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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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The Perfect Medical School Morning Routine

One of the original posts from the blog was about my miracle morning in medical school. Since then I’ve adopted a consistent 4:30 wake up time and a new morning routine. In this post, I will go over my updated perfect medical school morning routine. Wake Up At 4:30: Yes I still wake up at this ungodly hour. In fact, today I woke up at 3. Why? Read this post on how waking up at 4:30 changed my life for the better.  To help myself get out of bed by 4:30 I start setting alarms at 3:30 and 4. To be honest, even after 1.5 years of waking up at 4:30, it’s still not easy. But as soon as I swing my legs over the bed and get up – I’ve won. The thing I’ve found which makes this easier is to have a solid evening routine. When I wake up I already know what I will be working on. This takes the decision making out of it. All I need to do is get my butt out of bed. “To be honest, even after 1.5 years of waking up at 4:30, it’s still not easy. But as soon as I swing my legs over the bed and get up – I’ve won.“ Read for 30 Minutes: If you follow my mini resolutions post (you should if you aren’t) then you’re aware that I’ve read 12 book before the end of February. What?...

Top Resources I Used for the OB-GYN Rotation

So many babies and contraception! This sums up my OB-GYN experience. In this post, we will take a few minutes away from labor and IUDs and discuss the top resources for the OB-GYN rotation! UWISE (A): I never thought I’d find a question bank I liked as much as UWORLD. But UWISE for the OB-GYN rotation is it. UWISE is an online module which has over 600 questions. The best part of UWISE is the questions are split into their respective sections. The sections are each 10 questions. You can thus do 10 questions on contraception, another 10 on post-term labor, and finally 10 on post-menopausal bleeding. This allows your studying to be very focused. The questions are overall well written and high-yield information. The only caveat I would give is the explanations are at times hard to decipher on which answer choice is correct. But otherwise, the question bank is solid. I highly recommend you schedule in time to complete them all. If you can’t get access to UWISE then try out this Anki cards which cover the topics. Full disclaimer I didn’t know of these during my rotation! Hope they help! At the end of your rotation, it would be helpful to do the random 50 or 100 question tests. They do reuse the questions from each section, but I found them helpful as a final review before my shelf. Case Files for...

5 Things You Need To Get Into Medical School

How do you get into medical school? Below I will go over the top 5 things that everyone medical school applicant should have on their application.   1. A Legitimate “Why” I’m not just talking about your personal statement. To get into medical school, your “why” should be all throughout your application. In reality, not one medical student has only one reason to become a doctor. We’re influenced by a variety of experience to pursue medicine. So the real question is, what are your “whys”? If you first, second, and third answers are “I want to help people”, try again. Everyone wants to help people. You can become a stockbroker and “help people” become rich (or try to). But do you also want to become a stockbroker? Of course, you don’t. (Maybe you do) What is it about becoming a physician that attracts you? Is it the leadership? Is it the lifelong learning? Is it the privilege to work with sick patients and their families? Once you come up with you “whys”, try to convince yourself.  Do you believe it when you hear yourself saying “I want to become a doctor because of X, Y, and Z”? Are those reasons truly your “whys”? Only you will know. 2. Shadowing Experience: Too often students try to get into medical school with limited shadowing experience. You can’t just shadow a doctor once or twice and make a life...

Internal Medicine Rotation Resources I Used To Receive Honors

In my post, I laid out my top tips to honor your internal medicine rotation. In this post I’ll walk through each resource I used to score well on the shelf and ultimately receive honors in the internal medicine rotation! Once you pick your resources, check out my study schedule on how to study for the internal medicine shelf. Internal medicine covers a lot of material so no time to waste. Let’s get to it. UWORLD: (A+) This is the granddaddy of them all. You’ll use UWORLD for almost all of your rotation. But UWORLD for the internal medicine rotation is a must. You can argue, in fact,  it’s all you need. The question bank has over 1400 questions! You’ll be well prepared for the rotation and the shelf if you complete them all. How is it even possible to fit 1400 questions into a busy internal medicine rotation? It’s challenging but doable. My next post about the internal medicine will break down exactly how I studied during my clerkship. I’ll include a week by week breakdown and how I used all the resources. Spoiler alert, expect to do at least 40 questions every day. Some days will be easier than others, but that’s the blunt truth of how to get through them all. After completing UWORLD 1.25 x, I had little anxiety before the test. Make this question bank a...

Here’s How To Study Less And Get Better Grades

Do you want to know how to study in medical school? Interested in knowing how you can study efficiently medical school? More importantly, how do we study less by studying actively in medical school? What study methods help you study less and make higher grades? Keep reading to learn how! Now notice how I said methods instead of method. The truth is different study techniques in medical school will work for different people, but a single person may use many different types of techniques. You must identify which methods will get you the best results with the least amount of time. In this post, I’ve included suggested ways to enhance the effectiveness of commonly used study techniques in medical school. After reading this post you will know many the ways on how to study in medical school. If you prefer a video format then check out my YouTube Video below and my the channel here! This is the first of many to come so be sure to subscribe for weekly videos. Passive vs. Active Studying in Medical School You will hear a lot about passive vs active learning in medical school. If you’re not familiar, passive studying refers to strategies such as reading the syllabus, glancing at the slides, copying your notes verbatim, etc. Active learning, however, includes methods such as practice questions, flashcards, asking questions, and explaining concepts to your peers. While it may seem obvious which method...

So, How Hard is Medical School Anyways?

How hard is medical school anyways? Is it really studying all the time like everyone says? Do you stay in school for years working countless hours? Do all medical students only sleep fours a night? While some of these questions are unfortunately true, others are far from it. For your information, I sleep at least 4.5 hours a night (just kidding). In this post, I’ll break down some of the common questions about medical school. I’ll talk about what it’s like and show you how to overcome the biggest of challenges. How Hard is Medical School? Like anything worth having medical school is a challenge. Is it as scary as most make it out to be? No. Medical school does involve difficult topics, long hours, and countless years devoted to mastering your craft. Many use the fire hydrant analog for medical school. They say learning in medical school is as like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. I instead prefer the pancake analogy. This analogy says that medical school is like having to eat full pancakes every day. Sounds great, doesn’t it? (Who doesn’t love pancakes?) But the catch is that anything you don’t eat today will be added to tomorrow. If you don’t plan your “eating” out, then you’ll become overwhelmed and feel sick. This is how medical school is. It’s a plate full of pancakes every day. Individually it’s...

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