A Week in the Life of an MS1
My name is Ashley Keating Stahl. I am a first year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where I am also a Kaplan Student Brand Ambassador. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in biomedical sciences, and I did research In biochemistry. Here’s a week in my life as an MS1.
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During the summer, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has classes called intersessions. Intersessions are short, 4-week intensive courses focused on specific topics. I am in Genetics Independent Study and Advanced Clinical Skills (ACS). I have ultrasound on Mondays and Thursdays, and physical exam components on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Intersessions can be intense, but can also be really fun! We will see how I like my new classes tomorrow.
As an undergrad, I remember asking every medical student or resident I met, “What did you do to get in medical school?” There are multiple things I did that helped me get accepted to medical school with no gap year.
- I volunteered, a lot. I had both a long term volunteer position with responsibilities and I had multiple other volunteer experiences. I highly recommend finding something you care about and getting involved.
- I got as much clinical experience as I could. My most valuable experience was working as a scribe.
- I shadowed physicians every chance I got!
- I became a research assistant and was even able to co-author a publication.
- I kept my grades high and did well on my MCAT.
Monday: My First Day of Class
I’ve got my bag filled with all my doctor tools for Advanced Clinical Skills class. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in ACS we see standardized patients and practice physical exams. Unfortunately I am unable to take photos while working with the standardized patients, but here’s a picture of me working at one of the computers outside of the patient’s room.
My favorite part of medical school is definitely the clinical aspects. I love working with patients. It reminds me of why I wanted to go to medical school in the first place. We don’t have clinics during intersessions, but my ultrasound class makes up for that!
Ashley Keating Stahl is a medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in biomedical sciences, and she did research in biochemistry.
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