About Me

img_6459My name is Malaika and my blog is about my journey through medical school in Canada as a married mother-of-two beautiful children.

I chose to write this blog because attempting to go to medical school in my thirties, with a family and a previous career under my belt was a scary decision that had many odds against it becoming a reality.

Through my blog, I hope to encourage anyone out there who may be facing a crossroads, wondering where to go next, feeling the weight of impossibility, yet knowing they need to make a change and move forward with new exciting dreams and goals, no matter how scary or impossible it may seem.

I am a blend of two cultures (Kenyan-Scottish)Β and was born and raised in Kenya. Growing up in Kenya was an amazing experience where I learned the value of hard work and ambition. Moving to Canada alone in my early twenties to pursue a degree in Biochemistry was one of the most difficult changes I made. But from it I learned how to embrace change and focus on the positive aspects of new situations. There is great value in exposing oneself to other cultures and learning to be open-minded to others’ points of view.

I am currently in my fourth year of medical school and it has been an incredible experience so far. I am so happy to have my husband and kids along with me for the ride. Through it all, I thank God for the strength and grace He gives me each day to face life anew.

We all have the potential to achieve anything we set our minds to! Β I hope to share my life experiences and provide motivation to passionately reach out for your goals and dreams, no matter what they may be!

My munchkins
Family picture August 2016
My precious family
The kids’ first visit to Kenya in December 2017 (backdrop is Lake Naivasha)
Beautiful Cooper’s rock, West Virginia, Summer 2019

76 thoughts on “About Me

      1. Hi Malaika! You’re welcome. The merits are yours. About singing, you are right, but I know this only since two years ago. I suffered bullying at work and I began to sing, but a lot years ago I sung with guitar and harmonica. For me the discovery is about the therapeutic benefits of singing. Oh pretty, thanks so much for your reply and best wishes πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you Danielle! I am still waiting for official news from medical schools. Trying to be patient πŸ™‚ From reading your blog, you sound like you have found the perfect career for you. That’s great! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚

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  1. Very nice photo of you and your story is a great one! Many best wishes and success in all your future endeavors . Thanks for the follow! I’m very new at this blogging. Only two months. My son Kennie taught me how. I will be following you as well.

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  2. Hi dear, I found you on Michael Origin’s group! I hope you get into med school. I am in my final year now and looking forward to being finished πŸ™‚ Nice to have met you, looking forward to future posts πŸ˜‰ xoxo Deniza


    PS: If you want to follow me back, you can choose either my wp.com or .org (askdeniza.com) account it doesn’t matter for me πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi,
    I know Wilson Gaba, the Lonely Author Blog, and Hugh.
    Thanks for visiting my site yesterday. I am glad you liked my guest author’s post about SEO. I have posts about SEO on my site routinely.
    In response to your post, It sounds like failing the MCAT twice was a good learning experience. My late husband failed his test twice to become a psychology and learned a great deal from that experience.
    Thank you again for yesterday’s visit.

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    1. Thank you Janice for your encouraging words and for taking the time to visit my blog. What an inspiring story about your husband! I always love hearing about stories of perseverance and determination! Just wanted to clarify that I didn’t actually fail the MCAT though. I just wanted to improve my score in order to be more competitive in my application. Thanks again for visiting and have an amazing new year!

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  4. Hello,

    First of all, your name is Malaika and my name is Malavika. We are literally only missing one letter in our name. Secondly, you live in Canada and so do I. And last, but not least, you are about to start medical school, and I have just graduated. That’s a lot of things in common for two people who have never met or heard of each other till this moment, hey?

    You have a beautiful family, and how wonderful it is that you have had time quality time with your sweet babies.

    I want to wish you the best of luck on your endeavours. Medicine is life changing and I hope you enjoy every moment of it.

