A Day in the Life: Harvard Medical School Student

(soft upbeat music) – My name is Julia Pian. I’m originally from San Diego, California. I went to Harvard College for undergrad and I’m now a third year medical student at Harvard Medical School. Typically I start a day
anywhere from six to 7:30. I’ll wake up and basically head
straight into the hospital. I’ll often check on the patients that I’m working with and
see how their night went. And then I join Rounds
which is where we go with the whole team of the
attendings, resident physicians, as well as medical students
sometimes nurses as well. We go and we see every patient. Kind of tell their story and figure out what the plan is for the rest of the day. The rest of the day kind
of varies, honestly. Sometimes I’ll go with
the attendings to clinic where I’ll see patients in
the out-patient setting. Sometimes, like right now,
I’m on my surgery rotation. I’ll go to the operating room and see some really interesting cases. And then sometimes I’ll stay
on the floor with the residents and take care of the
patients in the hospital. Maybe do a little
procedures there as well. It really varies what time
you get home depending on how busy it is but once I’m home I try to do a mix of studying and relaxing and preparing
for the next day. So maybe I’ll start by watching an episode of my favorite TV show and then do a little bit of reading and practice questions for upcoming tests. (soft music) ♪ Groove it, everywhere ♪ – You’re a third year medical student? – Yeah. – Why did you go to medical school? – You know, medicine has always kind of been on my radar as
someone who loves science. But I think I realized medical school would be a really good fit because it’s kind of
the perfect combination between the science and humanities. Obviously as a doctor
every day you’re thinking about science to help patients but you’re also learning
about peoples’ stories and learning how to tell peoples’ stories and advocate for them. So, I really like kind of
that combination of the two. – Can be.
– And so I think I want to go into pediatrics, which
is taking care of little kids. I’ve always just loved
interaction with kids and I think it’ll be really interesting to also learn how to interact with both the parents and the
kids at the same time. And honestly pediatric diseases are really, really interesting. Working with kids every
day is just so delightful. I mean they bring this kind of new and fresh perspective and
they do hilarious things. – Right, and you’ve worked
with kids outside of medical, the medical profession as well right? – I have, yeah. I worked with kids in the
martial arts perspective. I started a company with you actually. – [Man] We did start that together. That’s right.
– Yes, we did. – We did, we did, yeah.
– I forgot about that. We co-founded this company
called Crimson Kicks where we taught three to
six year olds martial arts. – [Man] Mm-hmm. – And, that was just a blast. Absolutely a highlight of my week. – Right Yeah. Yeah. So, where are we right now? – So, we are, yeah. We are in one of the
society learning studios where first year medical
students, basically, spend the whole year
learning about medicine, anatomy, pathophysiology
from our professors. Harvard Medical School recently
moved to a new curriculum. So our curriculum happens
to be called Pathways and they called it that because you get to forge your own pathway,
as they like to say. So you get to entirely
choose what electives you’ll take to kind of
build up either your resume or to explore random fields
that you’re interested in. So you get to choose, basically, whatever you want to
do in those last years and really take advantage
of the opportunities of the hospitals around here. – And, do you think that
sort of Pathways route is unique to Harvard Medical School or is that replicated in
some other medical schools? – Yeah I think a lot medical schools are kind of starting to
go towards this model. It’s becoming more and more common. So I think it’ll be a trend for other medical schools as well. So we spend our first year, as I said, here in these classrooms learning from professors, from
books, from lectures, videos, those kind of things. And then our second year we move to the clinics and
actually get to interact with patients and kind of
learn on the job as we go. We do a core, I’d say,
of all the different specialties throughout the year, so we get to try all the
different types of medicine. And then our third and fourth years are a little more flexible. We take some classes back
here in the classrooms, we go and try different electives in the clinics for whatever interests us and we can work on research projects or other cool initiatives
that are on campus. (upbeat music) – So did you discover that you wanted to do pediatrics through those rounds or did you know beforehand that
you wanted to do pediatrics or some sort of combination of the two. – I think it was a kind
of combination of the two. I actually think I’m pretty unique in that I came in thinking that I wanted to do pediatrics and after this year I’m still saying the same thing. It’s really, really common
for people to come in thinking they want to do
a specialty like surgery or medicine and then come
out the other side realizing that’s just not for them and
they have a whole new love. So, it’s great. – The admissions process
from undergrad to med school. What did that look like for you? – Well the admissions process is kind of broken into
three different stages. There’s the primary application that you send to all the schools. Secondary application’s more
essays but school specific. And then my favorite part, the interviews where
you actually get to go to each school and learn
a little bit about them and have them learn a
little bit about you. It’s definitely a long-haul process but I think it’s really
worth it in the end and it culminates in, as I
said, you go around and meet a lot of cool different students, peers and faculty at
all different schools. – When you were applying to schools and then deciding where you wanted to go, what made Harvard Medical
School stand out for you? – I know it’s very cliche but honestly the people made Harvard
Medical School stand out. My classmates are incredibly diverse. I think the age range in
just my class is 20 years. So there are people who come
straight through from college and there are people who come from entirely different careers. We have students who have degrees in conducting orchestras
and composing orchestras. Someone, I think, used to be a priest. And then someone helped start
the Rwandan healthcare system. So there’s just, honestly,
this wide variety of backgrounds and you
get to work side by side with these people in the
trenches of the hospital. And every day you learn
more about their story and what they’ve become
through their background. In addition just the hospitals
and the environment here in Boston specifically in health
care is incredibly unique. I mean we have some of the world-class research institutions
all throughout Boston. And then we also have
world-class hospitals. So you could be on one side of the street in a lab working on a
molecule or a new drug and a couple years later on
the other side of the street in a clinic some patient
will be getting that drug. So it’s really amazing
to kind of see medicine evolve real time here in Boston. – Amazing. I want to go to Harvard now. I will never, but I do more now.
(Julia laughing) – So, the heart has
four different chambers. So two atria and two ventricles. So yeah you can flip it
open nice and wide here. So this is the right side of the heart and this is the right atrium and then the blood flows
through the right ventricle. After that it goes out through
the pulmonary artery here and goes through the lungs
and then it comes back into the heart and goes
through the left atrium, the left ventricle out to the aorta and then to the rest of your body. If you heart this video
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89 Responses

