Next up in our series of editor profiles is Bernadette Goudreau! Bernadette received her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and is now pursuing her M.D. at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is a managing editor for Firecracker's medical content!
A little more about Bernadette:
- Grew up in the Wisconsin / Upper Peninsula area after moving around a lot
- Lives in Virginia
- Hobbies include hiking, yoga, and winery hopping
- Favorite movie is the Sandlot
- Favorite book is the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Favorite music is the Dave Matthews Band
- Favorite foods are ice cream, frozen custard, and gelatos
Bernadette with her two younger siblings, Donald and Connie!
We asked Bernadette a few questions about Firecracker, medical education, and the field of medicine more generally.
Q: How did you get involved with Firecracker?
A: I got involved with Firecracker through the MCAT product initially and then transitioned to the Step 2 product team when I started clinical rotations.
Q: Why do you love Firecracker?
A: I love that it is so customizable. You can really make the product work for you and your study needs. It is also great for someone like myself who likes things to be consolidated and organized. I like to sit down with everything I need to study all in one spot, it makes me more productive and efficient as a student.
Q: What has been your favorite experience on rotations so far?
A: I have definitely loved working with real patients and seeing the pathology that I studied in the first two years come to life, but a very exciting day of rotations for me was when I discovered that hiding in the patient nourishment storage rooms (that normally house crackers, drinks, etc. for the patients and their families) there are mini containers of ice cream on several of the hospital floors where I am doing my rotations. It's the little things that make waking up at 4am not so terrible!
Q: What would you be doing if you were not in medicine?
A: Lab research, I was actually quite torn between completing an M.D. or Ph.D. when I started in the realm of science and medicine.
Q: If there were one thing you could change about medical education, what would it be and why?
A: I would love for medical students to be more involved in the medical team. I am quite envious of attendings who tell stories of how integral medical students used to be in accomplishing the work of the day and how hands on medical students were in providing patient care. I understand why there has been a shift in how medical education is delivered, but some days it's difficult to be the first person kicked out of a busy patient room.
Q: If there were one thing you could change about the field of medicine in general, what would it be and why?
A: Less paperwork! I feel like we as physicians are losing our ability and time to connect on a human level with patients. We spend a ton of time in front of a computer and so very little time with the patients we are treating. I wish the time allotment could be reversed as the human connection is what drew me to medicine in the first place. I love talking with patients and gaining a deeper understanding of them as people, and I would love for there to be more time for that.
- The Firecracker Team