• Pre-Health,  Pre-Med,  Pre-Pharm,  School & Life Balance

    Launch an Outreach Program in 5 Steps

    Sammy is a current professional at Texas Instruments where she works as an Engineer 1 in their Fabrication Laboratory. She has been a very dear friend of mine for the last 5 years since we first met at a Society of Women Engineers meeting. Sammy is a fierce advocate for K12 STEM outreach, and it is my pleasure to invite her to Medical Redhead to share her 5 top tips to launch an outreach program.  To learn more about Sammy and her coaching program for engineers, visit https://sammyzellner.com/. Volunteering in an outreach program is the foundation for the “experience section” of any application – whether it’s for school, jobs, scholarships,…

  • Medical Redhead with her Primary Mentor
    Deciding Pre-Med,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    To All The Doctors I Never Ended Up Being: An ode to mentors 

    Cover Photo: Medical Redhead with her primary healthcare mentor. I’ve been at my pre-health game for sometime: 3 years as a pre-med, 6 months as a pre-pharm. Within this time, I shadowed doctors in emergency medicine, family medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, pharmacy, podiatry, global health, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and rheumatology. From PhDs to MDs/DOs to RNs to PharmDs, each of my shadowing experiences taught me something unique. Yet obviously, I cannot ultimately become all of these specialities. I spent 3 months of one summer shadowing a podiatrist for 80 hours. I loved this preceptorship, and I loved the patients and medical cases. Due to geographical restrictions and other personal commitments, I didn’t…

  • MD,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    Guest Blog: A MS3’s Take On How to Prepare for the Australian Medical School System

    Hello, my name is Steph, and I’m a 3rd year medical student. By now, that sentence flows off my tongue countless times per day. People react certain ways when hearing someone studies medicine, but the reality is that I am no different from anyone else. I have been incredibly blessed; my parents are accountants and administrators who worked incredibly hard to provide my sister and I a fantastic education and opportunities in music and sport. I am just a kid from Perth, Australia who dreamed and applied for a big medical school a 5-hour costly flight from home. I love to read, I go to the church and the gym,…

  • Deciding Pre-Med,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    2018 Recap

    2018 was a bittersweet year of growing up. I simultaneously had the best and worst year of my life. Often, I felt frustrated, confused, and unsure of what I wanted or what can make me happy. Fortunately, I had a solid foundation of good friends and a beautiful family that stood by me and kept me grounded. If not for them, I would have been lost the entire 2018 year. It was at my lowest moments that made me realize how beautiful each milestone was. While I had some major successes, I had some major failures too. A lot of first experiences happened this year. Graduate school, getting married, fearing…

  • Online Planner Snippet
    DO,  Graduate School,  MD,  Post-Bachelors,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    Creating Your Online Planner

    Out of all the tried-and-true methods of movement planner that I have used throughout my pre-med years, the online planner has withstood the test of time. I used to be a fan of paper planners, but with integrated software between my laptop and my phone, it just became too easy to forget about my paper planner. For this blog, I will provide tips to boost your online planner! Throughout college, I would often hear my role models say, “If it’s not on my calendar, it’s not going to happen.” Now that I am a graduate student, I understand the need to maximize every second. By scheduling tasks and events in…

  • Deciding Pre-Med,  DO,  MD,  Post-Bachelors,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    #GirlMedLive2018 Recap

    #GirlMedLive2018 was an absolutely fabulous experience. I am so grateful for all the lessons I learned, the people I met, and the joy I gained from #GirlMedLive2018. This blog is to serve as a quick recap and a thank you to all those who affected me the weekend of November 2nd-4th. A sincerest thank you to the board of Girl Med Media who made this conference happen. I cannot wait to see what happens in 2020. In this blog, I will share 5 main lessons that I will remember throughout my pre-medical training and into my medical school applications. I hope you gain the same reverence for the lessons I…

  • Graduate School,  Post-Bachelors,  School & Life Balance

    Oh No! I Have A Wedding on My Exam Day!

    I was engaged in November 2017 to Mr. Redhead. I was ecstatic to marry him because he has been the greatest support system I could have ever hoped for as I finished my undergraduate career. At the time, I had accepted a full-time offer to work as a chemical engineer for an aerospace company. I would work for some time until I felt prepared enough to apply to medical school. It seemed like all the checkboxes of being an adult were getting checked off. But it all changed when the post bacc attacked… (Shoutout to my Avatar the Last Airbender fans!) My little checklist of “adulting” accomplishments suddenly did not…

  • Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    Really Going For It

    Nothing is more irksome than when someone thinks their opinion is superior to your decisions. Often, unsolicited advice is irritating, invalidating, and sometimes, just plain ignorant. And other times? Unsolicited advice can bring out such a powerful emotion that it releases us from our complacency. I caught up with an old friend this last week and let them know where I’m at in my life. I’ve been really enjoying my engineering internship, I’m still in love with my scribe position, and my MCAT was not as strong as I was hoping, but I already had myself on a new schedule and registered for an August session. Things are great, things are…