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Q&A: Replying to YOUR comments (Medical Resident Vlog)


Hey guys. I’m Siobhan, a first year internal medicine resident. Today is not like my other videos. You can tell I’m in vacation mode. I’m actually in San Francisco right now, so I’m not able to do a vlog in hospital. And I figured this would be a really good opportunity to answer some of the questions that you guys have been putting in the comment section, so check out the description below. I’ve linked different times, you can skip around to the questions you want to hear about. But first just allow me this one little sappy moment to say thank you so much for watching and contributing, for commenting, sending me messages here on YouTube and on Instagram. I really love hearing from you guys and hearing about your journeys and what you guys think. So it’s been really exciting to see this little YouTube community growing each day, so thank you. Okay, enough of that. Let’s get down to your questions. So midnight moon asked: Do you play any other instruments? So yes, I do. I learned how to play piano ,took lessons, but to be honest I’m a lot better at violin and I enjoy playing it more. So I find myself always going to the violin, and not to the piano all that much. So Akhi asked: Are you Irish? I just get the feeling of Irishness from you for some odd reason. Yes, absolutely. I am 1/4 Irish, so my grandmother’s Irish, but my name is a hundred percent Irish. And I think I also get the freckles from the Irish side as well. So Jimmy asked: What happens if you’re sleeping and you miss the pager? So when my pager is on… The key term is when the pager is ON. For me it’s never been a problem, I can wake up very easily in terms of those pages are very loud. I do know some friends who sort of kept their pager on their chest or clipped them to them, so it’s close to their head. You can turn on to vibrates if you have it on you if it wakes you up But I do have this one story and it was when I was in medical school and I was on the obstetrics and gynecology servic. I went to sleep early and then I woke up seven hours later, of course I was in a state of shock and I look at my pager and somehow it had turned off. Oh my gosh, so I felt like so terrible. And of course I immediately go to the ward and find out that some of the patients have had their babies overnight and I didn’t get a chance to be there. Which is sad, because I loved that. So from now on I always check my pager, just to make sure it’s actually on. Alright, so Hilal is asking: Are you paid for night shifts? Yes. Yes, that’s a big difference from being a medical student. It’s really nice to actually get paid. It’s a small amount and when you actually calculate it out by the number of hours we’re working, it’s closer to like four, a little bit over $4 an hour. So, but that is on top of a salary that we get. So next we’ve got Emily Chea and she’s saying: I’ve always wanted to be in the medical field, but I just found out about 26 or 30 hour shifts. Do you get breaks? Are you on your feet all 26 hours? Or do they allow you to take a nap? So hopefully the last video that I made, which I’ll link above is helpful to see that you do get some naps, absolutely. I’d say there have only been a couple of nights where I got no sleep whatsoever and I’ll tell you… That sucks! For me I get really nauseous, I’ve actually had that horrible moment when you’re like falling asleep and like your head is nodding, with that awful feeling. So that happens, but for me in my experience anyway it’s been more rare to have it be that bad. Do I miss something from the question? Oh, are you on your feet the whole time? So definitely not on your feet the whole time. You get to sit down when you’re doing a consult, looking things up on the computer, you get a chance to sit for a while. Often when I go and chat with patients, I actually just sit next to them on the side of the bed, write my note, chat with them. I think it’s a little bit nicer than standing over someone in bed. So Alondra Villagrana, I hope I’m saying that right. I’m so sorry, I know people make mistakes my name all the time, so I hate to do that to other people. How do you manage to stay so uplifted and have energy in hours like that? So definitely there are times when I don’t feel like I’ve a lot of energy, but it makes a difference that you’re on call with a team. And hopefully in a future video I can show you guys that we have our senior medical residents, we’ve got medical students, usually we’ve got three residents on. We often work in the same room, writing up orders and writing up our notes for patients. So there’s a bit of a community, sometimes we order food in together, you can kind of commiserate with people, so that makes a huge difference. And the other part of it is yes, I’m up late and feeling kind of crappy but then you walk in and you talk to someone who’s in hospital because they are sick. And they’ve had a worse day than you, they’ve been waiting a long time and when you start to hear their story and how terrible they’re feeling, it sort of puts things in perspective. And automatically your brain changes, you’re not thinking about yourself. You’re thinking about someone else, so that really helps. Okay, let’s see what’s next. So smiley asked: Is residency harder than being a medical student? Ehm, that’s a tough question. So I think we come to each new experience with different skills and so our perception of what’s hard is different. So when you come to med school, you don’t know the material, so the actual concepts are new, you’ve never been at a hospital, all procedures are new, the idea of a team, working with nurses, everything is new. So I think that’s really challenging, but then when you get to residency you have a whole new set of responsibilities and that’s definitely a challenge. And I’d say the hours in residency make it a bit tougher as well, but I feel like I’m coming to residency with more skills. So maybe when you balance them out, it ends up being about the same. But either way, I think when it’s a challenge and you enjoy what you’re doing, the idea of something being harder maybe isn’t always a bad thing, because it makes you work a bit harder. You’re excited, it’s a challenge that you can work towards. Maybe that’s just what I tell myself because I’m in the middle of it, but that’s the