Cassia Wagner, A Week in the Life
Week in the Life of a 2nd year MSTP Student
Morning: MSTP Brunch at Dr. Mary-Claire King’s home. Great to catch up with friends farther along in the program.
Afternoon: Trail run in the sunshine through the Redmond Watershed Preserve. Study personality disorders and psychiatry medications at a friend’s house.
Evening: Cider pressing party and campfire at the Med House.
Morning: Flashcards for Boards Review and studying for Mind, Brain & Behavior Block.
Afternoon: Class on suicide and physician impairment. The mother of someone who died by suicide spoke to our class. Heavy and important session.
Evening: Intramural volleyball game with medical school classmates. Our team, the “Beta Blockers” lost, but it was close.
Morning: Run along Lake Washington. Study.
Afternoon: Lecture on eating disorders and delirium. Small groups led by psych physicians on how to treat depression.
Evening: Dinner organized by the alumni foundation with medical students and a Family Medicine physician at an Ethiopian restaurant. The doctor shared about what it’s like to provide full-spectrum primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Morning and Afternoon: Primary Care Practicum in Federal Way. Interviewing, examining, treating patients under physician guidance. I gave my first-ever hip injection!
Evening: Date night – delicous tacos and drinks in Beacon Hill.
Morning: Run through Magnuson Park. Review all psych material for upcoming exam.
Afternoon: Lectures on child and adolescent psychiatry. It’s Halloween, so all the professors brought candy.
Evening: Journal club with first and second-year MSTP students. Discuss a paper on developing a mouse model for schizophrenia with human glial cells. Stop by a classmate’s house on the way home to help give candy to trick-or-treaters.
Morning: Visual Thinking and Medical Diagnosis class at the Seattle Art Museum. After class, I spent an extra hour at the museum enjoying the display on African art.
Afternoon: Last psych lectures!
Evening: Take home exam to finish Mind, Brain, and Behavior Block. Pack for weekend climbing trip.
Morning and afternoon: Drive to Leavenworth (~ 2 hours away) and rock climb in Tumwater Canyon. Beautiful weather and fantastic routes!
Evening: Dinner, hot-tubbing, and camping under the stars with the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group.