Wow, where to begin? First of all, I am very excited to help the next class get acclimated to Birmingham, and I am honestly so happy with my choice to attend UAB. So, I guess I should start by describing where I am moving from. My wife and I moved to Birmingham from Davis, California.… Read More Transitioning to Birmingham
Geographical Struggles, Adjusting to the South, and Getting Settled Let me start off with some confessions: I can’t point to Birmingham, Alabama, on a map. I’m not even sure I could point to Alabama if the states aren’t clearly marked. I don’t quite understand the categorical difference between “y’all” and “all y’all.” I don’t like… Read More New to Birmingham and the MSTP
The first two years of medical school are a veritable hurricane of information. Students spend days memorizing concepts like Charcot’s triad, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and the branches of the brachial plexus, as they accelerate towards a head on collision with Step 1 of the boards. In the aftermath of that event, MSTP students watch as their MD peers enter… Read More Transitioning to grad school is not like starting over
It was time. I had waited for most of my years as an undergraduate for this, and now I found myself ready to take the next step and move to Alabama for next eight years of my life as an MSTP student. Was I nervous? You’d better believe it! Up until this point, I had lived at… Read More Starting the MSTP
Hey everyone! Welcome to the new UAB MSTP blog! That’s “the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)” to you. Yes, the “at Birmingham” is part of our name, even though UAB actually also has 3 branch campuses ( Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, and a new one opening in Montgomery). Here,… Read More Welcome!