This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing KC Miller…
Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from?
KC Miller: North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Accepted: Can you share some fun facts about yourself?
KC Miller: I’m a dual citizen (Canadian and Finnish), I’ve travelled to and explored 19 countries, 4 of those I have lived in.
Accepted: What’s your favorite non-school book (if you have time to read for fun!)?
KC Miller: The Heist by Daniel Silva.
Accepted: You have a BA in Communications. Share with us where you went to school for undergrad and how you made the jump to medicine from that degree.
KC Miller: It’s a long story! I attended Carleton University fully intending to make a career out of writing (journalism or publishing). Over time I had realized how many people close to me had experienced depression and anxiety, and many had lost loved ones to suicide. I myself had also experience with generalized anxiety. I became very passionate about understanding the brain and how happy people can become so sad, and how mental illness affects patients in general. Like most future physicians, I wanted to be able to fix these problems in people one day.
Accepted: What motivated you to pursue a career in medicine?
KC Miller: I saw a gap in health care that revolved around mental illness and treatment options and wanted to contribute to filling it!
Accepted: As an MS3, has medical school met or surpassed your expectations of it?
KC Miller: I think it has met my expectations, although coming from the Arts I didn’t know many people in the medical field with whom I could draw experiences from. So I really didn’t know what to expect.
Accepted: Why did you choose the current school you are in? How did you know it would be a good fit?
KC Miller: Well, coming from a non-science background and not knowing much about medical school in general, I automatically assumed that it would be impossible to get into a North American medical school without having to spend several more years completing pre-req courses. This is a mindset I regret having, that I’ve talked about in videos before. However (at the urge of my insightful mother), I started looking into international schools that still qualified me to sit the US and Canadian boards that would accept my Arts background and few science credits. I ended up still having to take some extra courses, of course, but my school was a good fit because it let me move forward with my educational goals faster than if I had tried to go the US/Canada route.
Accepted: What has been the biggest unexpected challenge you have faced since starting med school?
KC Miller: The biggest challenge, as a Caribbean medical student, was living in the Caribbean so far from the comforts of home while still managing the life change that is medical school. Academically, though, I really wasn’t expecting to have such a hard time figuring out how to actually study the material. I don’t think it was until I got half way through MS2 before I finally figured out the study techniques that work best for my brain!
Accepted: Post med school what are your plans? Do you know what kind of medicine you want to go into?
KC Miller: I have so many big dreams! As far as specialties go, I’m interested in neuropsychiatry and neuroendocrinology. I have always loved the idea of having my own practice where I implement psychotherapy/counselling with my patients. I want to keep doing YouTube and would love to get involved in the film/TV industry one day as well.
Accepted: When did you start your blog, Medumentary? What motivated you to start it?
KC Miller: I started my blog the summer before my first semester as an MS1. I just love to write and I love social media as a form of communication so I felt like I would go crazy if I didn’t maintain that part of my background at least a little bit. The name is a mix of “medicine” and “documentary” so I thought it was a fitting name for my plan to document my journey through medical school. I also wanted to help non-science students know that it’s still possible to get into medical school, and help inform future Caribbean medical students about important aspects of IMG life.
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