Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.



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Asker muchloving Asks:
And one more thing, what made you decide to start a tumblr for your experience and advice? Because doing this (and other medblrs) is seriously the most fortunate thing I've come across. And I am just so thankful that you all take the time to do this.
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

I started this blog as a personal blog back in my first year of med school as a way to document med school and keep in touch with some friends from undergrad who also had Tumblrs (and who had told me “livejournal isn’t cool anymore, geez”). For you archive searchers out there, know that the archives have been censored just a smidge…

I always wrote about med school because it was the only thing going on in my life, and gradually (as I learned how to tag posts) a handful of premeds and fellow med students followed me. But my blog really took off when I started my “Advice to Premeds" series early in my 4th year. It’s funny how I can give the same 10 pieces of advice over and over and over and people just eat it up.

I certainly didn’t start my blog to be an advice blog, although I do enjoy giving it. Hopefully I stay true to its original intended purpose - to talk about my experiences in medicine and talk to friends. 

I don't really have a question. But I just want to thank you for writing such great blogs/posts about the medical career. I am or atleast I was going through step 1- induced depression, and you're post made it me feel a lot better. I thank you, and wish you the best in everything! god bless!
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Well thanks buddy! Hope Step 1 turns out great for you!

Asker bonghoa Asks:
I like you.
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I love your blog. I'm thinking about going to medical school and your posts have been really helpful, so thank you for blogging! I just feel the need to say that.
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Thanks friend!

Asker vineripened Asks:
I just want to say thank you. You keep me from completely melting down with your Pre-Meds series and are hilarious on top of that.
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Thank YOU friend!

And for the rest of you trying to avoid meltdowns, try my Advice To Pre-Meds and encouragement tags. 

(1/2) I just wanted to say thank you so much for doing this blog (: I am in high school right now, about to go into senior year. I am excited, except for one thing: I have no idea what I want to do. I know where I want to go to college, but major and career wise, I have no idea. I used to want to be a lawyer, but hearing some not-so-great things about being a lawyer scared me away. When I was little I always wanted to be a lawyer, and I used to want to be a nurse.
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

(2/2) My interest in medicine has been restored lately, and I have been doing research on medical school and being a doctor. Trust me, reading about medical school (the good AND the bad) gets me way more excited than reading about being a lawyer or being in business like I’ve also considered. Blogs like yours have been a great tool in my research, and your funny posts remind me not to take things TOO seriously (; So thank you so much for what you do! (:

Wow, thank you! Glad I could be an encouragement.

And don’t stress out too much about not knowing what you want to major in. You still have a while before you have to decide. My suggestion, which I’ve said before I’m sure, is to look at your school’s course catalog, circle all the classes you’re interested in taking, and then the major that has the most classes circled is probably the one you should pick. You’d be surprised what comes up. I almost switched my major to English ;). 

I thought of you today when my chemistry teacher (biochem major) thought that she had to teach us reaction mechanisms today and had a flashback to her organic chemistry days. She laughed it off and told us the "wonders" of organic chemistry and told us to "get whiteboards because you will sure as hell need them" for it. She also said she'd pray for us medical field hopefuls in the class!
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Asker leah-in-love Asks:
I just randomly found your blog (while I should be studying for an exam tomorrow...oops) and I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your advice to Pre-Meds. They've managed to calm some of my worries, and give me new ones all at the same time. I can already tell I'm going to be a frequent visitor :)
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Asker hunterworth Asks:
Congrats on you match, from all your posts, sounds like your going to make a great doctor!
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Thanks!

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
youdabombdotcom woman :) Thank you for all your insight <3
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I'm a 2nd year Biochem major, and I (have been working up the nerve to do this ask thing) just want to say that you are too awesome for words. I want to be like you one day--become a great doctor ('cause you know you will :D) and be an awesome Christian as well. For me, it just seems so hard to keep the faith when there are premeds that are atheist/agnostic/follow a different religion. So I ask: what kind of study/devotional do you follow to ensure you're keeping up with your walk with Christ?
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Whoa, such flattery!

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Seriously, stop that. For all you know I could be some guy sitting in a beanbag chair in his underwear eating cheetos, watching porn, and writing a blog. I mean, I’m not, but I could be. I wouldn’t consider myself an awesome Christian or a great medical student at this point in my life. The more you learn, the more you realize your shortcomings and see what you have room to improve on. And trust me, I have lots to improve on. 

Anyway, as for Bible studies, I’ve done a ton of different things. I’ve done super intense hour and a half a day studies (Beth Moore is my jam, but she’s wordy), and I’ve done stuff as short as just reading one subject heading a day in my Bible. Right now I’m working on reading the Bible through in a year. I’m in Leviticus, so it’s pretty tedious right now. This chick does not do well with all the rules. I’m reading the laws and thinking “come ooon GRACE!” But I have an app (YouVersion) on my phone that keeps track of my reading progress and sends me a reminder every morning to read.

There have been long periods of time where I didn’t keep up with reading my Bible daily, and it definitely shows in my attitude, my thoughts, and my actions. 

I don’t really have a particular study to recommend to you, friend. Usually when I’m stuck and need something to study I’ll pick a topic I’m interested in and do a word study or something. The important thing is that you’re reading. Even if it’s not much, it’s something, and it will benefit you all the same. There will definitely be days where you don’t get much out of what you read, but that material will stick with you and come to mind when you need it later. 

I would also suggest maybe finding an accountability parter/mentor/friend (hopefully someone who is just as busy as you or understands your schedule) who you can do a Bible study with or who can encourage you to read every day. I did that my first 2 years of med school, and it helped me  a lot. 

Oh, and don’t worry about the nonbelievers around you. They’ll always be there, regardless of what field you work in. Be open to their questions and even their challenges (you might learn something!), and use their disbelief to encourage you on in your own study and walk with the Lord. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
As an overwhelmed senior in high school getting ready to start nursing school in the fall, I just wanted to say thank you for that last post. I really needed the reminder that God's always here, and He'll be with me every step of the way. :)
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Hey, glad I could help!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
You are so incredibly nice, uplifting and informative. I don't even know you but by reading all of your posts you have removed any doubt or stress I have had with entering the long journey to becoming a doctor. You will be a great one by the way! It's so rare to find people who are willing to help out and genuinely WANT to guide you and not shut you down by saying you've basically gone to pre med hell as you mention in a few of your posts. THANK YOU!
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Asker arrhythmiaa Asks:
Hello! I can't believe I haven't come across your blog yet! (I follow just about every med student/medical blog I find so I don't feel so alone :D) Looking forward to seeing you on my dash, love all your posts!
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Thanks friend!

Love. Your. Blog.
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Well thanks!