New Expectations

It’s been a chilllll week.

Even with me having to run multiple errands, send various emails, attend a meeting, and mentally prepare for my next rotation, I’ve been having a very relaxing week. As a matter of fact, I haven’t felt this relaxed ever since my post-Step vacation! (a.k.a. right before I started third-year.) I almost didn’t know what to do with all of my extra free time! I ended up doing a lot of reading for pleasure, catching up on a show that I don’t want to admit that I still watch 😂, hanging out with friends, updating sections on the blog (check out the new section if you haven’t already!) and helping my girlfriend move into her new place in Chapel Hill. I stayed in Winston for the first half of my weeklong break and drove over to Chapel Hill early last Thursday, where I still currently am right now. It has been a very restful break and now that I’m re-energized, I’m ready to take on my second clerkship of third-year!

However, being ready to take on my Ob/Gyn clerkship doesn’t mean that I know exactly what to expect. I recieved my clerkship schedule last week and it already seems like it’s going to be vastly different from my Internal Medicine experience. Plus, it’s only a six-week clerkship as opposed to my 12-week IM clerkship…which means that I won’t have anywhere near the amount of time that I had in my previous clerkship to study for my shelf exam. I’ll literally have to start aggressively studying for the Ob/Gyn shelf exam from day one.

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Although I currently don’t have much of an interest in this specialty, I’m looking forward to experiencing what it has to offer and to how my relationships with the patients that I’ll serve will impact both me and them. Because I was pretty interested in the reproductive unit of my second-year coursework, I want to assume that I’ll find some real interest in caring for this patient population as a whole. Also, the thought of me delivering someone’s baby both excites and freaks the hell out of me at the same time! I can only imagine how indescribable that experience will be! But before I get too deep into the clerkship, I have to go through a weeklong orientation that starts tomorrow morning at 7 AM. Thank God, because I definitely wouldn’t feel comfortable performing Pap smears or any other gynecologic procedures on the first couple days of this new experience.

Well, that’s really all I have to say today. I don’t really have anything else that exciting to share with you right now…but I’m positive that these next several weeks will give me more than enough remarkable experiences to tell you about!

Make sure to spread some love this week and to make it an extraordinary one! I know it may be easier said than done in this nightmarish world we’re currently living in, but it’s extremely important that we don’t succumb to the hate that we have been exposed to in alarming doses as of late. It’s okay to get angry and to feel frustrated, but please try your best to not let these hateful acts of terrorism negatively impact you. And finally, play whatever part you can to ensure that this country moves forward in a better direction, regardless of how ineffective, ridiculous, preposterous, insane, and backwards the current administration is.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

– Black Man, M.D.


Summer Vibes

I gotta say, I’m absolutely loving my time off from school so far.

It feels good to be back home in the 757 with friends and family after having to make a pit stop (more like a week-long stop) in Miami to attend two orientations for the program I’m working with this summer. I also randomly ended up at a concluding breakfast for an annual conference for the Association of Black Psychologists soon after arriving in Florida…but that’s besides the point 😅. The orientations I had to attend were spaced out three days apart with the first one being on Monday and the second one being on Friday. How convenient. The one on Friday was very useful and it directly related to the summer program. It got me even more excited to work with the students in the program. Free Dunkin’ Donuts and Panera didn’t hurt either. 😏 I only went to the one on Monday because the university made me. The info given to us in that SIX-HOUR long new-hire orientation session did not relate to me in terms of my summer employment. Being a current medical student and an alumni of the university, I was already familiar with the information that they presented, which ranged from university history to HIPAA, safety procedures and everything in between. Simply put, I really did not need to be there. But alas, I am a mere speck of paint in the spectacular mural that is the University of Miami. I also needed my name to be on summer payroll. So I silently suffered through it with my co-workers.

I guess I should elaborate a bit more on this program I’m working with huh? I’ve name-dropped it a few times but there are a few of you out there that probably aren’t too familiar with it…my bad! As I mentioned in a previous post (Testing My Brain on a Test on the Brain), the program is called the Minority Students In Health Careers Motivation Program, which is run by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. This seven-week, tuition-free program is one of the three summer programs run by the office with the other two being the High School Careers in Medicine Program and the MCAT Preparation Program. The Motivation program is designed to resemble a “mini” medical school experience where the selected students (ranging from college sophomores to recent college graduates) take a sample of classes such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, & Histology. There is also an opportunity every week to participate in a discussion on a selected topic with a featured speaker while enjoying a free, catered dinner. Not only that, but the students are exposed to Health Equity Research, have the chance to attend supplemental workshops and have the opportunity to shadow physicians every week on clinical rotations. As if all that wasn’t good enough, housing & meals as well as metro transportation between campuses are all free for the selected students! What a program! The overall goal of this program is to promote diversity in the health field by providing students from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to develop skills that will increase their competitiveness when it comes time to apply to medical school. As a Teaching Assistant of the program, I’ll work with my co-Teaching Assistant and the Executive Director in facilitating the overall experience of the students in the program. I’ll be in the classroom each day with them and will assist the faculty in executing lectures and activities. I’ll also serve as a useful resource for the students by answering the various questions they will have and I’ll be able to share my experiences in medical school with them. Needless to say, I’m hyped about being able to work with the program!

In between going to the orientations, I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t enjoying my free time. From taking time to continue reading Black Man in a White Coat (I KNOW I’M TAKING FOREVER TO FINISH IT, DON’T JUDGE ME) to chillin’ at the beautiful Venetian pool with some great friends, I’ve been doing a lot of not-studying. It’s been glorious. I’m only gonna continue this period of relaxation, at least until I start the program next week.

I freakin’ love Summer!!!

I definitely can’t close out this post without shouting out the big homie and Doctorate of Education student, Mr. Donovan Livingston, for his incredible graduation speech (#LiftOff) at Harvard last week! You’re a clear example of a positive force and are an inspiration to many bro! I also appreciate you for being a supporter of this blog from the very beginning and keeping up with it weekly! Thanks for being an awesome friend and a great human being in general!!

As you may or may have not noticed, I don’t usually name-drop people in my blog for various reasons…but since he already done broke the internet and all, I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal this time around. If you haven’t heard his speech by now, you can click on the link below to check it out. I know you have five minutes to spare…so go ahead and click on it. You won’t regret it.


Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! My appreciation runs deep for all those men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect this country! Remember that this country stands because of the bravery and courage they exuded!!

Don’t chase people. Be you. Do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come find you and stay. – Will Smith

– Black Man, M.D.