  1. Nizelle Balingit says:

    Take a shot every time she says “um”

  2. Aman Singh Bhadauria says:

    "Pediatric diseases are really really interesting"

    Wha what do you mean?

  3. Willy brown says:

    It pretty nice video! She seems to be very helpful person. It my last year as high school student, she's has excited me, going to study for med

  4. David Maxim says:

    Can’t lie if the guy was struggling to understand how blood travels through the heart he didn’t listen well in 8th grade biology

  5. Xavier Martin says:

    Ughhh my dream school for medicine :'(

  6. Sadaf Haddad says:

    I hope to get to Harvard Medical School.??

  7. Sarah Sayyed says:

    Of course she’s asian

  8. Nilesh Tank says:

    Hi I m nilesh from gujarat state India. I need some help regarding pg medicine admission in canada after mbbs from Philippines for my son. I want to know all detailed step for masters in medicine admission in best universities of Canada. How can I get all available pg courses list?

  9. mike school says:

    damn harvard egos

  10. Isha Gaikwad says:

    I'm a first year med student who's studying abroad but my college is nowhere as good as this just looking at the environment and the pattern you study is amazing. Anyways I'll work hard and hope I get there for pg

  11. bharani kumar says:

    As of I heard and felt Harvard University provides high standard teaching and the students at times I mean mostly feel it to be hard. But still keep going about your passion of learning and thoughts that would bloom the Industry of well like genetics which is my favourite, pathology etc

  12. JBors says:

    Her punctuality scares me

  13. Cameron Noakes says:

    the guys face at 8:55 XD, quality

  14. Jowey Make says:

    What you expect in a Harvard Medical student, very intelligent on the way she speaks.

  15. president kim junmyeon says:

    she even does martial arts….. im a potato

  16. Stefan Lukianov says:

    This advertisement is pretty unoriginal. I could direct a way better one for you.

  17. Ethereal Rhyme says:

    In other words no time for a boyfriend.

  18. Uganthesewari Gurumurthy says:

    how to get admitted in this University

  19. sri wahyuni says:

    You very smart

  20. gamer fazer says:

    Im out here thinking high school is hard af taking almost all my day with homework

  21. Sanvi Jain says:

    8:55 we learnt that in 8th grade………

  22. Hanatullah Anike says:

    yea so, is med school different from doing medicine in university??

  23. aeman akhtar says:

    After watching this video i felt like i am nothing .. ?

  24. Angelyca dv says:

    fk 2021

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  26. Sushmita Gautam says:

    My dream land…..hope vol see you some day????????

  27. Lolo Ezt says:

    It's the dream of mine and l know it will never come true cause in brief I don't have money and there are no scholarships but it's ok

  28. Retaj Alhelal says:

    7:47 tell me she doesn't look like Emma Chamberlain
    Edit: actually a mixture of Emma and the girl from Good Mythical Morning

  29. Bunny Ninja says:

    Jesus… I feel so motivated after watching her.

  30. Xavier Chan says:

    Harvard was possible, but I felt I would spend my application better on a less selective school. Nor did I apply to Wash U.

  31. Yunita Kristina says:

    I wish someday I will be one of Harvard student ?

  32. S E C R E T B L E H says:

    I want to study there somedayyyy

  33. Jack Kimmy says:


  34. Leena Akter says:

    I am a medical student & struggling with my slow brain in the sea of medical information amidst supermeritorious classmates even after getting co- operation from family,teachers& college.hoping to do something great.well wishes to me and all????☺

  35. Threelly AI says:


  36. Siena B says:

    “I started a company with, you actually. I forgot about that” bruh how do you forget that

  37. ehsan sarlak says:

    Soon will join you.

