A Day in the Life

Medical Students Reach a Work-Life Balance Through Climbing

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Andrea Yonge and Ben Janson are Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine trainees who are working to become ophthalmologists, a competitive surgical specialty requiring focus and dedication. They are also avid rock climbers, which requires as much intellectual creativity and mental stamina as it does physical fitness and flexibility. The first time I heard this,(...)

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Four Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

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It’s the season of graduate school application deadlines, and, for many applicants, writing a compelling personal statement can be unexpectedly challenging. How can you make your application stand out among hundreds of qualified candidates? Two first-year graduate students at Johns Hopkins were happy to share their top tips for a successful personal statement: 1.      Don’t(...)

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Four Tips for Preparing for a Conference Presentation

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Previously, I outlined the initial stages of my personal preparations for a presentation at American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 conference. This was my first platform talk presentation and I was thrilled at the opportunity to share my research. At the same time, I was equally petrified at the prospect of speaking to a(...)

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Colleges Advisory Program Mentors Ensure Student Success

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“I’m not sure I’m cut out for medical school.” The noontime chatter of the Johns Hopkins Bayview’s main cafeteria filled the silence as I struggled to come up with more words to say. A familiar burning sensation grew behind my eyes. Across the table, Dr. Janet Record, my Colleges Advisory Program advisor and mentor, sat(...)

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Lessons Learned in Graduate School: Do the Impossible

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Part 2 in a series of posts called Lessons Learned in Graduate School. Read Part 1.  When we chose teams in gym class, I was always picked near the end — not because I didn’t have any friends, but because my friends knew I’d still be available in later rounds. I’ve described myself as pathologically(...)

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Biomedical Illustrators: Masters of Art and Science

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The halls of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine (AAM) serve both as a testament to the importance of medical illustration and an homage to the program’s founder, Max Brödel. In addition to being a creator and cultivator of the program, he was also the progenitor of modern medical illustration and pioneered the use(...)

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The Important Role of Caregivers in Health Care

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Though the individuals in this story are fictional, the stories presented reflect my real-life experiences with patients and their caregivers.  Upon entering my patient’s room, I introduced myself and apologized for running late. I sat across from Carry, my patient’s granddaughter. The clinic was running as usual that day. In one word: overbooked. I had(...)

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Encouraging Young Women in STEM Careers

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“It really smells.” “Can we take apart the legs?” I was asked these questions by the girls with dissected frogs in front of them. I’ve been helping through a program aimed at engaging girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With colleagues at the Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, I’ve helped girls dissect frogs,(...)

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