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Top 17 questions med students hate to be asked

This is a highly controversial blog post for me.  I’m quite sure all my friends and family have been guilty of asking me one, if not ALL of these at some point.  I don’t mind answering or giving a sarcastic response.  I’m so immune to it, I barely notice how irritated I am when people ask.

1).  When are you done?  You’ve been there forever!
I usually shake my head and give some sort of a half smile.  “Yeah, I have been here forever, I’ll probably never get out of med school, I’m planning to spend the rest of my life as a student.”

2).  Are you EVER going to get married?
Excellent question.  I love when people ask this.  I typically reply with “I sure hope so.”  I’m actually thinking:  “Yes, I’m going to get married, but it will probably be long after you’ve been divorced twice, had six kids and filed bankruptcy, best of luck friend!” 

3).  You’re running out of time.  When will you have kids?
Sometimes when I’m super stressed, I literally just say whatever is on my mind.  One of my friends had the unfortunate experience of this after they asked me this question.  I replied with:  “God willing (pause)… as long as my ovaries don’t rot and fall out of me by the time I get out of med school and hopefully by then I’ll still be able to reproduce, but even then if I’m over the age of 35 there’s a high probability that my kids would have some sort of terrible genetic defect causing them to have mental or physical deficits for the rest of their lives.”  (drops the mike).
oh kim

4).  How will you ever pay off those student loans?  How much debt do you have?
First of all, WHO says crap like this?  Oh yeah that’s right… my friends.  My response:  “I’m planning to have one of my fellow med students surgically remove one of my kidneys so I can sell it on the black market.”

5).  What if you fail?
“If I smack you across the face and no one hears or sees it, is it still considered assault?”
miley eye roll

6).  Where will you work when you’re done?
“I’m not sure, but while you’re at it, do you wanna go ahead and predict oil prices for me and how the housing market is going to fluctuate in the next year or so.  If you could write it down and email it to me, that would be great, thanks.”
oil prices

7).  Are you sure this is what you want to do?
“No not at all, I just simply decided to devote the next X number of years of my life to something that I don’t want to do at all.  Yep, you hit the nail on the head.”

8).  Are you going to be in school forever?
“Yep, it sure feels like it.”
ryan eye roll

9).  Why did you choose to study medicine?
Well at the time it seemed like a good idea, but now I just make jokes to keep from crying.

10).  Why do you want to be a doctor?
Somedays it’s easy to answer this question than others, but typically I just shrug my shoulders and say “I have no earthly idea.”

11).  Why did you forget about my birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby shower, etc?
How do I answer this?  I was studying for exams – surely you’ll be sympathetic to that.  MEH.  Probably not.  

12).  What will you do with all the money you’ll make?
Seriously.  I’m trying to figure out how to buy lunch in an hour with the $2.00 I have in my wallet.  It’s not like I hit the lottery as soon as I’m done with med school, I’m in tons of debt.   sideways eye

13).  When do you start making money?
I always answer this with “Not soon enough.”  Literally, it can’t come soon enough.
make it rain

14).  Where are you?  Why didn’t you like my Facebook post?  Didn’t you see (insert life event) that happened?
I honestly stopped responding to these people.  I don’t know how to respond or what they want me to say and I’m just done trying to please people.  (closes message window).
belle eye roll

15).  (Gives you a bunch of symptoms).  Can you diagnose me?  What do you think I have?
No idea.  You should probably go see a real doctor.

16).  Aren’t you in medical school?  Shouldn’t you know this?  What are they teaching you over there?
So before I dive across the table and strangle this person.  I take a deep breath and give them the stare.

17).  (After they tell you an exorbitantly long story).  I’m so sorry.  Are you in the middle of studying?
Nope, just sitting here painting my nails, nothing important going on.

I know this blog post is full of satire, sarcasm and cynicism.  I personally think it’s hilarious and most med students can probably relate to a lot of what I posted.  Hopefully, no one gets TOO offended.

If I forgot any annoying questions, let me know in the comments below!