way I feel anyway. So next we’ve got Viola Haag asking: What are your hours like? And I hear they’re brutal when you’re a resident. I’d say right now my typical day I get there at 8:00 and I leave between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. So it’s a decently long day, but what makes it really hard, what makes the brutal feeling is call, so every fourth night I’m on call for about six months out of the year. And that builds up, because sometimes it’s not every fourth night. Sometimes they get stacked like Friday, Sunday or Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and then all of a sudden you’re feeling exhausted after that, but it’s not always like that. When I’m on subspecialty sometimes I only have call once every week and that starts to feel really good. Okay, so Mini Makki is asking: What program did you take in university? So I’m a little bit different than most people, I went to Indiana University. This is obviously my favorite sweater ever, it even comes on holiday with me. And I went to music school, so my undergrad was in violin performance and I was a music major. So not the typical path, but just shows you that you can do anything you want before med school and you can still go to med school. So Caleb is asking: How to make an application stand out for medical school? And how important is it to be different than other applicants? So I definitely think it’s really important to stand out. They are seeing so many applicants to medical school or even to residency, depending on which stage you’re at for applications. I don’t want that to freak you out. You don’t need something that’s so different. You don’t need to have an undergrad like violin or be a lawyer before, something like that. Every one of us has something unique about us, we each have our own story. We’ve come from somewhere different, we have a different life perspective, so no one is the same. I think it’s just about sitting down and really thinking and talking to your friends, talk to your family. What makes you unique? What would someone else say about you? What’s the thing that you feel proud about? Or feel passionate about? And you take, even if it’s something little, and you weave that into a story that you can present to someone else. So definitely not something to get freaked out about, but more about saying what’s unique about me, because there is something, I guarantee it. So Julie Rutherford is asking: Do you have to go to college before medical school? And if so, what classes would be appropriate to take? So it actually depends where you are in the world. So in some European countries you actually go right from high school into medical school, but their medical school is longer. And correct me if I’m wrong if any of you are watching and it’s slightly different for you. But from what I understand, if you’re the states you do an undergrad before you go to med school and that’s the same for Canada. Some schools actually let you go after three years of an undergrad and then you can apply to medical school, but most people go after four years. Some people even do a master’s before they go to med school. In terms of what courses are appropriate. I mean, there are gonna be some specific requirements that you’re gonna have to do. I would say, look up some of the schools that you’re interested in going to and find out what specific courses they need. I would say most of them are going to be general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochem, biology, things like that. But then I would just put a plug in, that this is a really really cool time. When you go to university, you have an opportunity to think broadly about the world and to be able to explore things that you might be passionate about. So I would say: don’t limit yourself in the terms, the course you take to only science courses. They’re only things to get into medical school, because at the end of the day being a good doctor is about being able to understand the world, where different people have come from. So taking English courses, literature, learning about the world and people who have come from a lower socio-economic status or people who live in the top 1%. You’re gonna be treating everyone, so understanding where people come from and the worldview they might have, will only strengthen you as an applicant and as a person. So don’t limit yourself. Next we’ve got Hayley and she is asking: How exactly did you come to volunteer in all these places? So this is in response to one of the videos I made about my story coming to medical school, what I did to get into medical school. So I definitely did just go online and start googling a bunch of different things. I had an idea that I wanted to get some experience in hospital. So I just looked at all the hospitals locally, they all have a little volunteer section in their websites and you can just get information. And I just applied to a whole bunch of them and saw what came back. But I wouldn’t just think about hospitals or healthcare, I think it’s a great idea to start talking to people in your community, your friends, family. What are some interesting places that developed in your community? Can you help a unique group of people? Do you have a skill that you can bring? Like doing arts and crafts or cooking or contributing in some unique way to your community. So don’t limit yourself, find a way that you’re gonna feel passionate about what you’re doing. Because at the end of the day, you’re actually putting in quite a few hours, so pick something that you like. Ah, there’s so many other questions that I want to answer. I just want to say that I always try to answer quickly when you guys write a comment. I read all of them, I love hearing from you. So definitely keep letting me know what you think along the way, it really affects the types of videos that I’m making. It’s a collaborative process between us. So I’m actually heading out, I’m going to be going to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s been a bit of a dream of mine, so I’m really excited about that. But I’ll be heading back to Canada soon and back to work, which means I’ll be able to put out another vlog from hospital in not too long. Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, leave some comments below if there are questions that I haven’t answered already. So bye for now and I’ll chat with you guys later.

