Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Let me take this opportunity to share a few feelings which I am sure most of us USMLE aspirants have felt over sometime :)

Its 3 years since I first started out on this USMLE journey. It has been a whirlwind roller coaster with the highest of highs and lowest of lows!! I have celebrated screaming my heart out and pumping my fists in the air to shedding tears crawled up in the corner of my room!!

Many people say that I wont be able to do it, many said out rightly that its not happening! That brought me down but didn't knock me down.

I persisted, i pushed. I worked when others slept. I read when others partied their ass off. While others splashed money on luxuries that they would throw away later, I scraped and saved every single penny I could.

My journey has always been a struggle. Many a time I looked at my friends who were having the easiest of lives while I struggled moving. They married, had kids and lead the life they always dreamt of while I was held up reading reading and giving exams!!

But I don't regret ever having made this switch. Never. I always knew at the outset that its going to be tough, but I was sure that if I ever wanted to do something, this is what i wanted to do!!

The thing that kept me going was the strong support system of friends I developed through facebook, the forums, the groups and some even casual interactions on the subway! They were there for me in my tough times, pulled me up, made me laugh and gave me hope when I needed it the most.

So guys and girls. Remember. There is no shortage of people in the world who would say that it cannot be done. There are people who are just waiting there for a chance to pull you down. They will hurt you with their words, attitude and some will go outright to sabotage your chances. I am not going to sugar coat it for any of you guys. This journey is tough and will rip you off physically, mentally and emotionally. Nobody told you that its going to be easy. But trust me  the feeling of finally gettting what you worked hard so much for, the feeling you get when you have proved everybody wrong, the feeling that you get after having beaten back every damn thing that life has thrown at you.... There is nothing that can trump that feeling.. Nothing...!!

Trust me.. My life story is a living example that you too can do it... You can...!!

Chin up, take a deep breath and get ready to fight it out once again!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!


  1. You've always put out a lot of good energy, Basil. I hope you never stop feeling the effects of it.

  2. sir is 1 month of usce sufficient for decent cv...have anyone matched without usce?

    1. Yup!! There are quite a few who have matched without any USCE. One of the blog contributors themselves didnt have any USCE and matched with Gods Grace :)

  3. Awesome post. I bookmarked it. Hope every aspirant ends up successful after this stressful journey

  4. Just what i wanted to hear! thanks


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