In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Ben Azevedo, otherwise known as Bow Tie Ben, where he explains why he has such a nickname. Ben is a 4th year medical student who runs a bow tie business, New Orleans Bow Ties, a perfect example of what this show has been preaching about that you need to give yourself a break outside of medical school.
Today, he shares with us his path to medical school and how his business has helped him during medical school.
Here are the highlights of the conversation with Bow Tie Ben:
Ben’s path to medical school:
- Starting the premed path a little late
- Taking the MCAT after graduating from UC Berkeley
- Spending a year of service at a children’s hospital in Cambodia
Ben’s application process:
- Writing his personal statement on his Palm Pilot, sitting at McDonald’s in Bali
- His years between college and med school were dedicated to applying to med school
Choosing the medical schools to apply to:
- Location (interesting culture and need for service)
- Applying to a med school in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
- Being in medical school feeling all fired up
How the Bow Tie Ben was conceived:
- Coming to New Orleans and seeing “real” bow ties
- Diving into the city’s culture and pursuing his love for art
- Feeling the need for something creative to work on
- Making a bow tie out of a Thai silk using his mom’s sewing machine
How the arts has helped him get through medical school:
- Activating the right side of his brain
- Putting things in perspective to pull himself out of studying and seeing a brighter side of life
- Meeting different kinds of people he wouldn’t have otherwise met
The future of his business:
- Knowing things will change once he starts residency
- Figuring out what he’s going to do with it
Some pieces of advice for premed students:
Use that energy. Every student has it. It can take you a long way.
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