Useful Blogs

Now if I said I knew all the answers to being successful on the path to being a physician, I’d be lying to your face. And you’d think I was crazy. You would be right. So I’m not even going to pretend that I have all the answers, because I sure as hell don’t. But I can definitely point you to various resources that you may find useful for you or for one of your friends, which is precisely what I am doing with this page. Listed below are a number of different blogs that have caught my eye in one way or another and I hope that they prove to be helpful in your life in some way! Who knows, you may find some profound inspiration. You may come across the answers you’ve been dying to find. You may even discover a new blog to follow or better yet, luck out and meet a new friend. The choice is yours!

MD & Esquire

MD & Esquire, created by two young women by the names of Suzette Ikejiani & Tristin Brown (Suzette attends the Baylor College of Medicine and Tristin is an incoming attendee of the Georgetown University Law Center), is a blog that was created in order to serve as a source of support and inspiration to women of color that are seeking success in the professional realm. But just because this blog specifies support for women of color doesn’t mean that both men and women of any race or ethnicity can’t be inspired by it! They write posts on a multitude of topics that cover things like how to write a great personal statement for law school & advice on what to do when applying to medical school. They also feature various medical & law students on their site for inspiration. I just so happened to land on their blog for their very first #MedCrushMonday feature 😏. Do yourself a favor and check this blog out!

Curve Balls and Med School

Curve Balls and Med School, a blog created by a young medical student attending The Ohio State University College of Medicine, was formed due to her passion for writing and her desire to uplift others that plan on going to medical school. Derin, the creator of this blog, drives this desire home by stating in her own words, “I want to give, just as other have given to me, and teach, just as other have taught me.” In her blog, she talks about her application process, what she did during her gap year, and about her spiritual life, among other things. She also touches on nutrition & fitness, features students in her “Med Student Spotlight” section, and provides some resources for those of you who are deciding on going to medical school. Enjoy browsing through her site!

The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.

The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D. is a blog that was created by a medical student (now a resident) by the name of Jasmine, who also happens to be a wife and a mother to two young children. With this blog, she hopes to inform, inspire and encourage people who are trying to balance their career goals whether they have children or not. Along with detailing her inspiring story, she talks about how she balanced all her responsibilities while attending med school at the Indiana University School of Medicine & how she currently is doing so while she works in her OB/GYN residency program. She also provides a vast amount of useful tips for pre-meds & med students, and she even shares multiple pics/videos of her cute kids! This very popular blog has been around for some time now and generates thousands of views each month, so it’ll absolutely be worthwhile checking it out!

A Little Bit of Lacquer

A Little Bit of Lacquer is a blog created by a Harvard Medical School graduate who is now working as a resident. The creator, who is named Laura, uses her blog as a creative outlet where she can express many of her other interests outside of medicine. Her interests include, but are not limited to photography, cooking, being a mother, art and pretty things. Along with expressing all of these interests in a spectacular fashion on her blog, she also has very valuable posts that cover many aspects of life in the medical field starting from the pre-med years all the way to residency. She even has posts centered on general success that covers topics such as how to deliver a great presentation, the power of mentorship and enjoying the ride of any career path you may choose. This blog has inspired countless people around the world and can potentially inspire you in more ways than one if you choose to check it out! You’re only a click away!

Missionary Orthopod in the Making

Missionary Orthopod in the Making is a blog that was started WAY back in 2004 when the author was an upcoming sophomore in college. The author, who refers to himself as “DoctaJay”, is now a soon-to-be-graduate of the Orthopedic Surgery residency program at Johns Hopkins and attended the Loma Linda University School of Medicine before entering his residency program. He has a massive amount of posts that detail the past twelve years of his intriguing life as a black man in the medical field. He also touches on how his religious beliefs as a Seventh-Day Adventist colors his perspectives on his medical journey, on how research and shadowing opportunities has impacted him over the years and on a variety of non-academic topics. I can guarantee you that this is one roller-coaster of a blog!

Borderline Med

Borderline Med, a blog created by a medical school graduate who goes by the name of Dana, serves as a personal blog that looks to support other med students that may be diagnosed with a mental illness. Dana herself has been afflicted with a few disorders and wishes to share her experiences with the world because she is aware that people in the medical community don’t like to admit that they have a mental illness. However, she isn’t a fan of labels and with her mental health issues being a “0.00005%” of her, she fills up the other 99.99995% of her identity with her unique personality. She has a large number of posts that range from anxiety to med school to men to depression to music to – yeah you get the point. She has a very wide range of topics that she talks about, which makes her blog all the more interesting to read! But she does warn that some of her posts on her blog may be “triggering” and that the emotional rawness of these certain posts may not be suitable for some readers. So keep that in mind as you browse through this unique blog!

