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Our best of 2019: Top 10 most-read blog posts

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Happy new year! and welcome to 2020 😀

Looking back, we can say 2019 was a good year for the blog. We published a good number of insightful, high-quality articles for you, all curated by delectable authors in the medical field and beyond.

Keep on reading to find out what articles were read the most last year and why. Don’t miss out!

Failing in medical school

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Although published nearly 2 years ago, this article by Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu has been making hits and it’s not difficult to see why. Failure, especially when it concerns high achieving degrees like medicine is not talked about enough. It’s a topic most people tend to shy away from even though it happens to even the best of us.

“Failure is generally viewed as the opposite of success. This in itself isn’t incorrect but it’s a different perspective. If I only learned one thing in medical school, it is that failure is necessary and can happen to just about anybody. Ok, that’s two things LOL! No matter how much of a prim and proper student you might be, slipping up every now and then isn’t unusual….”. Continue reading here

Dr. Ajitpal Singh Dhaliwal: The Full-Time Hospitalist And Full Time CEO

This was an inciteful article by Dr. Ajiptal Singh Dhaliwal where he detailed bits and pieces about his journey from graduating medical school in Ireland, to do his residency training in the United States, work at a Wall street company worth $120 million, and start his own company thereafter.

I talk too much. Clearly. Becoming an attorney was extremely conducive to my ridiculous, opinionated and loud personality. So, I did… not. I went to The Royal College of Surgeons and then did my residency at Mount Sinai in New York City. I then became an Academic Attending at NYU and at Brooklyn Hospital Center. And then, in case you were wondering, I felt like I plateaued and was stagnant. No one at 28 years old, or at any age, should feel stuck. Read more here

A Letter From Our Founder: Medics Abroad Is ONE!

This article was written by Dr. Adanna Steinacker (Medics Abroad’s founder) in honor of Medics Abroad’s one-year anniversary last year.

I can’t believe Medics Abroad is one year old! It started off with a lot of uncertainties and challenges but I’m so grateful we made it through. We still have a long way to go, but I think it’s important to acknowledge the baby steps and reflect on our journey thus far. In honor of our one-year anniversary, I thought to write about what inspired me to start Medics Abroad and let you know what we have been able to achieve in the past one year. Read more here

Dr. Yashoda Singh: Why I Quit Surgery

This article was by Dr. Yashoda Singh who was formerly a trainee surgeon in the United States. During her surgical training, she made the difficult decision to quit and later switched to a Family medicine specialty training program. In this article, she tells us why.

For me though, my biggest challenge was with work-life balance…Although in the end after 6-10 years of residency, I would be earning well and living a good life, it still wasn’t worth going through all of that as a resident (+on a residents salary) in my late 20s/early 30s, when I valued other things in life more than my job. That was a HUGE turning point for me and it was a very difficult decision to make, leaving my dream job of surgery to pursue something totally different. I took a big risk, but hey sometimes getting a strong feeling about something, taking a leap of faith and believing in your own journey, makes it all worth it. Read more about her story here

International Women’s Day: African Women Killing It

This article by Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu was in honor of International Women’s Day with a focus on African women.

It wasn’t very long ago that I found out a male work colleague of mine who had the same job role as I did, was earning higher than I was for reasons I can never really understand. It also wasn’t very long ago we all read the story in the news about the individual who got ill on a plane and needed a doctor. The flight attendants called out for a doctor, a female doctor who happened to be African-American volunteered and so did a male doctor who happened to be Caucasian. The flight attendant chose the male doctor allegedly because he “looked more like a real doctor”. Honestly, these are the kind of things that keep me up at night. Read more here

Dr. Aima Giwa-Amu: Day In The Life Of An Emergency Medic

In this article, Dr. Aima Giwa-Amu gives us a glimpse into what everyday life as a medic in the Emergency Department is like for her. From a typical morning waking up at 6.30 am, to hospital rounds, on- calls, studying, leisure, her water bottle (Lol!), losing a patient, why she loves Chimamanda AdichieFenty beauty and so much more! Read more here

3 Practical Ways To Up Your Health Game, Like A Pro

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This article by fitness and nutrition specialist Adanma Amaha-Okorafor outlines 3 actual do-able ways to take your fitness game up a notch.

Raise your hands if you can relate to statements like “I’m off soda this month. It’s water or nothing”, “I’m having green smoothies every day for breakfast this week”, “I’m going for a run/ walk three times a week for the entire month of June” etc. The list is endless. Let’s face it, we all desire to be the healthier version of ourselves, who doesn’t? The sad truth, however, is that we actually never end up achieving these goals because we almost always never have an actual plan…Read more here

12 Side Hustles You Can Have In Medical School

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This is an article by Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu about 12 little ways to make extra cash while in medical school.

The journey through medical school is expensive!!! The tuition, the rent, the books, the traveling, Netflix payments, and of course the unlimited supply of coffee (or hot cocoa) all have to be paid for somehow. Because the workload can be enormous, you’re left with very little time to work up enough hours to earn significant amounts of money. Working while in medical school is possible but requires A LOT of discipline to pull off both studying and working simultaneously, effectively…Read more here

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

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In this article, Ola Falade tells us why black history month is a thing and some noteworthy black people who have made significant contributions to the healthcare sector globally.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Black History Month was created in the US by a historian named Carter G. Woodson, who did so to challenge the viewpoint at the time that the black community had no history. He ended up discovering The Association for the Study of Negro Life & History in order for historians and others to preserve black history and its culture…Read more here

Electives: Africa Vs America

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This was an insightful comparison of electives in Africa and the states by Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu.

During one of my electives in a ‘developing country’, as a second-year medical student, I found myself delivering babies all by myself, sometimes at odd hours of the night. This is a good example of something you won’t get the opportunity to do as a second-year medical student in Ireland or Chicago. Read here

Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Medical Communications, and Web Design/Development. She is a part of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She is also a Medical Writer at 3D4 Medical and runs a Medical Communications and Children's books company (ODR Integrated Services/ ODR Books).  She is the author of the newly published children's book series "The Things Around Me".

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