My Strategy To Get Shadowing Experience Even When You Don’t Have A Doctor In Your Family + A Free Worksheet

SHADOWING NO DOCTOR IN THE FAM
So, you will be the first doctor in your family, huh? Join the club. Let me just say, I’ve had those thoughts where I wished there was a doctor in my family so I could ask them countless questions. Have you done that too? I know you a probably thinking that things would be so much easier if that were the case. You could get a lot of shadowing done, gain clinical experience, tap into their network, etc… That is true. But, you can do all of that and more even if you don’t have a doctor in your family.

So, in this post I want to share with you how I gained shadowing experience without having a doctor in my family and how I honestly think that you can do the same with a clear action plan.


FIRST, HAVE YOU MAPPED OUT YOUR NETWORK?

No? Ok, get a out a sheet of paper OR skip down to the end of this post and download the worksheet. If you are like me and thought you didn’t have a network just because there were not any doctors in your family, girl you are not thinking deep enough! Don’t feel bad, I did the same thing! It’s ok! Don’t fret!

Here’s what ya do! It’s real simple! On that sheet of paper or the worksheet, write down the names of your parents physicians (include the names of their specialist as well)! I am guessing you have a PCP (primary care physician), write his/her name down too. Can you see where I am going with this?

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How to Keep Track of your Experiences and Accomplishments Before Applying to Medical School

MED SCHOOL ACCOMPLISHMENTS (4)
Hey ya’ll! I hope you are doing well. Last week as pretty interesting. Specifically at work. First, I want to share a bit about my life before I starting working at this job. During my last semester at NCSU I quit my job as a Project Specialist to focus on my studies. One of the reasons why I quit that job is that I really hated what I was doing.

When I graduated from NCSU, I was still searching for a job for about three months. I finally got an email back from a private primary care’s office, had an interview, and accepted the job as their Receptionist. This was in 2013. Tiffany, are really telling us you went from being a Project Specialist, graduated with degree in Biochemistry, only to accept a position as a Receptionist. Are you crazy? Don’t judge you guys! My answer is yes, and quite frankly it turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have ever made. After graduating, I knew I needed to gain more clinical experience before applying to medical school. Yea, I had a lot of volunteer experience, internships and study abroad under my belt but, I wanted to really make sure medicine was what I wanted to do. Yes, losing my mom to colon cancer influenced my interest in medicine but, actually doing the work and having clinical exposure was something I wanted to invest more my time in.

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3 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO YOUR FIRST WEEK OF GRAD SCHOOL: PART 2

UPDATED-3 THINGS TO DO FIRST WEEK OF GRAD SCHOOL PART 2
Hey ya’ll. Welcome back. If you are just joining us and missed PART 1, you can check it out HERE. I will suggest starting with PART 1, only because the content listed in PART 1 has some things you should hash out before moving to the content listed below. So, let’s get started.


3 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO YOUR FIRST WEEK OF GRAD SCHOOL: PART 2

1. Choose a task completion system

Sometime within in the semester, things will get crazy. You know what I say to that? Bring it on! Ok, all jokes aside, I like to have a backup plan when I don’t have time to sit down and beautify my planner with any upcoming tasks. I need something quick yet EFFICIENT enough to help me stay on point. There are ton of systems out there that allow you to schedule tasks and set reminders for those task.  My favorites are: GOOGLE CALENDAR, EVERNOTE and ASANA

But, my absolute favorite and go-to is ASANA. Though it is marketed towards working professionals in teams trying to complete a project, it works just as well for managing school tasks. I like ASANA because of the simple set up and will send reminders a week before the task(s) is due. Here is a sneak peak inside current task list.

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