Photo courtesy of author. Evenings at the Armstrong Medical Education building are usually quiet, with students at home or scattered between classrooms for late-night studying. On a recent Wednesday, however, several students stepped out of their study rooms to an unusual sound: the soaring lines of Ariana Grande’s hit song, “Greedy”, performed by the School […]
My move from Dubai to Baltimore was a new chapter in my story, with a beginning I equate to the opening scene of The Devil Wears Prada. I walked through the aisles of stores and markets the way Anne Hathaway rushed across the busy and endlessly discoverable streets of New York City to start her […]
Are Ph.D. candidates students or employees? The answer is a little fuzzy, which makes it difficult to find a work-life balance while pursuing your Ph.D. Here are some thoughts on how we can take back some control.
With gyms closed or at limited capacity, many have shifted their workouts to be at home or outdoors. Medical student Alisha Dziarski discusses workout options that don’t require a gym or equipment.
The oral exam. The candidacy exam. The comprehensive exam. There are many names for it, but all pre-doctoral graduate students come to fear it. At different universities, this pivotal exam happens at different points in your Ph.D. At Johns Hopkins, most students will take their candidacy exam after their main courses are finished, but before […]
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, […]
I vividly remember one particular week during my medicine subinternship as the Week of the Pancreas. On the wards, I was caring for two patients with pancreatitis: one acute, one chronic. Then, I admitted a third patient with heretofore-undiagnosed metastatic pancreatic cancer. To top it all off, midweek, I received a phone call from one […]
Establishing a healthy work-life balance is hard, and ironically, finding ways to squeeze in de-stressing hobbies can be extremely stressful. Over the years, John Froehlig, a graduate student in the Program in Molecular Biophysics, has perfected the art of making progress on his thesis without sacrificing his other passion: music. Froehlig joined Johns Hopkins in […]