Blogs Menu
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions
Active Bloggers
Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003
Hannah Whittenly
Cal St Univ, Sacramento class of 2010
Kamal Imani
class of
Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
LePra George
Clark Atlanta University class of 2002
Andrew Alexander
Johnson C. Smith University class of 2015
Bruce Smith
DeVry University class of 1998
Reflections From the First Year
Posted By: Elynor Moss on July 10, 2018

By: Kamron D. Robinson, Doctor of Medicine Candidate, Class of 2021

Kam Robinson

I cannot believe how quickly time flew by. A conversation that I had with two members of the Class of 2020 comes to mind when I first heard that famous medical school cliché. I remember them telling me how your first year of medical school flies by and that I wouldn’t believe it. At first, I found it as some cruel joke, like how the professional athletes always find ways to joke with the rookies. However, they were right, first year indeed flew by. One day it was June 28, 2017, I wake up the next day and it is winter break, then I wake up and it is summer break! My classmate Dawn Brawley-Mabra summed up first year perfectly, long days and short weeks. Those long days, however, were full of trials, triumphs, togetherness, and growth. In the beginning, there are growing pains – growth can be uncomfortable. But I honestly can say that I grew as a student and a person during my first year.

This was not my first rodeo at MSM. In 2017, I successfully completed MSM’s Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) program. They took a green student with potential who just got his degree from Jackson State University and molded him into a competent medical student and future physician. The program molded me into a student and future physician that will care for their patient and their community; one that understands that being a physician is not a **** or a profession, but an honor and responsibility. I wanted to be a medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine since I was 16. When I was accepted into the MSMS program, naturally, I was ecstatic. When I was accepted into the MD program in January of 2017, I was absolutely floored.

My great friend and current rising third year MD student, Kendra Ivy, told me that the process of learning the volume of information in medical school is equivalent to eating all you can eat pancakes at IHOP. Initially, it’s great, then shortly after you’re tired of pancakes, birthday cakes, and food in general. It does not stop. I will also share some advice that the resident oracle of MSM, Dr. Elks, gave me: you will be surprised what you will get used to. After adjusting to my life as a medical student, I was able to understand that sharing is caring and that there are different ways to eat. Share your information, hardships, experiences with your classmates. When I began to share with my classmates, my free time and grades increased. There’s an African proverb that my class has been told since orientation and it goes: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together.” We chose the latter.

My classmates and I are not just members of the Class of 2021, but we are the inaugural class of 100 MD students at MSM. There is not a group of people I would rather go on this journey with. This collective is awesome! The class is full of personality, leaders, and talent. I knew from orientation that we would be close. We had classmates asking if anyone needed help studying, classmates who were freely giving of their time and insight. The ultimate **** of togetherness that we had, as had many classes before us, was the annual first-year production, Lampoons. That in itself can be its own blog post, but I will say that we put on one of the best productions this institution has seen. From all of the experiences that we shared over this past year, we grew from classmates to family.

To the Class of 2022, it is my hope that you all experience academic and personal growth and triumphs. I know you heard it during your interviews, but you will experience the family environment here at Morehouse School of Medicine. Everyone here is rooting for you and have a personal vested interest in your success. When you need help, ask for it as soon as possible. The ones who get through medical school are not always the smartest, but those who understand how to use their resources to succeed. You have a plethora of resources here to help you, do not let pride derail all of your hard work to get here. There will be long days and some dark nights, but lean on each other and understand that the sun will rise again. Welcome to Morehouse School of Medicine!
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Please Login To Post Comments...

More From This Author
Looking for a new career? See if this career list can point you to your new Employer!
FREE Social Skills Games for Kids to Work on at Home
Register for our free webinar: Telepractice and students with Autism
Creators welcomed! AIA Film Challenge: SHARE YOUR STORY. Win up to $7,000!
Join Our Team! We have careers for HBCU Talent at Boots Retail USA.
Academic Research Moms Group Launches Scholarship Fund with The HBCU Foundation & Meharry Medical College
Latest Blogs
/* “OUTNUMBERED?” By Gregory V. Boulware “And bondage shall end at the end ...more
Gregory Boulware, Esq. • 10 Views • July 14th, 2020
~ "My Biracial Children" ~
/* Lifestyle: "Grandfather Is 'Embarrassed' by Biracial Granddaughter, So What Should Her Mom Do?" By Sabrina Rojas Weiss ...more
Gregory Boulware, Esq. • 9 Views • July 14th, 2020
~ "Thanks For Having Me..." ~
/* "Thanks For Having Me..." By Gregory V. Boulware, Esq. The television "interviewer" posed a series of questions to the guest being int ...more
Gregory Boulware, Esq. • 10 Views • July 14th, 2020
Lovin Her Nappy Nappy - Down Home Remix by Kamal Imani
Check Out the New Video for "Lovin Her Nappy Nappy" by Kamal Imani You can support postive music and images by downloading at: ...more
Kamal Imani • 59 Views • July 14th, 2020
HBCU Grad from Johnson C. Smith University Doctor on The Move
There was a time, not long ago, when black doctors and black patients were not allowed to work, or be treated at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hosptial, where I work. Simkins vs. Cone was a monumental trial ...more
Andrew Alexander • 143 Views • July 12th, 2020
Popular Blogs
Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
Join Brother Marcus and the cast and the crew of the Brother Marcus Show live this Sunday evening on February 1, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. for another hot topic in our community! “Divorce in America in 2009 ...more
Brother Marcus! • 67,710 Views • January 27th, 2009
IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS FOLKS: Some of our Republican senators and congressman..are Swearing & Wearing White Sheets Also ..NASCAR was given 70million dollars in tax breaks the New Fiscal Cliff Deal ...more
David Right • 42,955 Views • December 28th, 2012
Seemingly innocent medication such as Visine eyedrops are used by people to concoct a mixture with similar effects as a date-rape drug. When mixed with alcohol and taken orally, the eyedrops can l ...more
Siebra Muhammad • 42,737 Views • May 23rd, 2009
Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl
Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white teen girl. Bu ...more
Will Moss • 31,640 Views • June 4th, 2020
Black History Daily: Who Was the First Black Female Dentist?
In 1890 Ida Gray Nelson Rollins (1867-1953) became the first black woman to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree in the United States. She graduated from the University of Michigan in June. Nelson ...more
Stacie Coulter • 21,602 Views • August 22nd, 2011