2018 Year In Review + 2019 Goals

2018 Year In Review + 2019 Goals

2018 Review

2018 definitely flew by, but I think it’s important to reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Initially, it felt like not much had changed this year, but after writing this article, I feel pretty accomplished!

Blogging/IG

In terms of blogging/IG, I feel like I came a long way in 2018. I got to work with amazing brands like Brita, Talbots, and Sarah Alexandra, which I wasn’t expecting this year! I’m so grateful that social media has democratized the fashion industry and that I’m able to pursue two very different career paths (medicine & fashion) simultaneously. Medicine will always be the primary (and more demanding) career, but I love that I can dabble in the fashion industry as well.

School

My goal this year was just to survive the 1.5 years of pre-clinical coursework, and I’m so glad to say that I passed all of my exams (Yale is Pass/Fail). That said, I definitely feel like I have forgotten a lot of material from earlier in the year. I don’t know what I could have done differently to avoid this, but I’ll definitely have to review all the material from the last year and a half before my board exams. I was also lucky enough to find an amazing research mentor who I will continue to work with in 2019.

Fitness/Health

I tried out a few different diets (Whole 30, Intermittent Fasting, etc.) this year, and I think I found what works for me. Intermittent fasting (IF) worked really well for me because I am a late night snacker, and IF is something I think that I can sustain going forward.

I also started lifting weights for real this year, and that was one of the best decisions I’ve made! Like many other women, I was concerned that I’d end up looking like a man if I lifted weights. I realized this year that nothing could be farther from the truth. First off, I learned that I don’t put on muscle very easily; I am lifting heavier weights than I ever thought I could, but I still don’t look that strong. Second, beyond being important for health reasons, I think that getting toned looks way better than just being skinny fat, and I wish I’d started lifting weights years ago.

Personal Enrichment

I read 10 books for pleasure this year, which I’m so proud of. Reading expands your horizons in such a unique way, and I’m glad I took the time out to do it. I also practiced my Persian language skills a good deal (through reading, writing, and occasionally speaking with people) and am glad I haven’t totally forgotten the language even though it’s been almost two years since I stopped studying it formally. Last year, I tried to enroll in a Persian language course, but felt that my schedule was too busy. In retrospect, I wish I had taken the course and made it work, since I won’t ever be able to take language classes formally again now that I’m starting in the hospital full time.

Finally, I got to travel more than expected this year, visiting Portugal and Spain, and also traveling domestically. I’ll miss having long breaks going forward, so I’m grateful that I got to visit some new places this year.

2019 Goals

2019 will likely be the hardest year of med school for me, and I’m trying to be realistic about what I can expect to achieve. Whenever I use IG/my blog to keep me accountable, though, I end up hitting my targets, so I’m sharing a few of my goals for 2019.

School

I’m starting my rotations through the hospital in January and will be working longer hours than I ever have before. The clinical year (i.e. rotations) is considered the hardest year of medical school, so everything besides academics will have to take a back seat this year.  I want to be a great student during rotations and impress the attending physicians who will be evaluating me. I also need to study for my board exams in the evenings after completing my work in the hospital. My goal for 2019 is to commit all flashcards for Pathoma, USMLE-Rx, and Sketchy Micro and Pharm to memory. I also want to get through the U-World questions, but I’m not sure it’ll happen before the end of the year.

Blogging/IG

In terms of blogging and IG, I hope to continue to grow my blog and put out useful content. My goal is to write two articles per week, and to collaborate with other bloggers more. I wanted to start a YouTube channel also, but realistically, that’s not as important as studying for board exams, so it’ll have to wait.

Fitness/Health

Despite the hectic schedule coming up, I’m not willing to compromise on fitness. My work outs will probably get shorter (30 minutes rather than an hour), but I intend to stay active. My goal is to continue working out 5-6 times per week.

Personal Enrichment

It’s sad to say, but I don’t expect to read for pleasure this year very much. Maybe a book or two if I’m lucky, but I don’t think my schedule will allow for more than that, unfortunately. I do need to stop using filler words like ‘um’ and ‘like’, though, so that is my big personal enrichment goal for 2019. I think being in the hospital and speaking with patients and physicians all day will force me to kick the habit, but I intend to consciously work on this habit as well.

All views expressed are solely mine, and are not endorsed by my academic institution. This post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and this site should not be relied upon as health advice. I am a student, and share my opinions and experiences through this platform, but am not qualified to give medical advice, nor am I seeking to do so.

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