Fulfilling relationships, no-tech time and forgiveness are the three things this medical student says have made her feel re-energized, focused and happy.
Author: Natasha Abadilla
A letter of gratitude from a medical student-turned-patient
After a health scare, this medical student gives thanks to her support network and the many medical professionals who took care of her.
“I am a domestic violence survivor”: One medical student’s story
In this Stanford Medicine Unplugged essay, medical student Natasha Abadilla shares her personal experience with domestic violence.
The medical student’s identity crisis
In this Stanford Medicine Unplugged piece, second-year medical student Natasha Abadilla reflects on how medical school can delay many aspects of adulthood, such as career and family.
A medical student’s reflection on time, our scarcest resource
In this Stanford Medicine Unplugged piece, second year medical student Natasha Abadilla reflects on the importance of time.
The problematic process of desensitization in medical training
In this essay, medical student Natasha Abadilla reflects on the walls that medical trainees put up between themselves and their patients.
A med student’s Christmas wish list
What do medical students want for Christmas? Second-year student Natasha Abadilla reflects on four gifts that top her wish list.
Pearls of wisdom for the pre-clinical years of medical school
The term “clinical pearls” is often heard during med school teaching sessions. If you haven’t heard it, I like the description given to me by …
Not all “gunners” are equal: Thoughts on achievement during med school
I’m three weeks into my second year of medical school, and my classmates and I are sharing feelings of being “old” compared to the first …
Don’t let the fire consume you: A letter to incoming medical students
Dear Future Med Students, Congratulations on your acceptance to medical school! Wherever you're starting this fall, know that you're joining a “cult” of health care …
The case for slacking off in school
This quarter, during the block of our Human Health and Disease course dedicated to learning about the pulmonary system, I conducted one of the scariest …
Struggling to stay afloat: Studying for med school finals
Studying for finals in medical school is like trying to survive a rip tide. That's the most accurate way I can describe what it feels like …
Thoughts on love – from a med student terrified of it
With this being the week of Valentine’s Day, one thing has been pulled to the forefront of thoughts around the world: love. The four-letter word …
The first-year medical student’s quest: Remembering the life in lifelessness
Back in September, an Inside Stanford Medicine article featured my first-year medical school class on our first day of anatomy. It spoke of learning anatomy and …
The importance of self-compassion amidst Finals Week stress
Today marks the first day of Dead Week for pre-clinical students at Stanford’s medical school, the seven days before the first day of Finals Week, …
Doctors should take care of teddy bears, too
I’m a first-year medical student who recently discovered the magnetic pull of surgery. As one might assume, on my first day scrubbing into the OR …