With 1/8th of a Medical Degree Finished, My Favorite Things about Medical School

EMILY-HAUSE-WINNINGHello my holiday readers! I just finished up my first semester of medical school and am officially 1/8 of the way to being a doctor. Since starting school in August, I’ve learned a lot, and most importantly I’ve gotten into my medical school groove. Classes aside, I’ve had some time outside class to explore the new city where I live, make some new friends and most importantly, get involved.

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts that one of my favorite things about medical school is that people don’t join activities just for the sake of joining them. At this point in our careers, we’re allowed to pursue our interests without using them to simply beef up our applications. Today, I want to talk about some of the activities you can join in medical school.

1. Medical School Student Council- if you’re passionate about student government and improving the medical school, this is the activity for you. Most schools have elections for student government near the beginning of the school year.

2. Research- there are many research opportunities either as a bench scientist or in a public health realm. Fortunately, there are many researchers who are looking for competent medical students to help them out! The summer after your first year of medical school is a great time to work on a research project.

3. Admissions- I’m actually part of the admissions team at my school and serve as a prospective student representative. That means I lead tours, answer questions and get to interact with prospective students each week. I like it a lot because it gives me an opportunity to talk with students about why I love my school.

4. Student groups- There are approximately a million student interest groups that you can join or help run. At medical schools, you’ll usually find a student interest group for each specialty that will host events, bring in guest lecturers and answer questions about potential career paths. If an interest group for your specialty doesn’t exist, you can definitely start one!

So, in summation, there is more to life in medical school than going to class and studying for tests!

Happy studying,


  • Tabor

    That’s awesome! Which school are you at? I have 15 schools on my list :(

    • Emily Hause

      Hi Tabor, I’m at the University of Colorado. Good luck!

  • Ghhgggg

    As house of gd says, “you’re now so low on the totem poll, you’re below the ground”

  • LH

    I finished medical school in 2002. You made an awesome choice! Choose a field that you love.

    • Emily Hause

      Thanks LH! I’m super excited to try out different specialties and find out which one is my favorite :-)

      • RM

        Emily ,
        I dont think you will be allowed to… with the various changes to med education being tried out you wont be allowed by the seniors to try out careers horizontally… you have to decide early on during your post qualification/house job/residency time what you actually want to specialize in…. hope this helps….from some one who has retired now…..as a Psychiatrist….living in England….. Thank God

        • Emily Hause

          Hi RM,
          I’m getting to try out different specialties right now! With my spring break this week I’m shadowing different physicians in various specialties.

  • D1881

    Would you share any mnemonics for recalling specific antibiotics and whether they work for Gram neg or pos bacteria as well as which specific bacteria by name they are used against please?

    • RM

      if you just mug up the names of the antibiotics which work against Gram neg bacteria rest will work against gram pos anyway…. that is a somple rule of thumb

  • tookie

    how do you spell lame?

    • tookie

      hey tookie
      don’t be a jerk

  • Cate

    Lame article. Clearly on her 5 min break time. That’s ok…just don’t bother with the “article” on your down time.

    • cate

      this “publication” is meant for CV purposes only. Much luck, Emily! Spend more time studying and being the bad ass in your class instead of writing vapid, useless articles about Med School. Want to impress with publications? Do some real research with an MD/PhD and publish a real article, or with one of your Clinical Medicine attendings if you want to impress

      • SP

        Cate , what have you published, or added to this discussion that could benefit others? If you don’t like these postings, just don’t read them; you are certainly not showing yourself to be the kind of medical colleague anyone would want to have.

      • Emily Hause

        Hi Cate, I’m sorry that I didn’t see this post until now. My posts are in no way meant for my CV. I write for this blog because I enjoy writing and want to share my experience as a med student with anyone who is interested.

        In addition to this blog, I do a great many things. I’m very comfortable saying that I am a badass. I have done “real” research and a large amount of “impressive” public health work. This blog I do for fun.

  • sanjoy

    Once you pass out and join the profession then only you would realize how tough it is but by that time no looking back.

  • David Brandon

    Pathetic, simply pathetic! As a physician myself, I am sadly astounded that you managed to get yourself accepted into medical school – if you truly did, that is. Anyone who participates in activities to pad their applications or resume, when they are not interested, is a sham and a farce. Perhaps you should not be in medicine at all if you are not interested in activities that relate to the field. Your essay is poorly written and does not reflect any serious thought or message. Just sad….

    • SP

      Thank you, David, for providing such a vivid example of the type of physician I was referring to in my comments above.

    • Emily Hause

      Hi David,
      I truly did get accepted to medical school. I did not claim to participate in activities to pad my resume as I believe in only doing things that I love. I know a great many of my classmates however, who only did certain activities because they knew they needed “leadership” or “community service.” Also, my essay isn’t really an essay so much as a blog post after finishing finals. So yes, it’s not serious. I hope you have a great day!

  • SP

    Frankly, I’ve enjoyed this post and I’m appaled by the negative comments. It seems very self-centered of some respondents to assume that because a post doesn’t benefit THEM, then it’s not of value. Please, don’t go into medicine if you don’t have the ability to see beyond yourself. There are far too many arrogant physicians with little EQ as it is. Emily, keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing more about med school from your perspective.

    • Emily Hause

      Hi SP,
      Thanks! It was meant to be an encouraging and fun post after finishing my finals from my first semester. I’m glad that you see it that way too.
      I appreciate your kind response.

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