Women in Medical School

The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world. -Unknown

Another friend of mine who I just adore to pieces, is Mary Ella (you can call her Ella). Ella is in medical school at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, she’s a blogger on all things medical, fashion, travel, and wine, and she has the cutest pup named Stan. While conquering all things science related in med school, Ella shares tips and tricks on how to get through late night study sessions, how to spice up your closet via White Coat Wardrobe, and wine reviews on her blog.

If you are interested in medicine, fashion, and/or wine, I would check out Ella’s Instagram for some fabulous content and her blog, SSSyrah. But for now, enjoy meeting Ella!






What made you want to go to medical school? I always loved science, and I knew I wanted to have a career that required critical thinking (such a nerd). However, I didn’t know I wanted to be a doctor right away! I switched between nursing, medical research, physician assistant, or working for the FBI before I finally worked my way back around to wanting to go to med school. I think what finally solidified my decision was realizing that I love learning, and if I was going to be in the medical field, I wanted to choose a career that would allow me to learn as much as possible.

How did you decide what your focus would be? You actually don’t decide your focus until after med school! So you do four years of medical school (every doctor does the exact same schooling) and then you do 3-5 years of residency after medical school to specialize. Right now I am thinking emergency medicine and possibly taking that further to do global health or wilderness medicine (2 subspecialties of emergency medicine). I love the variability and fast pace nature of the emergency room.

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You love fashion. How do you keep up with day to day trends between school work and studying? I use Instagram mainly! It’s a fun and fast way to stay in the loop with my busy schedule.
What do you love most about fashion? I love that it’s constantly changing and a universal way to connect with others. You don’t have to speak the same language to appreciate someone’s sense of fashion!

Favorite wine. I know you have one.. or two. That is definitely a tough one. My favorite reasonably priced table wine would be Bridlewood’s 152 Blend. You can get it at pretty much any grocery store for around $15. Other than that, any wine from Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. There is just something about their wines that makes me fall in love with every sip.
Name three things you can’t live without other than your furry friend Stan of course. (Does coffee and wine count?) Right now, in the mist of board studying, I am going to have to say a specific text book (so boring), but its called First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. Other then that, my computer and cellphone. I would not be able to keep up with school work, blogging, my AMSA duties, or keeping in touch with people without them!

Tips for balancing blogging and schoolwork? Scheduling and planning EVERYTHING. I even have to schedule time for working and friends (the life of a med student). Luckily all of my friends are in the same boat, so we are all understanding if plans fall through and studying starts to take over.

What is your lipstick/lipgloss of choice?Hands down, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. I love all the bold colors, and it really does stay all day.

News outlet that you read on a daily basis? I use 5 different (competing) news apps and get notifications sent to my phone. I like to hear the news from many different biases to get the whole picture. I also like having the apps on my phone so I get anything important as a notification!


Have any questions for Ella? Comment below and she will be happy to answer.

10 Comments on “Women in Medical School

  1. Most of these stuff I have told myself since I started med school ! Except I didn’t wish to tell anyone so I don’t offend anyone I might know xD

  2. I agree with everything your friend said in here. Balance is the key to happy life and if we want to have most of our task done we should have a good time management. It is the same with me because I work and study at the same time. I also make sure to it I have time for my family and for play.

  3. Hi Mary Ella!
    So proud of your journey. If you find yourself looking for some perspective on emergency medicine, I know my daughter would be happy to share how she has loved the ER. She’s at her first official position in Portland, OR, and we have followed her there to be with our first grandson.
    (Mrs.) Terry Sohn

    • Hey Mrs. Sohn! Thank you so much! I would love to hear some perspective on emergency medicine! I will be emailing you soon 🙂

  4. I really REALLY apprecite this post. I am someone that sort of tries to do it all. I went to school for Musical theatre, currently working on a pilot for a TV series, started my own T-SHIRT company, and am the head of social media for a marketing company…..I say this because its incredible that you highlight someone who may be a fashion blogger but it is not her only passion in life! I think we easily lose sight of the fact that it is SO okay to have other things that keep you happy and keep you afloat. Cheers to you & to your friend Ella!

  5. Awesome post! Check out my blog when you can! I also discuss med school related topics. All the best on your medical journey! 🙂

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