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The UBCMJ blog is a space for students to share their research interests, travel experiences, and opinions on medicine and medical education. Interested in writing a post? Contact external.editor@ubcmj.com

As Doctor and Human

First up in our “Dear Me, MD” blog series, a poem by Vivienne Beard, a third year medical student.   I want you to know this, entering clerk You may be a medical student, but it isn’t menial work Each pulse that you take, every blood pressure you check Is molding and forming you beyond […]

A New Series: Dear Me, MD

    UBCMJ is launching a new blog series, titled “Dear me, MD”! We’re in the midst of a chaotic time in our social and healthcare systems. As physicians we have a role to play in community advocacy and empowerment. We’d like to ask students to reflect on the kind of doctor they want to […]

From rejection to reflection: Why getting rejected from medical school was the best thing that could have happened to me

Brendon Bitoiu (Class of 2021) reflects on his journey from a non-traditional medical student school applicant to a clerk on the wards. I wanted to be a doctor for as long as I could remember. The deepest part of me always had an unwavering belief I would become one. But the road to get there […]

Chess as a Metaphor for Self-Isolation

Sorush Rokui (Class of 2021) shares his thoughts from self-isolation. Since self-isolation has started, I have taken a liking to chess. I knew the general rules and had played against friends and family on occasion as a youth. But I didn’t really know how the game worked – and to be frank, I still don’t. […]

Using Multimedia Approaches to Keep Up with Research

Cody Lo (Class of 2021) shares some tips for keeping up with research using social media: One of the challenging aspects of being a productive medical student-researcher is balancing your academic responsibilities and keeping up with your research. Taking leadership of a research project requires you to stay up to date on current research in […]

Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Daniel Kwon from the Benard Lab

We chat with MD/PhD Candidate and current UBCMJ junior managing editor, Daniel Kwon (VMFP Class of 2023), who is studying the use of novel radiopharmaceuticals to target specific elements in cancers for imaging and therapy. Tell us a little bit about your research project. The primary focus of my thesis is to develop new radiopharmaceuticals […]

From the FLEX Files: Introducing Ryan Yan

Up next in our “From the Flex Files” series, we chat with Ryan Yan from the VFMP program (Class of 2021). As a member of UBC SOS eVent, Ryan shares his experience developing devices for patients and providers during COVID-19. Tell us a little bit about your research project. Back in mid-March, when our clinical […]

From the FLEX Files: Introducing Karol Boschung

For our first post in our “From the Flex Files” blog series, we chat with Karol Boschung from the IMP program (Class of 2021). He shares his experience conducting rapid literature reviews on COVID-19 for researchers and clinicians on the frontline! Tell us a little bit about your research project. I am working with the […]

Blog Launch: We Want to Hear from You!

Our website is now home to a brand new blog and we’re inviting students to share their research interests, travel experiences, and opinions on medicine and medical education. Check out our blog categories below and don’t hesitate to reach out! Research Interviews We’re looking to highlight student FLEX projects and research experiences. We want to […]

Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Alvin Qiu from the Hirst and Nielsen Labs

We chat with MD/PhD candidate and former UBCMJ co-Editor-in-Chief, Alvin Qiu, who is studying the epigenomics of synovial sarcoma under the joint supervision of Martin Hirst and Torsten Nielsen. Tell us a little bit about your research project. Synovial sarcoma is a highly aggressive soft-tissue cancer that predominantly affects adolescents and young adults. This malignancy […]