Becoming a Physician

Scholarship recipients share their experiences as UF medical students

Archive for September, 2011

Proud to be a part of The Gator Nation

Posted: Sep 30th, 2011 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons When I was accepted to the University of Florida College of Medicine, I was excited because of the great opportunity to study at such a prestigious school. However, I was just as excited about attending an institution with Division 1 athletics and true school pride. Walking into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, I was […]

Patient Interaction Time

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons After weeks of learning about anatomy and histology, it was time to take a break from the books for our first video-recorded interview with a standardized patient. Throughout the semester in our Essentials of Patient Care (EPC) course, we have learned about the key elements of taking patient histories, along with some physical […]

Patient interactions are a lot like doing stand-up comedy

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011 •• Category: Uncategorized

Girard Cua …to quote one of my favorite comedians, Stephen Merchant, “The first week I did really well… The second week I died on my arse. I realized that stand-up was not that easy after all,” (Stephen Merchant). And so it was the same way for my next set of patient interviews in the Harrell […]

Angels playing tennis after judgement day

Posted: Sep 25th, 2011 •• Category: Uncategorized

This particular entry arrives on the heels of our first Block Exam. Pardon me if the title of this post seems irreverent, but to all of us it felt like a Day of Reckoning, where all of our energies and time spent studying were finally accounted for. When the day was over, I asked myself […]

Meeting the Cadaver: My Introduction to Anatomy

Posted: Sep 7th, 2011 •• Category: Uncategorized

My first week in anatomy lab was a humbling experience. On the first day of class, the professor read us letters written by the people who donated their bodies. I was touched by the amount of thought and consideration that went into their decision. Like many of my classmates, I had mixed emotions about dissecting […]

Greetings from the other side of August

Posted: Sep 7th, 2011 •• Category: Uncategorized

I’ve been a medical student for about a week and a half now, and already I’ve dissected the human back and shoulder, had an interview with my first standardized patient  and studied harder than I ever have in my entire life. There hasn’t been a single night yet where I haven’t come home exhausted, but […]