I realize not everyone reading this is in their twenties. It doesn't matter if you are in your thirties, forties, or beyond as we are all on our own timelines. I am writing this for the person who no longer wants to wait to truly "live". The key to a happy and fulfilling life is… Continue reading How to spend the last year of your twenties.
I previously wrote about my specialty change from Obstetrics & Gynecology to Anesthesiology. I had no idea what I was getting myself into trading in the speculum for a laryngoscope. My first hands-on experience with trauma was as a first year anesthesia resident. It was 3 in the morning and I was paged to immediately… Continue reading To the NRA: I didn’t realize this was going to be my lane, but I’m here to stay.
It was a sunny morning in July and I was scheduled at the outpatient center with the oral and maxillofacial surgeons for teeth extractions. One of my patients was your son, an athletic teenager, whose only medical history was asthma. According to you and him, he had not experienced any recent asthma attacks, and had… Continue reading Dear Mrs. X, I’m sorry about what happened to your son under anesthesia.
Imagine this situation: you google a particular recipe you want to make for dinner tonight. Your search yields several versions of the recipe on various food blogs. You click on the one that seems the most appealing and you're so excited to get to the ingredients/directions. Instead, you get a long essay about how each… Continue reading Spicy Watermelon Summer Salad
Match Day is the culmination of a medical student's education: the day all graduating seniors and non-traditional applicants find out where they will spend the next three to seven years to train in a desired specialty. I fell in love with Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) as it was the perfect way to combine my passion… Continue reading The Match, the Scramble, and the SOAP: Life After Choosing a Different Specialty
When you hear someone say they are planning a vacation to Southeast Asia, most people immediately think of Thailand. When I think of Thailand, I picture crowds of swarming tourists and long wait times for good photo opportunities. That may or may not be what it is actually like, but 2017 was a particularly rough… Continue reading The Philippines.
Young, aspiring doctors are the Iron Youth of this generation. In Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, young German soldiers are called the Iron Youth as part of a campaign to generate enthusiasm for fighting in the war; these soldiers soon realize the true horrors of war and its lasting impact on the psyche.… Continue reading On being a doctor: 8 things I would tell my younger self.