Medicine, residency

Dear Mrs. X, I’m sorry about what happened to your son under anesthesia.

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.

Medicine, residency

The Match, the Scramble, and the SOAP: Life After Choosing a Different Specialty

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

Medicine, residency

On being a doctor: 8 things I would tell my younger self.

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.