A couple days ago, Alina from Coffee and Anatomy tagged me on the Medical School Tag which, as you can imagine, asks questions related to medicine. Now, why the Hell would I answer these questions when I haven’t begun my doctorate yet? Well… why not!?
To be completely honest with you, while I am not technically in medical school, I am studying on a daily basis with that in mind. Everything I have been doing since I discovered what my dream career is was for that one and only goal and I feel like this is exactly why this Tag would be an interesting thing to do.
So here goes.
Who are you and where do you study?
My name’s Ève (or Eve, at this point I don’t care anymore, everyone pronounces it differently hahaha) and I’m studying in my hometown in the French part of Canada: Québec.
When did you start studying medicine or premed courses?
I will finally be embarking on my journey this September and I am looking forward to the craziness of the next fourteen years… and I always smile when I think about them.
What made you choose the medical field?
Long story short, I went at the hospital, saw the Emergency sign while walking around and I got an Epiphany: I had to spend my life there. Yeah… if you want the full story, you can read it here!
How did you come up with your blog name/username?
The blog’s name is pretty straightforward: it’s my name. Hello creativity! Now, if we’re talking about my Instagram handle, @thepolyglotmed, the story is a bit more interestingm I swear! Initially, the creativity hit again and I settled with “@evesstudies”, but then one day, I don’t know what happened, but I decided it would be pretty cool to combine my passion of language learning with my dream of medical school in my handle. Plus, it’s kind of fitting seeing as I’ll be starting a linguistics undergrad in the Fall.
How would you describe your blog?
It’s a baby blog, so there isn’t really a way to describe it… I guess you could say this is a journal? My goal with this blog is to share my story so hopefully more people will know that success in the medical field does not rely on having a perfect academic curriculum. It is possible to make your dream come true even though you figured out too late that you wanted to pursue your studies in one of the hardest and most demanding fields.
That’s the thing, in the American system, you need to have an undergrad diploma before getting into medical school, so my path wouldn’t be so crazy if I lived down there. Unfortunately, where I live, medical school is something you get in right after CEGEP, which means me doing a bachelor’s degree before going for my doctorate is unconventional and frankly, I decided I wanted to become a surgeon before knowing if it was even possible. Oops.
What’s your favorite quote?
Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from flying – Unknown
While this quote is pretty straightforward, it resonates with me more than any other motivational crap for the simple reason that I am afraid of letting go. Not controlling where my body is, how I react to things or how I behave in social situations is something that is completely foreign to me. I’ve been working super hard to get over the incomfort and convince myself to embrace flying and free falling even if I may end up falling – and getting hurt.
Best memory in medical school?
I don’t have any because as mentioned, I haven’t started med school yet. However, I have heard some pretty cool stories about it and I really can’t wait to get to build my own memories!
What’s one course you struggled with?
At first, I thought it was physics. Yes, it’s a very hard course, but I somehow found the electricity course very easy, which is to say that my issue isn’t with physics itself, but with mechanics, probably because I didn’t have a good foundation due to the fact I rushed the full last year of high school physics in… two days.
I found out this year that I struggle a lot with biology, especially microbiology, which is why I spent so much time on it over the past year. But, the struggle only made me fall in love with anatomy and physiology and I can’t wait to study neurology in September!
What’s your favorite book?
No. There is no way I will partake in the separation of my favourite series of all time. Harry Potter is my childhood. I picked up the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 7 years old. I read the series over and over again and grew up to want to be just like Hermione.
What do you do in your free time?
What is free time? To be completely honest, in between school, work and training, the time is very limited. I guess you could say I work out in my free time!?? Could you even consider this a good answer?!
What do you want to major or specialize in?
It’s surgery. It is and will always be surgery. From the moment I’ve decided medical school was my future, surgery stole my heart… although I haven’t decided what specialty per say, I am leaning towards cardiothoracic or pediatric surgery.
Who do you look up to?
It is without hesitation my grandmother. She went to medical school in the ’50s and studied in a class where 95% of her colleagues were men. Not only this, but when she was interning in my city, she had to live in the head nurse’s place because they didn’t know where to put her as in that time, it wasn’t “okay” to allow men and women to live together.
I just find it really inspiring that in spite of the fact she was one of the very few woman studying in her time, let alone studying in medicine, she succeeded. And in all honesty, if I could be even be 10% of the student – and person – she was and still is, I’d be the happiest girl in the world.
(If you’re ever reading this: you rock and I love you.)
How do you study (productively)?
Oh. I still have to work on that one.
To be completely honest, I have different techniques according to the class I am taking as not every class require the same kind of work, at this point. However, the one thing I’ve found to work for me is to find the one thing you love about the subject you’re studying, regardless of how small it may be. It’s much easier to work on a something you love. It could be as insignificant as liking to fill up notebooks with exercises while working on physics or wanting to show off your artistry to a bunch of people by drawing your biology notes. It could also be the feeling of accomplishment you get when resolving a complex maths problem. Anything works.
How do you stay motivated in medical school?
While I am not in medical school yet, I do admit that sometimes, thinking about all the years that are about to come is a bit scary, which is why I make it a point to go through them one day at a time and put all my energy towards making the most out of every hour I dispose.
What are your best tips for future medical students?
Go all in. You will have doubts and sometimes, you won’t feel like you belong. And it’s okay. Go ahead and doubt yourself, doubt that you can succeed, doubt that it’s feasible… and then prove yourself wrong.