Every ending opens the door to a new beginning

Today’s inane images of the day:

The 17th floor of Henry Ford has the best views of Detroit.
Tried fowling (football + bowling pins) with my co-interns! I can barely throw a football but it was still fun.
My third consecutive floor month was on this general medicine unit.
I presented a medically challenging case at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ meeting in San Diego this last month!

The first third of my intern year has been… difficult. Residency is a tough job.

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Introducing Amanda Xi, MD

Today’s inane images of the day:

Amanda Xi Graduation
The stereotypical post-graduation-ceremony school photo.
Amanda Xi WDIV interview
I was interviewed by our local WDIV Channel 4’s Dr. McGeorge!

After four wonderful years at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, I can now call myself Dr. Amanda Xi. Thank you to my supportive family, boyfriend, friends, colleagues, and blog readers that have helped push me through the tough times and celebrated the joys with me. I could not have done it without all of you.

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Preparing for the USMLE Step 2 CK [includes a study plan + tips for success]

Today’s inane image of the day:

After I took Step 2 CS, I rewarded myself with a relaxing vacation up in the Bay Area. This is the view from our hotel room.
After I took Step 2 CK/CS, I rewarded myself with a relaxing vacation up in the Bay Area. This was the view from our hotel room.

After I found out my clerkship order for third year, I knew that I would be taking the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS before the start of 4th year. I scored above average on Step 1, but I knew that if I wanted a shot at top-tier residency programs, I needed to improve on Step 2 [I think it all worked out in the end].

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OUWB Match 2015 results are in!

Today’s [not so] inane images of the day:

After almost 4 years of medical school and 4 agonizing days of waiting during Match Week, I was rewarded with my #1 rank – Henry Ford Transitional Year + Massachusetts General Anesthesiology!


The obligatory “I Matched” photo!


My match result still hasn’t settled in. Despite having an entire weekend to wrap my mind around the fact that I matched at my #1 Transitional Year and Anesthesiology Residency programs, I cannot help but wonder when someone will wake me up from this pleasant dream.

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How to upgrade your 2011 or 2012 Macbook Pro RAM (with Step-by-Step photos)

Today’s inane images of the day will be scattered throughout the entry.

Sometime in late 2014, I was complaining to a current 3rd year about how slow my Macbook Pro [13-inch, Early 2011 model] had become. I like running ten to twenty Chrome browser tabs along with the whole Microsoft Office suite and FaceTime [so I can chat with Mike, of course] all at once. It doesn’t take a degree in computer science to know that this will inevitably slow down the performance of my laptop. Anyway, that genius 3rd year suggested that I look into upgrading my RAM and even went as far as to send me a link to the memory he purchased to upgrade his own laptop. After some hesitation [I really didn’t want to screw anything up!], I decided one frustrated evening when my laptop was operating at snail’s pace to just do it.

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