Tagged on Instagram!

I was recently tagged on Instagram to answer the following questions. Enjoy! 

Who are you and where do you study?

I am Anje'le (ON-JUH-LAY), which can be complicated for some folks so I also go by AJ :) My school is out in lovely Southern California!

When did you start studying medicine or premed/prepa courses?

I started medical school nearly one year ago and the time has flown by!

What made you choose the medical field?

The idea first popped into my head during an 8th grade school trip to Washington, DC and I really started to think about what type of impact I wanted to have on the world. Working as a student athletic trainer and geting my first exposure to sports medicine during undergrad really solidified my desire to go into medicine.

How did you come up with your blog name/username?

My sister and I were sitting in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium after a Beyonc√© concert stuck in the outgoing traffic when we started brainstorming ideas. Given my love for wine, especially merlot, the name seemed was fitting and catchy. 

How would you describe your blog?

In progress...I really got behind with posts during the school year although I plan to do some major updating in the coming weeks as first year winds down. However, I would describe it as an informational, personal, and honest perspective into my life throughout my career in medicine. 

What's your favorite quote?

I have many, but the one quote I have been ruminating on lately is "you don't get what you deserve, you get what you ask for" as heard recently on a podcast called Docs Outside the Box (seriously love this podcast, please check it out!). 

Best memory in medical school?

One of my best memories was a class trip to Las Vegas after finishing our Neuroscience course. A ton of my classmates came, and it was such an awesome way to unwind and have some fun after completing a very challenging and spirit-breaking course. 

What's one course you struggled with?

Neuroscience was probably the most difficult course of first year for me. However, I loved the challenge, and I ended up with some of my highest grades during this block. Hearing horror stories about this course from second years definitely motivated me to put in 100% of my effort.

What's your favorite book?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with When Breath Becomes Air as a close second. I read the latter earlier this year and the writing was simply phenomenal.

What do you do in your free time?

What is free time?

In my forced free time I am usually running, catching up on TV shows, or listening to podcasts. Some of my favorites are Docs Outside the Box by Dr. Nii Darko and Specialty Stories by Dr. Ryan Gray

What do you want to major or specialize in?

Currently orthopedic surgery is of most interest to me with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a far distant second. I am trying my best to remain open to all specialties.

Who do you look up to?

My mother who has the patience, strength, and generosity unrivaled to any other human being on this earth is my number one!

I also look up to Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason who is an orthopedic surgeon now living the entrepreneurial life I hope to one day lead. 

How do you study (productively)?

I am most productive studying alone with my non-lyrical study jams and Pomodoro Timer within sight. Some of the most efficient ways to study for me are spaced repetition, memory palaces (Sketchy is life), and pretending to lecture a class about a certain topic using my whiteboard (which is a great way to recognize gaps in my knowledge). 

How do you stay motivated in medical/pa school?

I stay motivated by thinking of the future patients that will be in my care, being surrounded by other hardworking individuals, taking the time to remind myself why I am doing this either by attending conferences or helping out with clinics, and by taking breaks. 

What are you best tips for future medical/pa students?

I will most likely do a more thorough post on this once classes have ended. For now: Find a way to constantly remind yourself why are putting yourself through so much hardship. Write it down. Create an image. Post it in a visible place. Myself, I created a private Pinterest board that emulates what I would like my future to look like. It is a simple and fun way to stay motivated. It can also be updated as new things inspire you. I got the idea from @lauralacquer's e-course which is something I would recommend checking out.  

I hope you all got a chance to learn something new about me! Thanks for the tag @meghaninmedicine! If you are tagged feel free to answer the questions as well!