As mentioned in a previous post, writing is one of the strategies I use to manage stress. It allows me to release the emotions I am feeling and reflect on the situation at hand. Last summer, I spent the entire 3-4 months self studying for my first MCAT exam. I moved back home to rural … Continue reading A Dose of Encouragement
Happy August everyone! Last week was a bit crazy for me, but I am back! Congrats to everyone who dominated their MCAT these past two weeks. It's a great feeling to be MCAT free 🙂 Two weeks ago, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by serend1p1ty. The following week, I was also nominated by AwkwardBlackDoctor. A … Continue reading Liebster Award Nomination
I recently stumbled on Dr. Kimberly Manning's blog "Reflections of a Grady Doctor" and found this gem. She recently had her article "The Nod" published in The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) - the July 9, 2014 issue. The Nod is a reflection on a common "black-on-black acknowledgment usually given in situations where only a few … Continue reading Lessons on Cultural Competency: The Nod
I started this blog with the goal of being anonymous. As I continue to blog, I see no fun in that. Plus, having posted my workout video and my fitness instagram, that anonymity is kaput - gone. So I'm formally taking off the veil. Here's the introduction that never happened. The name is Derin. I'm … Continue reading Taking off the veil
It has been months...scratch that, almost A YEAR, since the last time I wrote here. Apologies for the absence. I write in a private journal frequently, which makes it easy to neglect this blog. I promise to do better! There are so many updates! Updates on my job, life after college, the med school journey, … Continue reading Well hello stranger.