This episode is a recap of my third trimester of my first year in medical school. This trimester came with many challenges, but I was able to push through and pass all of my classes. I struggled to establish balance in my life and learned not to be hard on myself when things don't go according to plan. Not being able to podcast consistently really frustrated me, but I've learned that it's okay and reminded myself to be grateful for even being where I'm at currently in my life. It truly is a blessing to have made it this far! During this episode I also discuss my internship with the company MedFlashGo. MedFlashGo is the first interactive voice-based question bank for medical students studying for boards and shelf exams. Dr. Taylor Brana, a mentor of mine, is the CEO and co-founder of this company and gave me the opportunity to join the team in its beginning, and to help with creating content for the company. I also proudly announce that I am now a DO/MBA dual student and will be getting my MBA through a partnership between PCOM and St. Joseph's University. Lastly, I touch upon my experiences this past summer and attending a week long program with the Hazelden Bettyford Foundation, at the nation's largest non-profit addiction treatment center in the country. To find out more about any of these topics, feel free to reach out to me via the contacts listed below.

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Bridgette Wamakima, a fourth year medical student at USC Keck School of Medicine, details her humble beginnings once she and her family emigrated from Kenya to America, and how they had to start from scratch once they arrived. Passionate about women's health, Bridgette was able to stay motivated and continued to persevere once she was faced with the challenges that medical school presents. She admits to possibly dealing with depression at one moment, but that her support system both at school and back at home in New Jersey, was strong enough to help her push through. The importance of community is an overarching theme in this episode, and Bridgette believes this should be one of the main deciding factors when choosing a school to attend. Bridgette also was able to acquire an MBA through USC's dual MD/MBA program, and shares that going to business school gave here the break she needed from medical school to avoid burn out. Lastly, Bridgette explains that it is okay to not have it all figured out and that we should all be patient with ourselves and willing to learn. Practicing these principles are just a few of the tools that helped her #percyvere

 

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Third year dental student Johnathan Rodney shares his journey into becoming a dental student at Howard University College of Dentistry. Raised in Brooklyn, like many other students from inner cities, he wasn't immersed in the best public school system. As a result, Rodney's transition from high school to Rutgers wasn't the smoothest. He started off with a 0.8 GPA and nearly failed out of college. Along the way he was laughed at by professors, asked why he thought he could become a dentist, and doubted by many. With his back against the wall, Jonathan managed to graduate with his bachelor's degree as well as his master's, and eventually was able to secure his spot in dental school. Find out how after many failures he was able to #percyvere. 

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Second year student Darius White details his journey prior to getting into medical school and how he dealt with the challenges along the way. He explains the impact of interpersonal relationships, and how this led him to the streets where gang culture was prevalent. During his journey, he temporarily lost his freedom, got diagnosed with diabetes, and some of the closest people to him passed away. In jeopardy of failing his first year of medical school, Darius was able to gather himself together and #percyvere. Find out how!

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Darius White Email: Dariusw@njms.rutgers.edu

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Second year student Darius White details his journey prior to getting into medical school and how he dealt with the challenges along the way. He explains the impact of interpersonal relationships, and how this led him to the streets where gang culture was prevalent. During his journey, he temporarily lost his freedom, got diagnosed with diabetes, and some of the closest people to him passed away. In jeopardy of failing his first year of medical school, Darius was able to gather himself together and #percyvere. Find out how!

My Email:behindthecoat@gmail.com

My IG: ipercyvere

Darius White Email: Dariusw@njms.rutgers.edu

Darius White IG: dr._d._