100 thoughts on “Q&A: Replying to YOUR comments (Medical Resident Vlog)

  1. This is my second video of yours that I am watching and just saw that you have an Indiana hoodie witch is so cool because I live there. I want to be a doctor and it’s great that you share your experience.

  2. i'm from Dominican Republic and we went right from high school to med school, the difference is we last 1.5 taking basics classes (chemistry,biology,physics etcc), 2 yrs basic science (anat, phys,pharma etc) 1 yrs pre-intern and at last 1 yrs being an intern, total is 5.5 years to get a medical degree.. btw love ur channel so much <3!

  3. I am not in the medical field, I went into the LPN program but it was too hard. I love hearing about medicine though. I have a syndrome and spent so much time in a hospital as a child.

  4. I am in middle school (8th grade) i have been thinking for a while now what i want to be and right now i am thinking of becoming a doctor in the future and i am freaking out about the whole college and medical school thing i just wanted to know if it is challenging and if its expensive to go to medical school

  5. I just found your channel and binge watching all of your videos! I work with doctors and its so fun seeing this side of the profession! 🙂

  6. You are wearing an IU sweatshirt! Did you go to IU Bloomington? I did – BS '95. Yes, I'm old lol.

    Oh- just saw an earlier comment and you did. I heart Bloomington and IU!

  7. Q&A question……
    When you’re sick do you diagnose and prescribe yourself? Or do you have to have your own doctor 👩‍⚕️. Sounds like a silly question but I’ve always wondered. 😊😊

  8. This is 'my' third vids. I think you are very good at explaining things. Have u ever thought of becoming a lecturer or a professor in the future?

  9. Love, love your videos!! You are so upbeat and informative. You don't just say "I went to patient's room, blah blah, and I charted". You actually go in depth and that's how you help people!! I don't have any questions for you, but did want to mention my heritage is Irish, so yay, virtual high five!! Thank you for sharing your stories!!

  10. Good Morning, love your videos. Would it be possible to number your videos so i can watch in the correct order? I guess I could always sort by date, but hey numbers in the title would make it easier for lazy people like me. LOL. Keep up the great work. I love your positive attitude.

  11. Hi. I am currently a fashion design student but I want to go to medical school. I have a fashion business which is why I am majoring in design but ultimately want to have a main career in medicine. Can you make a video on your college experience, and what made you want to be a doctor? And the process of going to back to school and how you GOT INTO medical school with a music degree?

  12. In Romania(Europe),after high school u go straight to med school ,no matter what u studied in high school.Everybody takes an exam and if u pass u go in.without any interview.

