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5 Ways to Pay for Medical School

Week 49 of  the PreMed Mondays book covers 5 ways to pay for medical school.  Unfortunately, many premeds aren’t taught much about finances prior to starting medical school.  This leads to some pretty poor decisions which have real implications years later.  In general, there are very few ways to finance medical school and in this episode I’ll cover 5 of them while enforcing some words of caution, primarily pertaining to medical school loans.

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Congratulations to Courtney! Student of the Week!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Hello! I’m Courtney Dudley from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m a rising senior at Ohio University with a Biological Sciences major and additional minors of Spanish and Community and Public Health. I’ll be applying to medical school over the summer!

I always search to reinvent myself through some new hobby or opportunity for more depth and knowledge on important topics such as human trafficking and trauma informed care. I aspire to constantly challenge myself and persevere through any experience or situation, so I continue to grow and never lose passion and zest for life. I’ve created a bucket list with hopes to explore the Amazon rainforest, play an extra for a Hollywood film, run a half marathon, surf, go on a yoga retreat, and many other dreams.

2. Who was your favorite teacher in school and how did he or she impact you? Señora Chadima truly influenced me and ignited the passion I have for Spanish, the language, the history, the culture and traditions. She taught me valuable lessons about life beyond the classroom such as cultural competence, empathy, critical thinking, and communication skills. I had her for 2 years of Spanish class, and then senior year of high school, I traveled to Spain with her and some other students over winter break for a cultural immersion experience. We visited many cities including Madrid, Granada, Seville, Toledo, and Gibraltar. I hope to use Spanish within practice someday!

3. When did you first decide you wanted to become a doctor and why? With Law & Order: SVU and Bones on repeat at the house, I quickly developed an interest and gravitated towards human rights and criminal justice. Issues of mass incarceration, human trafficking, wealth inequality, and health care access led to the recognition of disparities and inequity specifically within the United States. I desired to become a lawyer for most of my childhood. By high school, I noticed how I always felt passionate to serve others, to tend and take care of them. I found an amazing opportunity for an internship with the Cleveland Clinic, and we explored many health care professions and ultimately sparked my enthusiasm for a career as a physician.

4. What area of medicine are you interested in? I’m interested in Geriatrics and Orthopedic Surgery. I volunteered at the veterans hospital, Louis Stokes Medical Center, in Cleveland with the geriatric research department. I had conversations with many of the elderly veterans who suffer from chronic pain, and it’s heartbreaking to know how much neglect and mistreatment they experience. Our health care system does not provide well end-of-life care and geriatric care management. I hope to support and serve them the best way I can to improve their quality of life, so they maintain independence as long as possible. I’m extremely fascinated by surgery, especially because of the immediate gratification of hands-on action to identify and solve the problem. I had the privilege to witness a kidney transplant surgery, brain and spinal cord surgery, and heart pacemaker surgery.

5. What’s the coolest experience you’ve had so far on your premedical journey? I spent last summer 2018 with the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University as a student intern. The internship went above and beyond the expectations I had for the summer! I’ve gained a new, broader outlook on health issues with a community-based perspective; it’s not as simple to say ‘well, they should just eat fruits and vegetables, and they should simply be more physically active’. Health inequities and other social determinants create the disparities between neighborhoods, where further issues rise such as, access, affordability, convenience, and safety.

A key takeaway of the internship results from the impact of resident involvement. We worked closely with the resident leaders and CHWs + CHAs at the outreach events. I got to hear many personal stories about how they strive ‘to create change and make an impact’ within the community. They desire to give back to the community that raised them, and it’s a remarkable thing to witness first-hand the passion and enthusiasm they possess to engage with other local residents. They inspire me!

6. What is your favorite book? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It played an intensive role on my journey towards medicine. It’s a multi-faceted book that covers Henrietta’s life, the research of Skloot and the Lacks family, the topics of bioethics and informed consent, and the story behind the HeLa cells. It intertwines a personal family story with an accessible overview of HeLa and cell culture research. The overlap between the Lacks family and the world of scientific research enabled Skloot to stimulate conversation and debate over scientific ethics, racism and poverty.

7. Tell us one thing interesting about you that most people don’t know. A unique, special hobby I have stems from the curiosity and true interest of family history and ancestry. I recently took the Ancestry DNA test, and I quickly discovered that I have roots around the world! I’d depict myself as a true historian and expert researcher on genealogy because I have investigated into our family tree for several years, and I hope to one day travel on an expedition, such as an ancestry journey. I would visit many places and experience the cultures, traditions, and lifestyles!

