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Lakshya Trivedi, TheMDJourney

My name is Lakshya (pronounced Luck-sh) and I’m a third-year medical student at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. TheMDJourney is my effort to give helpful advice and personal experiences to anyone on a similar journey. It is also my dedicated form of self-reflection and a project I hope to keep on going for a while.

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Step-By-Step Method to Study for Rotations in Medical School

Are you a clinical student and still not sure how to study for rotations in medical school? Are you coming home most evenings too tired to study? Do you lack the motivation to do more UWORLD questions? How should a student study for rotations in medical school anyway? In this post, I break down the steps to help you study for rotations in medical school. These are the strategies I’ve used to achieve honors on my rotations.  At the end, I also break down step by step how I use my study resources and text to study for the shelf exams using my notebook method.  If you prefer this post in a video form, check out the YouTube video and also check out the channel! Pick Your Study Resources Of Choice: Every rotation will have their recommended selection of resources. I’ve written detail posts about each rotation I’ve completed thus far. Click a particular rotation below to receive specific advice and resources. Internal Medicine Pediatrics Family Medicine Surgery Neurology Ob/Gyn Medical students become stressed by having too many choices. Often, especially early in their clinical years, students will try to use a little bit of everything. I was one of them. But trust those who have done it before you (such as myself) and stuck to no more than 2-3 resources. Often this will include one question bank (almost always UWORLD), a...

Why You Should Pick The Most Competitive Specialty

The first time I was told to pursue a competitive specialty I was dumbfounded. But now two years later, I’m telling you to do the same. To be clear, I’m not arguing we all attempt to be plastic surgeons or dermatologist. Props to those who can stand the OR and/or skin rashes. We just need to get into the mindset as if we trying to be one. This change in mindset has led my CV to go from subpar to top tier! The Difference in Mindset Between Those Who Choose Competitive Specialities: This isn’t true for all but I’ve found a difference between my classmates pursuing Ortho and those knowing they wanted to do primary care. Both groups are insanely smart, but the Ortho bros are more likely to seek out opportunities (research, conference, faculty interactions, etc.) Again not true for both. I know plenty of future primary care docs who are machines in their accomplishments. But the ortho bro knows he needs to be competitive in a competitive specialty. Thus he works hard at getting good grades, doing well on Step 1, excelling on rotations, and also cranking out research results. The pressure of competitiveness pushes them to ask, “what else can I accomplish”. My Own Journey: I haven’t talked much about my own specialty desires on the blog much. It’s not because I’m actively trying to hide it. I just found...

Seven Necessary Tips for Your Third Year in Medical School

How do you do well on during your third year in medical school and on your clinical rotations? What are tips for the third year of med school that you can use? In this post, I’m going to give you my top 7 tips which have helped me achieve honors in almost all my rotations and honors on over 90% of my evaluations. If you prefer a video format, then check out this Youtube video and consider subscribing to the channel for weekly content! Also, I’ve created for you a free step-by-step guide on how to plan out your study plan for a rotation.  This will help you decide how to schedule your practice questions, book chapters, and practice exams to do well on your shelf exams! It also includes a sample monthly study calendar! 1. Stop Worrying About Your Grades, Instead Work About Your Progress This is the biggest tip and the one I feel most medical students fall short on during their third year of med school. If you haven’t learned already – you will soon – but grading for the third year of med school can be very subjective. Often the things we care about the most (i.e. good evaluations from our attendings) are out of our control. But we spend the most time worrying about creating a good impression. No! Instead, let’s do a 180 and become impressive to...

Too Much On Your Mind? How To Handle Medical School Stress

This post came from a conversation that I had with somebody not in medical school that really wanted to ask one important question. “Why are medical students and premed stressed out all the time?” And it’s a really fair question if you’re not in the medical environment. After talking to this person for awhile, I came away with one thing that stresses medical students and premeds more than anything. What is that one thing that causes medical school stress? We love comparing ourselves with our classmates. Let’s be honest, we all do it – consciously and unconsciously. In this post, we’re going to have a heart to heart on how to overcome this. If you want this in a video form, check out the following YouTube video and be sure to subscribe to the channel. Why are Med Students Stressed? I hope that you’re nodding saying, “You know what? Med students are always stressed!” And I hope you also agree that comparing ourselves with others has something to do with that! We have to ask ourselves, why do we compare ourselves to our classmates so much? It’s because we’re used to being high achieving individuals. Look back at grade school, you were probably the all A student. This is where it all started! You may think to yourself, “I didn’t really compare myself to that many people back then.” That’s probably because...

Here’s A Resource I Used To Raise My Step 2 Score By 15 Points

In this post, we’re going to do something that’s really popular on the blog which is going over one of my top recommended resources. This resource has really helped me raise my Step 2 score by 25 points from my Step 1. It also raised my Step 2 score by 15 points over my goal score! What’s that resource? Dum roll… OnlineMedEd! In this post, I’m going to give a full OnlineMedEd review and insight into how I used it to study for shelf exams and my Step 2 CK exam! I know a lot of you guys know about OnlineMedEd and for the few of you don’t, I hope you stick around the whole post just to understand what this resource can offer you. For those of you guys that are familiar with OnlineMedEd, stick around because I’m going to go over how I used it to do well in my rotations, how I used it to do well on my Step 2 exam and  I’ll provide you guys a discount for any of you interested in their premium content, which I highly recommend.  If you’d like a video format of this post, check out the YouTube channel! So without any further ado, let’s get to the post! What Is OnlineMedEd? So quick intro into OnlineMedEd for any of you guys that aren’t familiar. It’s what I like to definitely consider...

Why I Took A Gap Year

Should you do a gap year before applying to med school? In this post, we’ll go over some of the benefits of doing a gap year. I’ll also share my own experience. That’s right – I did a gap year! Really quickly I’ll give you my experience and then I’ll provide you a general perspective on gap years. My Own Experience Taking A Gap Year Before Med School: People often forget that I took a gap year. But my gap year has been one of the most influential in my life. I graduated with my bachelors in 3 years. I didn’t have the financial capability to afford a 4-year education without requiring loans. But I also didn’t feel prepared to jump straight into medical school. I still felt mentally immature and inexperienced. So I made it a decision to take a gap year and apply to med school during my “4th year of college”. What did I do during my time off? I worked part-time a behavioral therapist one-on-one with autistic children. It’s by far the best job I’ve ever had! I had a light schedule, had a great salary, and developed my interpersonal communication skills with one of the toughest crowds out there. Working with my kiddos (clients) was a life-altering experience. But it also helped me on my med school interview. On every interview I went on, they...

Why Use Speed Listening in Medical School?

Wouldn’t you just love to have a fast-forward button in medical school? Or wouldn’t you just crave for the ability quickly get through the boring lectures that you have every day? Have you ever avoided watching a Pathoma or Sketchy Pharm video because they were too long? What if I told you that you could use speed listening in medical school and cut your studying time in half? In this post, I will go over how to use speed listening in medical school. I will break down my step by step method that I used for my first two years of medical school. I also break down how I used speed listing to study for my Step 1. Why Use Speed Listening in Medical School? Many people get scared away when I mention speed listening in medical school. But honestly, I can’t think of going through medical school without it.  I had so much free time and my grades remained high while using speed listening, Thus I think speed-listening is something that should be tried by every medical student! Maybe you’re not a believer just yet. You may argue that it’s hard enough to listen to your lectures at 1x much less increasing that to 2x. I’d first argue that you don’t remember much of what you hear anyways. The typical saying is that you remember 10% of what you...

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