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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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Why Not To Go To Med School

So you’re interested in going to medical school. But maybe you shouldn’t. In this post, we’ll talk about reasons why not to go to medical school. Let’s start with why I wrote this post. This past week one of my classmates and I were talking about our plans for residency. I recently decided my future career (Internal Medicine) but he was much further from a decision. Instead, he says he was considering “selling out” and getting a consulting job. Now I’ve nothing against the consulting job. “But can you imagine going through 4 years undergrad, the freaking MCAT, and 4 years of med school (+ Step 1 and Step 2) just to end up in consulting?” This is why knowing if your reasons are authentic can save you a lot of trouble later on. But if your reasons correspond with one a few in this post, it may be reason to think on whether or not to go to medical school. So let’s get started.   “I Want To Help People” You may have read the headline and wondered why wanting to help people is a bad reason to go into med school. Well honestly it’s not a bad reason, it’s just too vague of a reason. Almost every pre-med says they want to go to med school to “help people”. But what does that mean? Why can’t you...

Why Did I Go To Medical School? (Is Your Reason Good Enough?)

Why should you go to medical school? Why did I go to medical school? I’ve been giving tips for the past two years about med school on this website and the Youtube channel. But I haven’t shared my own reason. If you’re struggling to solidify your reason or just want to hear a different perspective, then that’s what this post is. I’ll allow myself to be a little vulnerable and tell you why I decided to go into medical school. Also, I’ll talk about how you can know if you should go to medical school. How do you know if your reason to go into medical school is good enough? That’s what we’ll go over in this post! If you want a video format, then check out the following YouTube video! Be sure to subscribe to the channel if you want weekly tips! Why Did I Go To Medical School? This question came from a reader so thank you for asking. If you want me to answer your questions in a post or video form, comment below or reach out to via email or social media! Alright, so why did I go to med school? To keep it as short and sweet, my immediate family had a lot of chronic and acute illnesses. I was in and out of the hospital system and the clinics a lot when I...

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...

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