8. If you couldn’t be a doctor, what would you want to do? I’d be a human rights lawyer as an advocate for others who have suffered from injustice, persecution and civil rights violations. Or I’d be a public health analyst for the NIH and implement sustainable resources to many communities that face an unfair burden of poor health within low-income, under-resourced neighborhoods, specifically in populations of color, youth, and older adults. The strong interest I possess for community and public health comes from the importance of prevention and health education for all.

9. What has been your biggest obstacle as a premed and how did you (or are you) overcome it? I’m truly grateful for every experience over the course of my premed journey. However, I’ve struggled with time-management and confidence. Once I started college, I immediately thought that I must continually find clubs, organizations, volunteer and outreach opportunities to be involved with. Then, I became horrendously overwhelmed and never had the courage to say ‘no’ to any opportunity; I didn’t want to have regret of a missed opportunity. I exhausted all my energy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. With much responsibility, I barely had time to take care of myself. I worried and worked tirelessly until I couldn’t sustain the constant pressure and unspoken competitive atmosphere of other premed students. I had to reevaluate and finally decide what I’ll let go, so I’m able to balance my life and set boundaries over what’s important. Physicians must prioritize self-care! I remind myself often that I’m confirmed and affirmed by God, and I have an amazing support system of family, friends, and mentors.

10. What do you like most about Diverse Medicine? Diverse Medicine provides support and a platform for many students to network and share with each other personal testimonies. It’s a wonderful way to learn and ask questions from others willing to encourage me on my journey. I’m inspired by many other students and appreciate the articles and opportunity for connections

***1 day of GI Bill pays for an entire semester***

For my Veteran Peeps that are running low on GI Bill entitlement. It is the VA’s position that if you have one day of entitlement (you can start the semester) they will pay the school for the entire semester and pay you your stipend for the entire semester! The VA enrollment counselor may not be aware of this. It is not written in their rule book for entitlement distribution. You may have to initiate a three way teleconference with the VA and your schools VA payment processor. How do I k is this you ask? I have 1-day if entitlement left and will be using it to pay for the entire fall semester of upcoming special master’s program. Also, do not forget about the upcoming changes to the Forever GI Bill on 1 August 2019. If you are doing a STEM program (which includes special master’s program and medical school) and are a Post 9/11 Veteran you can submit for a one-time 9-month extension of benefits. Those with little or no entitlement remaining receive higher priority for extension of benefits request. Scroll down to the “STEM” section when you access the link from the VA’s website for independent verification. Note: you cannot submit the request for extension of entitlement until on it after 1 August 2019.

Words of Advice and Encouragement for Re-Applicants 

Not being accepted to medical school on your first attempt is very humbling. You go through a whole array of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Especially for those that have extensive work experience in another career you may ask yourself “should I go back?” I am currently on a 60-day on and 60-day off deployment rotation to Burkina Faso West Africa with the Department of the United States Air Force. My primary responsibly is to work as a Flight Paramedic providing aerial medical casualty evacuation of sick and traumatically injured United States Armed Forces Personnel operating in the region. In my off-duty time, I spearhead a fundraising campaign and assist with infrastructure enhancement for Gisele’s Primary School for Orphaned Children. I have raised over 10,000 dollars on behalf of the school. Working with Gisele and helping these children is both humbling and gratifying. I have asked myself, “is this my main calling in life?” Although I experience a strong sense of elation with this on-going project, my desire and passion for being a physician is steadfast. 

Prior to submitting my application for the 2019 cycle I recall saying that “I would go to a Caribbean Medical School be going to a Special Master’s Program.” Well….I did not get in and after extended personal research and contemplation an off-shore school is not the best path for me to become a physician. 

When I decided to truly commit to my journey of becoming a physician in 2014, I told myself, “ okay I just need to complete the required science classes, and those along with my life and work experience, this will be enough to get me into medical school.” I allowed myself to believe this lie. At the time this thought process sat well with me because I have no choice but to work full-time, or so I told myself. From that moment on until Summer 2018, I viewed the required coursework for entry into medical school as an obstacle to be merely overcome. I did not embrace the classes and material as a partner on my voyage to fulfill my dream of becoming a physician. When I took classes, I focused on how the material could be applied medically and filtered out the information I deemed non-applicable. When I received my MCAT score in August 2018 life abruptly changed for me. I had been instantly humbled and became more appreciative and respectful of what it takes to become a physician. I now know that my desire and wishful thinking are not enough. My past accolades pale in comparison because they do not compare to the level of responsibility of being a physician. The goal that resonated with me was that I needed to change my approach to achieve my dream of being a doctor and transform myself into a full-time student.

