My name is Shola Vaughn, M.D.  

I’m excited that you are here – because just a few short years ago, I was in your same position.  I was in medical school, looking for an edge as I tried to balance my personal life, self-care, and good grades.

But let me back up.

I graduated from Harvard College feeling homesick and out of place.  I was a painfully average student at Harvard, and never really found my groove academically. Don’t even ask me about my calculus grade!

Instead of going to medical school as I had always planned, I decided to move to Los Angeles to become a rock star.

I led a band as a singer, guitarist, and bassist.  We toured California and Europe.  It was incredibly fun, but I wanted to start a family and knew I couldn’t raise a child in a tour van.

So I took the MCAT.

I gave birth to my son the first week of medical school.  I always say, “Not entirely planned, not entirely accidental.”

Me with my son
Me with my son

I managed to keep up with classes at first, but when my young, healthy husband was diagnosed with leukemia three months later, I realized I might be in over my head.

Me and my husband Jason at the Colosseum.  He is in remission after chemotherapy.
Me and my husband Jason at the Colosseum. He is in remission after chemotherapy.

I made it through that first year, but I struggled.  The following summer I decided that I needed to make a change if I was going to graduate on time and be competitive in the match.

I discovered the “memory palace” technique and it changed my life.

I did a complete overhaul of my study system. As a direct result, I rose to 4th in my class, scored well above the mean on Step 1, graduated Alpha Omega Alpha (the medical honor society), and matched into dermatology, one of the most competitive specialties in medicine.

Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa during my 4th year.
Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa during my 4th year.

After match day, I decided I had a responsibility and an opportunity to share the lessons I’ve learned with other students.  I hope that I can help other medical students like me make it through school and enjoy life.

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I want to help you figure out, step-by-step, how you can maximize your success during medical school. Let’s do this together!

 

Here’s to YOU: memorizing more medicine, faster!

 

– Shola
info@sholamd.com