Miss Med Diva

Miss Med Diva (previously Student Dr. Diva) is a blog that was created by a former medical student who is now a Marketing Associate at OnlineMedEd. She had initially created this blog to not only portray what life as an osteopathic medical student was like but to also help motivate those who are looking to enter the medical field. At her current occupation, she continues to fulfill her desire of motivating those wishing to succeed in the field of medicine and she plans on using her online platform to further push her mission! Her highly popular blog has a huge number of followers and her story is one definitely worth reading about! Be sure to take a look at this site!

Three Thousand Miles

Three Thousand Miles, created by a young medical student by the name of Trisha, is a blog that was created in order to both provide some insight into her life as a medical student and to forge a new creative outlet for herself while remaining true to who she is. Not only does she share her journey through the wonders of attending school in Los Angeles while providing study tips for med students, she also writes posts about various aspects of her lifestyle that you may find applicable for your own life as well as about how faith has helped her get to where she is currently at in her life. Happy clicking!

The Melanin, M.D. Mentorship Project

The Melanin, M.D. Mentorship Project is a newly formed program that is focused on enriching and diversifying medicine by motivating and supporting minority students that aspire to become physicians. Created by two medical students by the names of Chelsea Henshaw and Yakira Alford, the program is looking to “provide mentorship to pre-med students by serving as a source of information concerning academic and MCAT prep, extracurricular involvements, the medical school application process and the medical school experience”. They’re also working to provide scholarships for pre-med students and they sell some merchandise on their site to help fund these scholarships. This growing movement is surely one to look into!, Social Media’s Leading Physician Voice is a massive blog that was founded by Kevin Pho, MD back in 2004. This distinctive blog is unlike many others on this list due to the fact that over 2,000 authors contribute to this site on a regular basis and that it has been regularly cited in major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Times and Forbes Magazine. The blog has articles in all types of topics written by nurses, specialist physicians, medical students, primary care doctors, surgeons, policy experts, and even patients just to name a few. Dr. Pho himself is a practicing internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, an author and an acclaimed keynote speaker. My words aren’t doing this incredible blog much justice so do me a favor and just click on the link. You’ll be pretty impressed!

Aspiring Docs Diaries

Aspiring Docs Diaries is a blog sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It is a compilation of many different articles and stories written by guest bloggers and serves as a source of inspiration for anyone that aspires to become a physician. This blog promotes diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation as well as in experience and perspective. Posts can be found that pertain to pre-med life, life as a medical student, life as a resident, experiences with patient interaction and motivation in general. Definitely one worth checking out!

The White Coat Investor Blog

The White Coat Investor Blog, created by James M. Dahle, MD, FACEP, is a blog that provides a plethora of financial information geared towards practicing physicians as well as those of us who are looking to eventually become physicians. It’s really scary how little most of the general population knows about finances, much less those of us going into the medical field/are in the medical field. Dr. Dahle makes it easy to navigate the many posts on his blog by not only separating them by the level of the financial expertise of the reader, but by categorizing them in other useful ways as well as archiving them. He even has a whole section full of useful recommendations for a variety of things. I’ve talked about this blog before in my Money Talk, Challenges, & Code Black post, but I feel that the information on this website is WAY too crucial to not add to this list of useful blogs. Bottom line is, this is DEFINITELY worth taking a look at!

Aspiring Minority Doctor

Aspiring Minority Doctor is a blog that was created by Danielle Ward, a medical student attending the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus, who also happens to be the 2017-2018 National President of the Student National Medical Association! Aspiring Minority Doctor serves as a source of encouragement and inspiration for those on a similar path as her who would like someone to relate to and she also created this blog in order to highlight minority women in osteopathic medicine, as well as to document her unique journey through medical school as a single mother. The various sections on her blog, which include “Applying to Medical School“, “Minority Women in Medicine“, and “Surviving Medical School“, have been tailored to provide perspective and advice to pre-meds and medical students alike! She has a great amount of insight and knowledge to share, so I would definitely recommend checking this site out!

Black Girl, White Coat

Black Girl, White Coat is a motivational YouTube vlog that was created by Sandra Coker, a medical student attending McGovern Medical School. Created at the beginning of her first year of medical school, this vlog aims to motivate, advise and help anyone thinking about pursuing a career in the medical field. She shares multiple personal experiences on her platform in an effort to be as transparent as possible about her life as a medical student and she also provides a large amount of advice to her viewers on various topics! She even brings in guests on some of her episodes to help share important information from different perspectives! She has a rapidly growing number of viewers and subscribers, and I definitely recommend that you check her videos out. I was not disappointed one bit after I subscribed to her channel and I can assure you that you won’t be either! She has also launched a website that can be found here!