Before now, I had not attempted to create a support system. For my entire adult life, I have been accustomed to relying on myself to handle my affairs. There was always assistance available, but I did not take advantage of it. Despite some not so pleasant events and circumstances in my life (some self-imposed and external factors beyond my control), I am choosing to use past failures as a platform to establish future success. 

I have been accepted to Lincoln Memorial University’s Biomedical Professions Master of Science Program, in Harrogate Tennessee. The program begins August 2019. I am very grateful and thankful for this opportunity. I will demonstrate my ability to be a better student academically and have a second chance to prove to the admissions committees that I am a prime candidate to be a future physician and leader in medicine.  

If you do not take anything else away from this blog PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take everything good that you did in the last application cycle and bring it forward with you this cycle. Everything that was not so good determine what that was and get rid of it. Whatever is salvageable but needs refinement, make it better! 

#Lead from the front! #Its not how you start its how you finish! #Its a marathon not a race!

How to use Diverse Medicine Recruitment Center

Wouldn’t it be great if someone built an online community where students from diverse backgrounds could network with recruiters, doctors, medical students, and other students? That’d be awesome. WAIT…that’s!

Relationships are one of the greatest keys to success in life. Often, people who don’t get the job complain that the people who got the job did so because they had strong relationships with the people offering the job. Well, that’s just a fact of life, relationships matter. That’s the strongest thing you can get from Diverse Medicine Recruitment Center, relationships! Our goal is to make it so when you apply to any of the medical schools on this site, you’ve already built a relationship with them.

One of the most important things I tell my mentees is that when they apply to medical school, no matter what anybody tells them, you’ll be looked upon more favorably if someone can say they know you (in a good way) from somewhere else. That’s what Diverse Medicine Recruitment Center does for you. It allows you to build a relationship with people that matter; people that can speak well of you. The other thing I tell my mentees is that after they apply to a school, they should send a message to someone they know at the school and let them know they’ve submitted their application. It could read as follows, “Dear _____, I just wanted to say thank you for the help you’ve provided so far. I wanted to let you know that I just submitted my application to ________ medical school. I’d certainly appreciate it if you could keep an eye out for it.” I’ll be 100% honest here…I’ve reached out to medical schools on behalf of multiple of my mentees and got their applications that had been overlooked, pulled out of the stack to be reviewed. I can do that because I build relationships with people that have influence. Diverse Medicine puts you in direct contact with many of those people so you can build your own relationship.

Here’s how to use the recruitment center in three simple steps.

Step 1: Build your profile! This is a “duh” step but I have to state the obvious. We’ve had people ask questions about being confused with the recruitment site who haven’t even built their profiles. We can’t help you if you aren’t willing to help yourself. If your profile isn’t built, recruiters will not reach out to you. If you don’t have a profile photo, we limit your visibility on the site so basically, nobody will even know you’re in the community. We have to do this because profiles without pictures impact the professional culture of our Diverse Medicine. If you don’t update your profile every 6 months, your profile can be removed from the recruitment center. It is important that we respect the time of the recruiters and as they’ve told us, they only want to see the profiles of the students who take this seriously.

Step 2: Check out the Recruitment Center! We’re working hard to grow our recruitment center. Over the last week, we’ve had 8 new medical schools join. We’ll keep bringing them on for you. You should check out the recruitment center find the schools that you like. All you need to do is hit the “Favorite” button and we’ll send them a notification that you added them to your favorite list. Also, you’ll automatically be added to their list of interested students. From there, that medical school’s recruiter can reach out to you directly via sending you a message on Diverse Medicine. Our job is to get more schools to use the recruitment center. Your job is to build your profile then reach out to the schools so they will look at your profile.

