A Day in the Life of a Medical Student Consultant

Hello everyone! My name is Yung Lee and I am a first year medical student at McMaster University. I have graduated the Bachelor of Health Sciences program in three years and decided to pursue medicine. I have been part of My Degree Consultants Inc. as an associate consultant for about six months. With my interest in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, I wanted to become part of a community where I could best help aspiring physicians to succeed in their future application processes and interviews, and ultimately reach their goal. I enjoy sharing my past experience and insights and also form meaningful relationships with my clients – it truly is rewarding to be able to see my clients grow and learn from my guidance.

Outside of consulting, I have wide range of academic interests including research in clinical epidemiology (health research methodology) and evidence-based medicine. During undergrad, my naive first-year self thought that the only form of research that existed was wet lab research. However, as time progressed, I fell in love with the field of evidence based medicine (EBM) as I saw its visible impact on current practices, and ultimately on patient care. The ability of EBM being able to challenge or reaffirm current practices and positively impacting patient care around the world appealed to me the most. Under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Guyatt and many of his students, for the past two years, I had the opportunity to lead review projects, collaborate with many colleagues, as well as network with physicians, methodologists, and researchers from all over the world. EBM research not only taught me how to assess and synthesize research evidence, but it also provided me with the opportunity to learn various fields of medicine (i.e. infectious disease, urology, oncology, etc.) through the lens of a clinician researcher. As a future physician, I hope to continue my academic involvement in clinical epidemiology and also teach and spread the importance of critically appraising research evidence in medicine.

Outside of academics and medicine. I like to spend my time pursuing my passion in the arts. I play the cello, work as a freelance photographer (www.yungleephotography.com), and also perform magic. Through music, I was able to find a creative outlet that was not only personally fulfilling, but also could be used to help others. Even today, I can feel the rough calluses on my fingertips—a proud product of playing the cello for the past twelve years. My goal these days is not just to produce pleasurable music, but also to breathe ideas into people by sharing my enthusiasm and emotions. As an aspiring physician, I was particularly interested in the healing effects of music on its listener, particularly those who are sick and vulnerable. Thus, to complement my interests in medicine and music, I became part of the Music in Medicine, a student initiative that organizes and performs music in hospitals. Being in the hospital can be intimidating for many, especially children. Hence, we aim to alleviate this fear by providing patients and visitors with music. By collaborating with executives and communicating with hospital staff, we organize performances at the McMaster Children’s Hospital. Throughout every performance, I always notice the children’s priceless reactions. It feels as though the dull room is lit up, colour returning to patients’ faces. As a medical student, I learned that medicine is not the only solution to the improvement of patient’s quality of life, but simple things such as beautifully performed Bach Cello Suite No.1 can also contribute to the overall healing process.