  13. Hi :). Do you think the university you go to matters when applying to med school? I get great benefits from going to ASU and majoring in Biology but, do you think it would be better to go into a more "reputable" school?

  14. You are an inspiration to me. Im so interested in going to med school and yout videos are really informative, you gave me such motivations.
    Thanks alot Violin MD

  15. I just wanted to ask when do you actually started getting paid? Is your residency just all volunteer hours?

  16. Do you have any medical field tv series, movies, documentries books you reccomend? To prepare for the field or simply just for fun!

  17. In the Caribbean after high school we go to medical school. Medical school in the caribbean is 5 years instead of 4 years as in the US and canada.

  18. G'day from rockhampton Qld Australia I love you watching your videos can use plain the white jackets what doctors wear because in Australia we don't wear white jackets

  19. In the uk you go to high school till 16 and sit GCSE, you then choose a 2 year a level (what you need if you want to go to medicine), there are other options post 16 but not if you want to do medicine. You then apply for a medicine degree for 5 years at a university that provides one, after that you have your foundation year one and year two rotation which sounds like medical residence, you then choose medicine, surgery, gp etc. And train as a senior house office eventually passing exams to join the fellowship/ college (royal college of cardiologists) as a consultant

  20. I can't speak on behalf of anywhere else in the UK, but here in Scotland we don't have medical schools but instead have medicine courses in university from which you can attend straight after high school and the courses last around six years. Although they're very competitive because of how infrequent they are. So y'know, fun…

  21. I am really new to your channel, but I really love your videos and you as a person. Your positivity and hearing your view on things really makes my day. I really feel so warm when I watch your videos. I know this is a bit of a tmi, but it really helps when my depression is too much to handle and I need to listen to a driven and encouraging individual to give me hope that I can get up and face my day. Thanks so much for your content. I am so excited to see more of your videos. 🙂

  22. Hey girl, can you go over whether you got a scholarship or did loans and what they're like? Thanks 😊

  23. The possibility of you reading this is probably slim. I have a question regarding choices in the field of medical studies. Sorry for tge storry time. I am currently a university student, however I am not in the field of studie I would have chosen.

    I live in South-Africa and here we have 3 different kinds of math in high school. Mathematical literacy, pure maths and alpha maths and that is also the rank in which they are considered. For all medical fields other than nursing pure maths or above is required. I did mathematical literacy and although I can do my pure maths and science online, it my not be a possibility financially.

    I would not mind doing nursing science as my field of study should I change faculty (it was actually my first choice). But I currently have statistics as a subject in university and I am actually doing quite well in it. And the idea of not limiting myself became a constant bother and thought in my head.

    I guess I'm asking for your opinion. Should I move over to nursing and afterwards pay for my own online courses in math and then try for an added degree in medical science or try and convince my family to allow me to take a year's brake from university in order to do my grade 11 and 12 math and emediatly try for a degree in medical science ( however this is not very likely) or finish my current degree in public administration and international communication, while doing my math and science.

    However I do not want my parents to unnecessarily pay for something I do not see myself doing in the future and I don't want to wast money as they have spent more than enough raising me and giving me a comfortable life growing up.

  24. As a med student in Mexico, I did high school and right after that to med school, which lasts 6 years and bc of the law here, after that you have to work for the government for nearly free for a year and then you can do residency, by the way, amazing videos! Keep the good work!

  25. Hi there! I really want to become a doctor but I'm halfway through my first year of university doing psychology and I absolutely hate it! In high school I never took any sciences which I know are crucial for medical school. I am very capable and just lack motivation. So when I put my mind to something, I can do it. What should I do? I was thinking about nursing but a doctor is what I'd really like to be. What should I do?

  26. Here in Portugal is just like that, you can go directly from high school to med school, you just need very good grades (guess I'll be studying none stop) XD. But you also choose the area you want to do high school in. For example if you choose humanities (that incorporates, Portuguese, History; Geography, etc…. depends on what you choose) you can't enter med school because you need the biology and chemistry exams as well as math A (math A is an obligatory subject for Cience and Tecnology and Cience Socioeconomics. There's no other area with it, not even as a choice) so the only way to go to med school is by Cience and Tecnology (the most challeging area btw XD). Btw love your videos!!! Also sorry for the long explanation…

  27. Hi! I'm from Latvia and here we can go to University to study medicine right after high school, but the medicine course is 6 years here. After that you can choose your speciality and study more.
    Your videos are awesome, loved the music on this one! You're awesome!

