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September 9, 2013

Medical School Timeline

Happy Monday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you all something that seems to confuse a lot of people - the timeline of what actually happens in medical school. All medical schools have different curriculums so I can only share the way it works currently at Harvard, but for the most part the first two years are spent learning from books and professors, the last two are spent learning from patients and doctors (and nurses!). 


So there you have it! A rough idea of what goes on each year. N and I were both already planning on doing our 5th years; I did a ton of research in undergrad, missed the lab setting big time, and am interested in immunology and dermatology which meant getting some protected research time in was a priority for me. It just happened to work out that we'll have baby girl now, which is perfect because I don't have to take any type of leave and have an incredibly supportive P.I. (principle investigator,  or the head researcher of a lab, mine is an incredible MD/PhD supermom with an infectious curiosity for what we study). 

Let me know what you guys think of the post! I try to keep my "medical school" related posts relatively few and far between as I thought the readers interested in it were equally few and far between, but I'm thinking that is changing? Make sure you comment below so I can know! Have great weeks guys. 

40 comments:

  1. this is great and funny how you've encapsulated alllll of med school into one graphic and the little disclaimer that residency takes eons :) congrats on taking a research year and your imminent arrival of baby girl

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  2. I love these kinds of posts! Keep em coming! :)

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  3. Your research sounds awesome! It is incredible how things work out so well and timely when you have an attitude as positive as yours. Thank you for being so great.

    I'm so excited for your study skills post :).

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  4. Ooh this is so interesting! I never actually knew how medical school worked and now it makes much more sense :)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  5. Although I am not a doctor/med student but I find this stuff quite interesting and enjoy the med school posts! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Fan--
    Yes.Yes.Yes! I was waiting for posts like this for a longgggg time. Please keep them flowing :) Thanks!

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  7. I just have to say, you are SO inspirational. I've always wondered what it took to become a doctor, and I must say that you make it look effortless(which I'm sure it is not). Knowing what goes into all of this makes me respect you even more! Congrats on your little one and I wish you continued success!

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  8. Thank you for sharing! I would love to hear more about what you are doing and studying. After your research, do you know what area you will be going into?

    xo Moe

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  9. I would love to hear more about medical school and what you are working on.

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  10. Laura, maybe it's a very personal question, but what about finance-wise? If you're doing your 5th year, you get paid for research? Just a little curious, because I work full-time and can barely support myself, haha! If you don't want to answer, it's totally ok. I love your blog!

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    1. That's actually a great point that I totally forgot to mention! I actually get paid for research via research fellowships and the school! No loans for the year! It's a pretty sweet deal, I feel incredibly lucky.

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  11. More medical school posts! I love these. Esp things about study skills, board prep, etc!

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  12. Keep on talking about med school. I think it actually differentiates your from all the other fashion bloggers on the web. :) Maybe do a post on education at Harvard too one day?

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  13. This is so interesting, so much I never realized about medical school! How PERFECT for you guys that baby Liv is coming during your 5th year!

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  14. As a pre med, I love your medical posts!! If you could make a post about your experience as a pre med, like what you did for your extracurriculars/research, that'd be super helpful. Thank you!!

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  15. You're not interested in surgery anymore?

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  16. Loved this post! Please share more posts about your life as a pre-med, what extracurricular/research you were involved in (maybe even your process applying for med schools). I also want to learn more about the research you do and your study skills. Thanks!

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  18. love your blog! Hope you do more medicine posts in the future :)

    http://jessielovesjake.blogspot.co.nz/

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  19. Yes yes yes to more medically minded posts!! Love your blog!

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  20. As a pre-med student, I would absolutely love to see more posts related to medicine. If it's possible, it'd be great to see some posts about tips for the MCAT and the process of applying to medical school (applications, interviews, etc.) Thank you! I love your blog!

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  21. Can I just say, it's amazing that you're so beautiful, fashionable, and smart. :D

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment -- I'm following you now and look forward to seeing more medically minded posts and update about your sweet baby. :D

    love,
    a

    www.missdecaf.blogspot.com

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  22. Not only are you beautiful but smart as well.

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  23. You are tremendously inspirational, thank you for sharing about med school! Please keep the medical posts coming! If possible, it would be great if you could tell us about preparing for the MCAT and the application and interview process, since I am currently going through this whole process.

    And congrats on the baby girl! :)

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  24. I love these posts too. Thank you :)

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  25. So interesting! Thank you for sharing this! Also thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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  26. I too read the blog mainly to see how your progress through medical school is going =)

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  27. FAN, again.
    Yes.Yes.Yes for MED SCHOOL MONDAYS. WE LA-LA-LA-LOVE YOU LAURA :)))

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  28. I've said this on so many other posts but I really do think you're awesome.. and resilient. I always love to hear about women who are doing positive and great things with their education and their lives. Keep up the great work!

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  29. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog through Amy guest post, and just wanted to say I think you're awesome! Finishing up at Harvard med school and just had an adorbs baby girl- amazing! great female role model- best of luck to you :)

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  30. Hi Laura, I love how you acknowledged that doctors learn from the nurses, too. I'm a cardiac Registered nurse in Miami and I enjoy reading your post from physician's perspective.

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  31. You're such an inspiration! :) Thank you

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  32. Stumbled upon your blog from Instagram, and LOVE your blog! You're incredible for balancing Harvard Medical School with marriage and parenthood. I think regardless of whatever field we are studying (law) any student can relate to the same struggles to balance, and it's also really cool to see what the doctor life can be like :)

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  33. Wow awesome blog. I'm interested in medicine too from the uk. To my understanding, u got pregnant in year 3 of MS, what happened during exam seasons and placement ? Do you have to retake the year or ? Many thanks

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  34. Awesome blog . . yeah plz do blog more on med too :)

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  35. Awesome blog . . yeah plz do blog more on med too :)

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