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    1. Hi Malavika! Thanks so much for reaching out to me! That’s a lot we have in common, indeed! I love your name, it’s so unique! If I can ask, where in Canada are you? You can PM me at thepotentialdoctor@gmail.com if you’d like. I visited your blog and it’s wonderful! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Congratulations on completing medical school. That’s a great achievement and I wish you all the best as you plan for your residency! Keep in touch πŸ™‚


      1. Hi Malaika,
        I’m happy to hear from you.
        My husband and I live in Kitchener, Ontario for the moment. My family are in BC though, so I often go back to visit.

        Ah, I am excited for you to start medical school! Do let me know if there is anyway that I can help you. I have just gotten into my study schedule to prepare for my USMLE’s, as we plan to relocate to the US for residency.

        I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog. I’m glad I found yours too, and will definitely keep in touch!

        Please do consider me a friend :),

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  5. I want to thank you so much for sharing your inspiring journey. I was also admitted at McGill medical school as an NTP candidate. As a 34 years old mother in law of a wonderfull teenager and with the support of my partner, I’m preparing for this great adventure, but I was assailled by some doubts today. Your testimony inspired me and gave me confidence that it is possible to reconcile such project with family commitments.You also seem to embody an inspiring model focused on balance, spirituality, humanitude and humility. Thank you again and congratulations to you and your family for all your achievements, but specially for your feelable kindness.

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    1. Thank you Isabelle for your very encouraging comment. You are so kind! Congratulations on your acceptance to McGill medicine! That is such a big accomplishment! I know that it can seem overwhelming to try and manage med school and family. But it is very doable with some good planning, a positive attitude and supportive friends/ family. Med school is challenging but also such a wonderful experience! And the faculty is very supportive. I know you will do great! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have any questions, concerns, worries. I’d be happy to help! We can meet up on campus too. Will you be doing the Med-P year or will you go straight to Med-1? Wishing you all the very best on your new, exciting journey!


      1. Thank you so much again for your so kind, encouraging and reassuring answer. I will be doing Med-P this year, so I’m currently trying to negociate with finding interesting, but not to heavy, complementary courses, so I can focus on sciences mandatory ones. I’d be happy to keep in touch with you or to meet on campus! thanks for offering, I sincerely appreciate it. By then, I will follow your own exciting journey by reading your blog! I wish you all the very best for you too!

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  6. You are who I have been looking for for a while now. πŸ™‚ A mother who has been successful with the pre-med process. You have been blogging a long time so I will be playing catch up over the next few weeks. But I am thankful I found your blog. I do not need to know you personally to know that you are driven, dedicated and full of perseverance to be where you are today. And those are qualities that I admire. I look forward to getting to know you through your words of wisdom!

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    1. What a wonderful comment! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I am so glad that my blog has been helpful to you! I wish you all the very best on your journey. I am sure you will succeed! If you have any questions or if there’s any way that I can help you, let me know!

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  7. Hi Malaika,
    Lovely to meet you here and to see such a warm, interesting holistic blog. Thank you for allowing me to be a part ofyour career experiences, family life and life in general.
    I only started blogging in late 2017 so It is still a work in progress just like me.
    All best wishes for your future happiness ❀️

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  8. Hi again Malaika,
    Thank you for following me although at present my blog is β€˜all over the place’ since I upgraded again. I am happy to go β€˜all over the place’ with it as I think I will enjoy the challenge of achieving a greater sense of self awareness.
    On revisiting your post about family practice and psychiatric in patient experience I was surprised not to have ticked like as I remember reading them.
    I think perhaps because the psychiatric in patient experience hit home with me in several ways I just left it.
    As a nurse, midwife and public health nurse during my working life practitioners (including myself) were lacking confidence in this area. The discipline was only offered post registration when I trained and I chose midwifery as I wanted to be a public health nurse. I really think the feelings came down to a fear of the unknown and β€˜it could happen to me’.I feel Listening skills developed as a Public Health Nurse helped me support mothers and fathers in either preventing any problems or helping support mothers or extended family diagnosed with mental illness

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    1. Hi Margaret! It’s so nice to hear from you! I very much appreciate your comments and you sharing your personal experiences. I am sure your wealth of knowledge and experience has had a profound positive impact on your patients!

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