Step 3: Build a relationship! I’ve seen some students on Diverse Medicine do an absolutely amazing job with this part. These individuals mastered the art of using our site to strengthen their status with recruiters and get accepted. This is the key to it all. After you’ve added the school to your list of favorites and are in communication with the recruiter, you need to send them a message periodically (minimum every three months) to let them know how your journey is going or to ask them a question. This is the key! Diverse Medicine Recruitment Center is a neutral playing field where everyone can communicate safely. Recruiters are joining the site specifically for this purpose, to use it to communicate with people just like you.

Bonus: Be active on the site.  When you’re actively engaging with posts and comments, recruiters will see you in the timeline on a regular basis.  This leads to them checking  out your page.  There’s something VERY special on your page that they can see which you can’t.  It’s a big blue button that allows them to add you to their watch list.  This is the special list that you want to be on!

It’s pretty simple, just 3 steps! Build your profile, favorite the schools you like, then foster the relationship. As you progress in your careers and in life, you’ll come to learn that relationship building is key to everything. That’s what recruitment fairs are all about, an opportunity to start building relationships. just makes it a LOT easier for you!

So, what questions do you have for me? Please don’t hesitate to ask. Our goal is to help you achieve yours! 

Thinking About Your Thinking

(Reprinted from the May 2019 issue of Vital Signs, the monthly scribe newsletter from AQuity Solutions.)

Do you ever think about how you think? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t want to look at my thought processes too closely! Other times, I tell myself that I need a new way of looking at things, and I start challenging myself to see if I can come to different conclusions. This process is called metacognition, which is defined as awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes. It’s also known as critical thinking.

How do good medical scribes think? They:

• Raise relevant questions

• Analyze and interpret information

• Come to reasoned conclusions

• Modify their thinking based on instruction or experience

• Communicate effectively with others

First, effective scribes ask questions of themselves and their providers throughout every encounter. The questions may simply be a matter of laterality or duration, but often the scribe can wonder why a provider is commenting on a specific symptom or condition.

Next, an effective scribe analyzes and interprets the information they receive. Patient comments and complaints can be scattered and haphazard, but the scribe can connect the underlying meanings to understand what is being said.

Third, when an effective scribe comes to reasoned conclusions, they often perform tasks and help their provider in ways that can make providers think the scribe is a mind reader. Concluding that a provider has the possibility of diabetes in mind when they ask the patient about excessive thirst, urinary frequency, and peripheral neuropathy symptoms, the scribe anticipates that a CMP and HgA1c will be ordered.

In addition, great scribes learn from experience and from being instructed by their providers or performance coaches. When a physician corrects a chart, the scribe knows how to make their next chart better. Hearing the same provider instructions for bronchitis over and over, the scribe knows how to complete subsequent charts.

Finally, the best scribes communicate effectively with their providers and their coworkers. They think about how to express themselves in clear and precise ways while exuding self-confidence and respect for others.

The late Dr. Richard Paul, Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, defined critical thinking as “the art of thinking about your thinking while you are thinking, in order to make your thinking better: More clear, more accurate, or more defensible.”

What are some ways you’re exercising your critical thinking muscles? 

Anne Bean is a Medical Scribe and Scribe Training Administrator for AQuity Solutions.

5 Courses to Consider Taking Before You Graduate!

Week 48 of  the PreMed Mondays book covers 5 courses to consider taking before you graduate.  Now of course you have to take certain prerequisites to get into medical school, but beyond that, there are other classes that could prove rather beneficial.  In this episode, I’ll share 5 courses to take in undergrad that could get you off to a running start in medical school!Click HERE to register for our 3rd annual Application Boot Camp Webinar Series in partnership with SNMAPremeds, find affordable services designed to help you get accepted into medical school at

Congratulations to Shiraz! Student of The Week!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello everyone, my name is Shiraz Robinson II. I am from Landover, MD; a suburban area of Washington D.C. In addition, I am currently a college sophomore at The Ohio State University. Moreover, I major in biology and minor in chemistry, professional writing, and philosophy. My spirituality and love for science is what contributes to my sense of purpose, analytical thinking, creativity, and versatility. An interesting fact about me that surprises a lot of people is, my left-handedness. I was a student-athlete in high school; I played football, wrestled, and ran track. As a high school senior, I wrote a five-chapter thesis and did a computer science internship at Capitol Technology University. It was a graduation requirement for the science and technology program I was in. Before coming to Ohio State, I did a summer internship at the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence.

