My name is Kamilah Evans and I am a second year medical student at New York Medical College. I started this blog to show how this multidimensional, freckled feminist handles med school and still enjoys an amazing life in New York City. I may or may not celebrate passing boards by drinking mimosas while twerking with joy. Over exaggerating? I’m really not (once you take boards you will understand). I believe the more iterations of a person, the better.
I spent my early childhood in Los Angeles (shout out to Ladera Heights) and moved to Houston, Texas for the rest of my younger years. After graduating from Chapman University, I took a couple of years off to work and travel the world, and decided to do a post-baccalaureate at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine in 2015.
People that have met me along this journey probably had no idea I was going to medical school. Before I became "Med School Milah," I worked as a celebrity personal assistant for years. I was also an outreach coordinator for a nonprofit that focused on prison recidivism reduction and stopping gang violence in LA. I was that girl with 11 piercings and a Rihanna inspired half shaven head of hair, completed with locs down my back. I took my faux Locs and travelled on a boat for 6 months, visited 16 amazing countries around the world on Semester at Sea. I tried different foods and drinks, explored places I was told to stay far away from, danced in the streets all night long, while meeting some of the most beautiful people from around the world. Before traveling, I was an actress and performed in plays like the Vagina Monologues. Before I was an actress, I was a dancer, or should I say still am a dancer-once a dancer, always a dancer, right? (Ask me to do a tilt and this leg will fly hunty!)
The point is this: all these things were necessary and have made me certain that becoming a physician was the right decision! I was on a journey of true self discovery, and every experience led me back to medicine. I am grateful that I found my purpose in life. If you want to learn more, read my Why Medicine entry.
I realize most blogs focus on life after your clinical years, residencies, work- life balance in medicine, etc. I will show the realness of pre-clinical years as medical student- the good, the bad, and the ugly. My hope for this new public exploration is to remain humble, strive for balance all the while being that fabulous bish. I hope to bring ease to students who don't see themselves as a typical science/medical student. Most importantly, I hope to show you how, and why, an unconventional journey to medicine is just as important as the traditional story you often hear.
With my white coat: I am the proud daughter of two African American physicians. Although this isn’t the norm, I stand strongly in this lineage. Since medicine runs deep in my blood, it was important for me to create my own identity as a future physician. My love for medicine came through my curiosity for social problems and health liberation. This undeniable cross section was illuminating when standing on the margins of life sciences and social interaction. It swung open the door to my future career in medicine. My nontraditional journey as a sociology major confidently brought me to serving humanity by being a physician, a career that I am unwaveringly passionate about.
Without my white coat: I am the girl on the frontier, with a huge smile, wanting more. Always looking for more ways to connect to people, travel, experience and love. If you met me randomly, you would probably find me at a bar, dancing, hands in the air (or somewhere outside with some stranger talking about the meaning of life and borderline going into an existential crisis). At a young age, my mother unexpectedly passed and that shook me into my mantra: wake up and live life…until the wheels fall off. This is the only way I stay sane in medical school- remembering what is truly important. Also, one of the many reasons why I started my blog: MedSchoolMilah. Without my white coat, I strive for balance by remaining unconventional and vulnerable.
I am excited to take you with me!
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