Student Stories is a collaboration between The Merck Manuals and real medical and nursing students. Our team of bloggers offers insights, tips, and a glimpse into what it’s like to experience medical school today. Meet our current contributors below. If you are a current pre-med, nursing student, or a first, second, or third-year medical student and are interested in becoming one of our bloggers, please visit our Blog For Us page to learn more.
Wasiq grew up around the Philadelphia area and went to the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in both Bioengineering and Chemistry. Wasiq is interested in research and spent much of his undergraduate career studying alterations in cortical circuits in schizophrenia. He is presently considering cardiology as his future career but is keen on exploring different fields during rotations.89 Articles
Meghan’s path through medical school hasn’t run the smoothest course, but like her preference for a hilly, scenic bike route compared to a flat, straight forward one, she is happy and thankful for the challenges that she has and will face and for the opportunity to share her triumphs and struggles on her journey with you. Meghan believes exercise is the best form of medicine and hopes to make the world a better place as a future family physician. In her free time, Meghan can be found running marathons, hiking in the Adirondacks, singing as a cantor at mass at Siena, and procrastinating on Pinterest.77 Articles
Avni Patel is a third-year medical student at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, MS. She received a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences from Mississippi College. Avni’s lived in Mississippi her entire life, which is a testament to the joy she finds in being involved at her school and in her community.56 Articles
A native of the Pacific Northwest, TR studied international studies at the University of Washington. With absolutely no interest in medicine at the time, TR joined Teach for America, where he taught AP Chemistry in Detroit to incredible students. He is interested in trauma medicine, specifically focused on urban communities, in hopes of providing accessible and quality treatment for disadvantaged communities.49 Articles
Kimia is a second-year Osteopathic medical student. Growing up, she always wanted to be a physician, especially one that works in underserved communities. Although school takes up the majority of her time she likes to practice self-care by working out at the gym or cooking new recipes. She also finds it therapeutic to blog, shoot videos, and edit photography. One of her favorite mottos to live by is: “Only look back to see how far you have come.”14 Articles
Amanda is a fourth-year medical student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine where she currently serves as the Vice President of her class. She pursued an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis. After graduating, she worked as a direct care professional at ACR Homes, providing direct care for those with physical and developmental disabilities. Also during this time, Amanda participated in orthopaedic research for the University of Minnesota at Regions Hospital, St. Paul on city-wide fracture outcomes and non-operative hip fracture management.
In her free time, Amanda is an avid foodie and loves to explore new cities. She also enjoys photography, crafting, and writing for her blog, www.CoffeeAndScrubs.com.14 Articles
Viewing the world differently than his peers, Kareem sees the world in various perspectives. His background is in technology where he has worked on an array start-ups in various industries, where he has always been the go-to-guy to solve puzzles and unconventional problems.
While obtaining his B.Sc from NYU, he worked full time in technology and part time as an oral surgery assistant. He started the Pre-SOMA club at NYU. He loves finding correlations and patterns in everything and takes a systematic analytical approach in everything he does. He loves traveling, learning languages & cultures. He enjoys the ocean, flying airplanes, and rock hiking. He has a love for medicine and technology and serving his community.1 Article