cup domination

Posted: Mar 17th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons Each spring an inter-professional school competition is held between the medical, dental, law and pharmacy colleges called Grad Cup. There are five sporting events that include softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and flag football along with a blood drive and T-shirt competition. For the third straight year the medical school has won the overall […]

New year, new rotation

Posted: Jan 28th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Girard Cua It is a new year, and I have spent the first three weeks of it with the trauma surgery team at UF Health Shands Hospital here in Gainesville. I am currently on my surgery rotation, which has been quite a departure from my previous rotations so far. I am enjoying it very much, […]

Touching new life

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons When I started my pediatrics rotation I was extremely nervous because it seemed as though I was the only person in my class who had never held a baby. Most of the children I’ve interacted with have at least been walking age. Twenty minutes into my pediatrics orientation I found out my first […]

Sutures and knots: The basics of surgery

Posted: Nov 7th, 2013 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons Before starting my surgery rotation I was very nervous because of the comments I heard from upperclassmen about their experiences. The most frequent complaints were rarely having time to eat a decent meal and that sleep came at a premium. Fortunately for me, my first specialty was the otolaryngology service, which has a good […]