Guest Post: PhD life – chasing the highs

The purpose of this blog is to share personal accounts of MD/PhD training, and I'm excited to expand the perspectives presented here with the first ever guest post! This post is by Alex Yang, who I first connected with via Twitter a few years back (and is a fellow liver lover!) PhD life - chasing … Continue reading Guest Post: PhD life – chasing the highs

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Time Balance as a MD/PhD Student

Q (from ask.fm): As a MD/PhD student, do you have any time for yourself? For family and friends? To just take a break? I would like to do a MD/PhD program, but I want to enjoy my 20s... A: Of course you have time! I fully want to enjoy my 20's as well so even … Continue reading Time Balance as a MD/PhD Student

My third and final rotation

To put it simply, my third rotation was different. Leaning toward joining my second rotation lab, I picked my third rotation advisor not because of the research focus but because the PI (primary investigator) was a new and enthusiastic professor. Seriously, this PI is one of the most passionate people I have met within the … Continue reading My third and final rotation

Reflections from my second lab rotation

Each August, my MD/PhD program holds a retreat that includes inviting alumni back to speak to the current students. This year, the theme of one of the alumni’s talks was “serendipity.” Defined as a happy accident, serendipity was a great way for her to describe how she came to her current career as opportunities arose … Continue reading Reflections from my second lab rotation

Picking a thesis lab is a lot like dating

The lab where you do your graduate school thesis work is where you will be spending about 5 years of your life (or longer depending on your project, sometimes shorter). Whether you do it faster or slower, it is still many, many years of your life. Even more, this experience will be essential to prepare … Continue reading Picking a thesis lab is a lot like dating