  28. Siobhan u really inspire me and I really like watching ur video however I just can't overcome my emotional problem like maybe when I see a organ I feel like its in my body but I have a lot of time to overcome that problem since I am just in year 9 but if u could give me some advice on that then l would be really grateful.

  29. Hey there! Love your channel and LOVE your videos. I just wanted to say that Quebec has a slightly different way to admit medical students: you don't have to have a bachelor degree before getting into medical school, you just need a CEGEP 2-year diploma in either Health Sciences or Applied Sciences (which are exactly the same programs). And for those who don't know what CEGEP is, it's a free "tremplin school" or a "bridged school" if you will connecting high school and University. It is a mandatory step before university and after high school, just like France has its Bach after high school. You can compare it to the Ontario 12th grade, which we don't have here. Here would be the "typical" way to get into medical school: you graduate from high school at 17 then you do your 2-year applied sciences program in Cegep and then you can get accepted in medical school at 19. Obviously, this is one way to get accepted in Med here, but over 6 different ways exist and just like you Yvonne, you can come from many different backgrounds, have a Bachelor and yet still get into med school. That's all I had to say! Thank you so much for doing this and hope that you will continue for a long time! Cheers :).

  30. Love that you went to IU!! I’m from Indiana (South Bend, so I’m a Notre Dame fan!) But it’s great to see Hoosiers represented!! Such a great school as a music major! I was shocked to see this sweater on you! I’ve been watching for a while and just started watching older videos and I saw this as was shocked! I knew I liked you for a reason hahaha 🙂

  31. In my country, med school is a 6 years long undergraduate program. I wonder how things can be learned in just 4 years :O

  32. Just an FYI, in the United States there are some medical schools that offer a 6 year program you can get into right after high school, but they are crazy competitive to get into and only the best of the very best are accepted into that program. And it's a very difficult program once you get in because you are completing your undergrad degree and medical degree in 6 years instead of 8.

  33. But you didnt actually answer the question…… what happens if you miss the page when the pager goes off? do you get in trouble?

  34. In Australia:
    if your ATAR (High school score from years 11 + 12) is high enough you can apply for the undergraduate pathway. You must take the UMAT (Reasoning test to see if you're empathetic, reasonable and well-read), UMAT + ATAR = interview, then all of that might mean you get into the university for undergraduate medicine.
    Anyone who has completed, or about to complete, a Bachelors' degree can enter through the postgraduate pathway. You must take the GAMSAT (postgrad version of the UMAT), your undergrad. GPA (7 point) + GAMSAT = interview, then all of them might get you in that way.
    Some universities are portfolio universities which means you have to give examples of leadership experiences, volunteer opportunities, etc.

    Undergrad. medicine teachs all the biology and stuff for 3 years before going into medicine-specific stuff for another 3 years*
    I'm unsure of this since I'm applying for Postgrad.
    Postgrad. is 4 years; 2 years preclinical learning biology, path, how to be a doctor and ethics, then 2 years completely clinical.

  35. Been watching you for a while and I just found out you went to the school I’m currently attending! I’m currently a second year undergraduate studying psychology! Hoping to graduate at the end of this year 🤞🏼

  36. Great video. Question I have is how did you do the courses needed to get into med school in one yr. I live in Canada just wondering how to do it. Thanks

  37. I just started to watch you´re videos and I´m thankful that you post videos about medical school. I am planning to go to medical school and this is so much help.

  38. When I first starting watching you I was so satisfied and I fell in love with your channel and now I kinda want to be a doctor cause sometimes I just watch Cause I love your videos

  39. I've spent most of my life in hospital due to Vonwillebrands my blood doesn't clot you doctors have saved my life multiple times thank you xxx

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