  38. immediatewhale lol says:

    Why was this recommended to me? Why must Youtube play with my emotions like that ?

  39. Chiamaka Udenze says:

    Am so going there

  40. TheMabes69 says:

    she got an MD and MBA at the same time ya'll

  41. Olivia Cox says:

    she’s so gorgeous & well spoken!

  42. Amal Alshuwaikh says:

    Feeling sorry for myself as a medical student

  43. Dee Rocker says:

    Lol. Clearly Harvard is not selective anymore

  44. Ellie Anthony says:

    Meanwhile my medical school:
    Dressed not allowed
    Open hair not allowed
    makeup not allowed
    This girl -also not allowed ?

  45. Ellie Anthony says:

    also this is not what real medical school is like.


    I love his Deadpool backpack

  47. Dipankar Das says:

    Do patient s assaults on doctors there …. A single case????

  48. Ava SIMPSON says:

    Anyone here not into medical stuff at all ??‍♀️

  49. Ava SIMPSON says:

    Anyone here not into medical stuff at all ??‍♀️

  50. Sarah G says:

    I'm not even going to feel bad fuk that

  51. Fatin Afiqah says:

    I stopped medical school but I still watch medic student's vlog LOL

  52. Saddie says:

    Wow how can she managed to go rounds wearing high heels.?

  53. Nidhi Srivastava says:

    How to apply in Harvard???

  54. Jocelyn Ramirez says:

    Greys anatomy whooo?

  55. Afiqah Hamzah says:

    Do they just did medical school for 4 years only??????

  56. Vijay Amalaraj says:

    How can Indians join there

  57. Miauw Eong says:


  58. Moon's Beautiful says:

    You know… I want to go to Harvard and then to Harvard medical school.. that's my dream college.. but I feel like if I say that I want to go to Harvard others will laugh at me… I'd rather keep my dreams to myself ?

  59. Sharing Modus says:


  60. eric veneto says:

    They're ALL ON THE SAME LEVEL! 😉

  61. DeBesensyo Teng says:

    How to get there???

  62. Aisha Hussain says:

    She’s like the good, children-loving twin of Christina Yang

  63. Pelin Sever says:

    Şurda öğretim üyesi olmak vardı

  64. juliamyersxo says:

    This video is so motivating and she’s so well spoken!

  65. cartoonclimax says:

    Of course.

  66. CysticFibrosis says:

    she iS so fake… bdw i am a doctor

  67. George X says:

    Video would be better without the music.

  68. Salmonlady says:

    She can wear that mini red dress and high heels because she has a black belt in martial arts, and she can put douche bags in their place, if they disrespect her. You rock Dr. Julia!

  69. Demon Marauder says:

    I need his course to talk like an experienced adult

  70. My bias is crying coz he is a hyung now says:

    1:56 I heard Younha

  71. orange says:

    She must have rich parents to go to undergrad and med school at Harvard. Or else she’ll be drowning in debt?

  72. Str Eesed says:

    What really stresses me out is that I only have a few years to decide what I’m going to do with my life

  73. MEV Alan says:

    0:18 is in MIT

  74. caridad bernard says:

    "I co-founded a company"
    Me: oh really that's amazing! opens bag of chips

  75. Safa Abdikadir says:

    My dream university ,love Harvard

  76. Жарасхан Есенгалиев says:

    HELLO❤I FROM KAZAKHSTAN❤I know a little English and I want to get into this great school for future doctors

  77. Andi Husnul says:

    Oneday i will be there

  78. h and whatever ane says:

    She is so put together I could never…..

  79. Kloudy. says:

    This is not "A day in the life", it's more like a Q&A

  80. WeirdozChannel says:

    Man Im 23, failed out of undergrad, started fresh at an ADN program at a local community college earlier this year.

    Its really difficult but I wish I can one day go to Harvard Med School and graduate from it. It would be a dream come true

  81. WeirdozChannel says:

    She is so well spoken and generally 'normal'. I would be awkward as fuck

  82. Kelly B says:

    These shoes are just not realistic!

  83. Asrifah Rifah says:

    It's very inspired?…I hope one day I can continue my study in harvard medical school because right now I'm 16 years old and it's burn my spirit?…Pray for my succes?

  84. Rency Haze says:

    Someday I will be a successful Doctor ❤

  85. Rosemary Sajan says:

    Jeeezzz you must be crazyyy smart ?

    Wish I could relate ??

  86. Adriano Palheta says:

    Muito bom

  87. atta urehman says:

    so nice

  88. Constant Comtois says:

    i like gerontologiy, the science of the elders. how can we manage as humans, to make it up to 120 years old and older. that is the field now that i am interested in. from costas comtois of montreal

  89. Dudes AreCrazy says:

    At 3:19 I thought it said Testosterone Medical Education Center

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