Who Am I?

You’ve found my blog! Thanks for taking the time to read it.

I’m Meghan. I’m currently in my third year of medical school (out of four years) and have therefore set my life on a path to be a lifelong student. And before anyone asks how med school is – the answer is rough. It’s hard and it’s exhausting and sometimes isolating, but it’s also amazing and challenging and an incredible life path.

In the midst of the challenges of medical school I found myself needing an outlet for my stress, which is when I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I train at an academy with world champions, and am learning every day to not only be a better jiu jitsu practitioner, but a better person. I’ve been training BJJ since June 2012 and am currently a BLUE belt under Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu in Toledo.

This is my story. Sometimes I feel motivated, and sometimes I struggle with defeat. But along the way, I’m learning to live life for myself and for others and to make it memorable.


6 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Tyrrell

    Hello Meghan,

    My name is Tyrrell. I am a Junior pre-med student from Virginia. I currently balance school work with practicing karate. I have practiced karate for the past 3 1/2 years. Prayerfully I am accepted to medical school and while there I would like to switch to bjj. How do you make it workbalance medical school and practice bjj?

    1. Stethescopes&Armbars Post author

      Hi Tyrell! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my blog. I think it’s great that you already are in a martial art and are dedicated to continuing martial arts through medical school.

      I wrote a post once about how a workout is only a small percentage of your day. You can find it here . It is much easier during your first two years to find the balance because you’re just studying. I won’t lie and say it’s easy during third year since most days I work about 12 hours a day and still have to study. However, knowing that your own well-being is just as important as your patients’ you find the time. I may not go 5 days a week, but I diligently work to make it 3 days a week. And that helps with slow and steady progress in BJJ as well as mental clarity. It’s also important to find a gym that’s a family to you because no matter how tired you are, they give you the motivation to go. And you always feel much better after!

      If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. And good luck on this really wonderful, terrifying, and difficult journey ahead!

  2. Tyrrell Graham

    Hi Meghan,
    Thanks so much for your words of encouragement and advice. I had one more question. I noticed in a few of your study pictures you use multiple highlighters on your papers to study. I was wondering if you could explain to me how to do this. I’d like to try it. Thanks again so much for your blog. It helps encourage me more than you can imagine.

    Best wishes,


    1. Stethescopes&Armbars Post author

      It’s kind of all about how you want it. Depends on what I’m studying, but yes I color code my notes. Usually the topics are in one color, the symptoms in another, the treatments in a third, etc.

      You’ve just gotta do what works for you!


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