10 tips for new medical students

I remember my first day of class and my white coat ceremony.  It was the beginning of a life long adventure that is still continuing.  I had a rough transition to medical school – coming from a background of pure business, I had an advantage in talking to patients as well as professors and other colleagues.  On the other hand, I had to learn a lot about how to tackle science classes and excel.  I’m still a work in progress, but I’m getting there!

1).  Learn how you study.

2).  Cramming is NOT an option.

3).  Get copies of old exams.

4).  Be positive and motivated.

5).  You are not a doctor… yet.
not yet

6).  Don’t forget the people that matter.

7).  Setting aside time to relax is OK.

8).  Organization is key.

9).  Be nice to everyone.

10).  Study in groups every so often.
group study

BEST OF LUCK!  Whether you’re just starting or you’ve been in school for a while, these are some great tips to live by.  If you need help studying check out my https://heatherbergdahl.com/2014/10/01/study-tips/

Friday Night at home

I’ve long gotten over the crazy, late Friday nights spent out dancing and getting into trouble.  I wouldn’t trade anything for my Fridays at home – especially getting to bed early.  SOOOOOOO lame right?  I disagree.  Here’s my reasons why Friday Nights at home are the best:

1).  Slippers or Fuzzy Socks – Can you think of anything more comfortable?  Wearing shoes is just as annoying as wearing pants some days.  If I could trade in my heels and gym sneakers for slippers – I would ANY day of the week (if only it was socially acceptable to wear to class).


2).  Having time to cook – This is so essential for me, it lets me prepare my meals ahead of time and get a yummy, fresh home cooked meal.

I’m actually really good, I swear!

3).  Catching up with friends and family – The phone is definitely glued to my ear between 7pm and 9pm on Friday night.

I usually trip on EVERYTHING while I'm at it
I usually trip on EVERYTHING while I’m at it

4).  Netflix binging – I’m not super into shows, except for one – How to Get Away with Murder (if you haven’t seen it, you should).  I can’t wait until Friday rolls around so I can get my bowl of ice cream and catch up on Annalise Keating’s latest antics!

She's so sassy!
She’s so sassy!

5).  Doing whatever you want, whenever you want – What schedule?  Kick your feet up and do nothing – or something.  That’s the beauty of it – it’s up to you!


So, what are you up to tonight??

Hocus Pocus in Med School

That moment when you wake up and realise you have a full day of classes AND lab…

glorious morning

It was a tough day of classes and you look like…

what happened

You should probably go talk to the prof, but they look at you like…

dost thou comprehend?

and you’re like…

don't look

You leave the prof’s office wishing you told them…


Instead you head towards your study spot like…

calming circle

But then you convince yourself…

hocus pocus

Happy Halloween!

5 things I do the night before a big test…

24 hours before a big exam.  What to do… well don’t panic.  Hopefully by now you’ve put in the time, studied the material, reviewed multiple times, practiced questions, participated in study groups and are moving towards mastery.

1).  Organization is the key to success.
Plan your day accordingly – schedule breaks, group study sessions and self study time appropriately.  Write it down!

2).  Light Full Review.
I always do an entire review the day before an exam.  I start early in the morning and work through all of the lectures.  I also put specific time limits on each lecture to make sure I get through everything.  

3).  Relax.
It’s the night before a big test – you know your material- you’ve been reviewing it the entire semester.  Focus on picking out a few minute details and take it easy.

4).  Talk to a calming loved one.
Do not call someone who is going to add extra stress to your plate.  Always call someone who is in your corner and wants to succeed – preferably a positive, motivating person.  

5).  Go to sleep early.
This is extremely important.  I’ve found that I perform so much better on an exam when I sleep versus pulling an all-nighter.  I have an easier time understanding the questions and choosing a correct answer.



Finals are done and I’m free (for the summer)!

I am happy to say that finals went extremely well and I’m so pleased with the results!  I worked my butt off for those grades and I’m incredibly proud of myself.  I always find it so crazy that the success of test grades always lasts such a short time in my mind.  I’m excited for less than an hour and then it’s on to the next thing.  Can you imagine?  Working for months and months and then only being excited for an hour?  It’s pure craziness!

Over the last several weeks, I’ve taken a barrage of study-selfies and random classroom pictures.  Oh – and I mixed in a few pictures from after finals, check them out: