Medical Student Series: Ayobami Olufadeji
Geisel School of Medicine’15
"School is hard, but if you have people to carry you through and support you, it makes it a heck of a lot easier…I’m always open to change as long as I understand what the final goal is….This is what I want to do for the next 20, 30, 40 years. How I get there is flexible"
Physicians stand on the shoulders of some very brilliant people
Think for a second about the most treasured drug or device in your medical bag. Or about the procedure you find most appealing, the disease or injury you most enjoy treating. Personally, I really enjoy doing lumbar punctures, opening abscesses, placing IO lines and applying splints. And because I’m an emergency physician, I am duty bound to say that I love to intubate … and I do.
I also enjoy doing nerve blocks, whether dental, regional or digital. In fact, I did my own digital block on my very painful great toe, wherein there was an ingrown nail. I endured it for about one month, believe it or not, but ultimately I was too cheap to go to my doctor or any other doctor. So I sat down in my bathroom with my wife and kids in attendance. Just before I started, I said, “I don’t think I can do this to myself!” To which my insulin-dependent son, Seth, replied “Are you kidding me?” The shame worked and the needle and bupivicaine left my toe tingling for at least 12 hours. Continue…
Considering MD/MBA? This Would be Helpful
Over the past couple of months, I’ve had conversations with several pre-meds who were interested in a combined MD/MBA program. “What’s the best medical school for MD/MBA programs?” This question pops up every time a friend/pre-med tells me about their interest in the business side of medicine. Here are a list of schools you might want to look at
- Baylor College of Medicine + Jones Graduate School of Management
- Boston University School of Medicine+ Boston University School of Management
- Duke University School of Medicine + Fuqua School of Business
- Harvard Medical School + Harvard Business School
- New York University School of Medicine + Stern School of Business
- Penn State College of Medicine + Smeal College of Business
- University of California Irvine + The Paul Merage School of Business
- University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine+ Anderson School of Management
- University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine +University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- Giesel School of Medicine + Tuck School of Business
- Keck School of Medicine + Marshall School of Business
- Creighton University School of Medicine + Creighton University College of Business
- University of Louisville College of Medicine +University of Louisville College of Business
- University of Arizona College of Medicine + Eller College of Management
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine + University of Connecticut School of Business
- University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences+ University of Buffalo School of Management
- Tufts University School of Medicine + Northeastern University College of Business Administration+ Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University
- University of Minnesota Medical School +Carlson School ofManagement
- Perelman School of Medicine +Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine+ Owen Graduate School of Management
- Weill Cornell Medical College+ The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University
- University of Michigan School of Medicine+ Stephen M. Ross School of Business
- Drexel College of Medicine +Drexel University LeBow College of Business
- Tulane University School of Medicine + A.B.FreemanSchool of Business
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5 books to read before starting medical school
Essay That Got Applicants into Harvard Business School….
….MIGHT BE USEFUL TO THOSE WRITING ( OR THINKING ABOUT) Medical school essays
When I was 12, I watched my dad tattoo himself for four hours. I assumed this meant he was the toughest guy in the world. I quickly learned, however, that he was human, and nothing demonstrated this like our family’s finances. Bounced checks, late rent, and payday loans were de rigueur within families like ours, and bill collectors’ calls were always screened with extreme prejudice.
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What else would I like you to know? I am who I am today mostly because of my brother. He was born when I was four years old, and he had an extremely rare birth defect called Robert’s Syndrome. At the time, he was one of a handful in the world to have it. He was born without arms, couldn’t walk or talk, and had many other severe physical and mental defects.
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I love people. I cannot remember a time when I did not have a genuine interest in every person that I met. Where are they from? What makes them tick? What do they love? On road trips with my family, I would watch out the window for hours and wonder who my fellow travelers on the road were. Where were they going? What had brought us here together so close to one another?
A letter to new medical students
Dear new medical student:
Congratulations! You are about to embark upon an exciting, life-altering experience, one you will never forget. You are about to join an elite group of people who will now be your peers going forward.
You will be continually fascinated, and not a single day will go by from now until you retire that you aren’t challenged by something you have never encountered before. You will be solving problems and thinking, using your brain for the good of your fellow human beings.
It will be difficult though. Some days you will scream, some days you will cry, some days you will want to crawl under the covers and never get out of bed. Some days you will eat too many donuts or chocolate, some days you will drink too much coffee, and some days you may have one too many glasses of wine. Read more…