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  • Philip Stone

    July 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    So this is definitely a third or fourth life for me.

    I feel like I have done a little bit of everything from a gym owner, profession athlete, security contractor, poker dealer, casino manager, emergency department scribe, and even an English teacher for foreign students. My interest in medicine was sparked from the evolution of knowledge and interest in science. When I finally decided to go back to school I thought I was going for business…. To satisfy a science credit I took a basic gen chem class and had the chance to blow something up… lol After that I changed to a science major. One thing lead to another and I found a major interest in patient care-especially emergency medicine (potentially General Surg)

    My experiences in the real world prepared me to be task oriented and really keep my internal evaluations in check. I found that proper planning, time management, accountability, and fine tuning my most efficient way to learn was a key to success through basic sciences. Learning to mute the noise in the background really helped through the long nights and early mornings.

    Now that I am in clinical sciences I really am hooked! Applying the science we learned in basic to real life patients and treatments is incredible, especially when you totally get the concept. The preparation done for Step 1 really has set me up for success in rotations, and I recommend taking the time not only to learn the topics of the week, but to really understand them and be able to apply it to a patient. When you can do this you really have it down.

    Keep pushing your limits and there will never be an unreachable goal.