2. Who was your favorite teacher in school and how did he or she impact you?
I would to go with my AP Calculus AB teacher, I had during my senior year of high school. In addition, I skipped precalculus to take her class. Moreover, I also noticed that she gave a lot of Khan Academy assignments to former students and I love Khan Academy. Once I gathered that information, I knew she was the right teacher for me. Furthermore, I did everything in my power to make sure she would be my teacher. Over the summer, I did the Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus, and the Trigonometry missions on Khan Academy to prepare for the AP Calculus AB class and exceed her expectations. Throughout the summer and my senior year, I have been doing my Khan Academy in journals. Moreover, I had 6 journals, including the calculus notebook I wrote notes in for class. I am very passionate about mathematics, she ignited a fire within me I didn’t know that existed. Furthermore, I learned so much math in a short amount of time, my analytical mind and consciousness had evolved immensely. My calculus teacher made me a better mathematician. I now want to master all dimensions of mathematics (pure and applied) and the world of math on Khan Academy because of her. 

3. When did you first decide you wanted to become a doctor and why?
I first decided I wanted to become a doctor when I was a little kid. My great grandmother died of pancreatic cancer when I was young and that impacted me. I wanted to learn more about cancer and how to stop it. When I was a kid, my parents got me a stethoscope. Getting a lab coat for Christmas 2018, was another confirmation that I want to become a doctor. As I got older, my reason for wanting to become a doctor has become more robust. As an African American male, I desire to diversify the physician workforce. Moreover, I desire to integrate the laws of quantum physics and medicine together.

4. What area of medicine are you interested in?
I am interested in integrative medicine. It contains western medicine, allopathic medicine, functional medicine, holistic medicine, osteopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, and regenerative medicine. Integrative medicine uses many approaches to medicine to deliver the best patient care possible. This area of medicine is interesting to me because it brings spirituality and science together. I believe integrative medicine will give me the experience of a MD and a DO.

5. What’s the coolest experience you’ve had so far on your premedical journey?
The coolest experience was a MAPS event called “MAKING IT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL”. I was a medical student for one day; I learned about OSUCOM requirements for applicants. In addition, I was in an anatomy lab and observed the different parts of a human cadaver. Moreover, I did a mock interview with an Ohio State medical student. Furthermore, I learned some brain pathology and used a Harvey heart simulator. I also learned how to do intubation on a simulation dummy and use a laparoscopy box. I have met Dr. Quinn Capers IV in person for a second time. At the end of the MAPS event, I have asked and received contact information from medical students. Overall, I had a lot of fun and learned what medical students at OSU experience on a day to day basis.

6. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is an inspirational novel about pursuing one’s dreams. This is one of the quotes from the book: “It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend (dream). It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” I read and annotated this book for my 12th grade English class. In addition, this quote summarizes the universal law of attraction. Dreams materialize when people act on them.

7. Tell us one thing interesting about you that most people don’t know?
I have 1.7 + million energy points on the Khan Academy website. 

8. If you couldn’t be a doctor, what would you want to do?
I would be an elite mathematician, ethical hacker, and biologist for the Department of Defense (DoD) or, Department of Health and Human services (HHS). The NSA, CIA, FDA, and NIH would be areas I would love to work at. 

9. What has been your biggest obstacle as a premed and how did you (or are you) overcome it? 
My biggest obstacle as a premed was my general chemistry 1 course, I took during the spring 2019 semester. This semester was my first 18 credit workload. It has been an exciting and demoralizing experience. I struggled immensely in my chemistry course. I managed to pass with a C. Talking to my mentors about my experience helped me. In addition, introspection and staying positive about the class is why I passed. 

10. What do you like most about Diverse Medicine?
What I like about Diverse Medicine is, that is a website that connects premedical students together. I never knew a website like Diverse Medicine existed. In addition, a medical student sent me a link to a Diverse Medicine webinar. Moreover, I did an internet search and created a Diverse Medicine account.

Dr. Daniel’s Top 5 Reasons for Fatigue

I am blessed to care for a lot of young adults in my Endocrinology practice. I enjoy hearing their goals and aspirations. From teaching, to engineering, athletics, and healthcare careers, I love getting updates on their progress. I typically address their thyroid disorders, diabetes, obesity, and PCOS but there is one complaint that I hear from majority of my patients:

There must be something in the water these days because everyone seems to complain of fatigue. For those prehealth students and professional school students out there, this can really impact your chances to be successful. It’s tough to do well when you always want to fall asleep all of the time. I’d like to share with you my S’s of fatigue.

1. Sleep: Never underestimate the power of sleep! I would easily guess over half of Americans either suffer from inadequate amounts of sleep or a specific sleep disorder. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults has sleep apnea. This disorder can result in a number of problems with fatigue being a primary one. Sleep apnea tends to affect obese patients at a greater frequency although I have seen it in thinner individuals as well. It is always difficult for me to get my patients to actually be evaluated for sleep apnea despite how common it is. Some patients suffer from insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, or circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. It is recommended we get 7-9 hours of sleep daily. Don’t be that superman or superwoman character saying you need only 2 hours. There are a number of important physiological activities taking place during the hours of sleep. For students, many have erratic sleep patterns disturbed by long late-night cramming, work, noisy roommates, and (let’s be honest) partying. Working on sleep hygiene can really make a huge difference. [Message me if you need a list of Do’s and Don’ts.]

2. Stress: We all face stress but the medical training path intensifies this. Some handle it well and others don’t. We often underestimate what stress can do to us and we push it to the side. Amongst the many symptoms stress can cause (headaches, chest pain, muscle aches, anxiety, depression) fatigue is certainly high on the list. If I could write a prescription for rest and vacation for my patients I would. Some countries have built in a siesta or mandatory stress relieving techniques. In the United States this is not very common. I highly recommend taking time out of the day to untangle and for many of us this may mean cutting back on activities. It is very easy to overcommit yourself as a student.

3. Sedentary: Get up and move. God did not design our bodies to sit around all day on the computer or couch. This will only lead to deconditioning. It truly disturbs me when I ask my younger patients if they are physical active and they respond by saying they walk around the grocery store. Maybe this is just a Texas thing. It is recommended that all adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week (or total of 150 minutes per week). Many of us fail to do this. The question I get is, “How can I do that when I am already so tired?” Start small and build up. Use the exercise as a relaxing tool so you can kill two birds with one stone. The benefits of exercise are tremendous. If there was a drug out there that offered this benefit it would be worth thousands of dollars.

4. Substance: Sometimes it is what we consume that is contributing to us feeling tired. This may be in the form of drugs (prescription and illicit), foods, and beverages. Some medications designed to treat allergies, hypertension, cough, seizures, and pain can all contribute to fatigue. Excess caffeine and alcohol may also be a factor. A poor quality diet may lead to nutritional deficiencies and blood sugar dysregulation which may cause fatigue and mood disturbances. Some may also have food allergies. Make sure to get a well-balanced diet with adequate amounts of fruits and veggies. Try your best not to depend on anything to keep you energized.

5. Sickness: Well this is the big one. There is a huge list of medical conditions that can contribute to fatigue. Majority of the time, we are convinced we have a serious disease and often ignore the above issues I have discussed. It is important to address the other S’s above if there is something else going on. The more common illnesses I find in younger individuals include anemia, psychological disturbance, thyroid disorder, obesity, mononucleosis, fibromyalgia, or autoimmune disorder. Other less common diseases can be diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, chronic kidney disease, heart failure, lung disease, cancer, liver failure, low testosterone, infections (viral, bacterial, fungal), multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic pain. Let me offer some reassurance, it is very unlikely that you have one of these less common conditions. These conditions do happen and it can be extremely frustrating trying to get to the bottom of why we are tired but what tends to happen is we lose sleep, become less active and take substances to fight the stress of worrying about what we may have. See what I just did there? We can enter a perpetual fatigue cycle and end up being our own worst enemy. It is best to address what we can while we search for diseases.

So there are a ton of reasons why we are tired. Fatigue is very troubling and frustrating for many of us. My final advice is to address the top 4 S’s. If the fatigue doesn’t resolve then see your primary care physician to investigate for the 5th. Try not to simply place a bandage over the issue. If you have any thoughts or suggestions I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share with your friends and family.   

Now, I’ve got to go to sleep. Let me know if you yawned at all while reading this.. lol.

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Be accountable for your own success!

Week 47 of  the PreMed Mondays book covers personal accountability.  This is a tough episode.  Students need to understand that at the end of the day, whether they succeed or not is due to their own performance.  You can’t blame anyone else or life’s circumstances.  If you want to be successful, you have to figure it out.  Life will throw curveballs and the bat is in your hand.  You have to swing it!

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