The Art of Anatomy
The science of anatomy boasts a rich artistic history. I love art history and I’ve always thought old anatomical illustrations were fascinating, so I geeked out when we had a brief presentation on the history (and art history) of anatomy during orientation. From the Roman Empire to Body Worlds, here are some cool images I’ve gathered from that presentation, the National Library of...
I thought I’d share this poem read to us by OHSU’s Associate Dean for Medical Eduation. It’s by a former medical student and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and I find it a very touching and insightful reminder of all that my “first patient” has to offer. Anatomy Teacher When I touched your hands, I touched hands that had felt the chill of...
Orientation was long, and it was kinda hard remembering everyone’s names (flashbacks to sorority rush!), but after a day off tomorrow we start our first GIE class bright and early on Wednesday. Here are a few points from the past week that resonated with me the most. Maybe when I’m having a fail of a day I can look back on these points and they’ll serve as a little reminder of...
The Vaccine War: One of my classmates mentioned this PBS Frontline episode last week, and I knew I wanted to blog about it since vaccine safety has been an incredibly controversial issue in our society. I’ve finally had a chance to watch it (yay for finishing epi and having no homework this week!) and it was really well-done… definitely worth it if you’re a fellow nerd and have...
Reflections on the Iowa State Fair
Today marks the beginning of the Iowa State Fair, a two-week event that is, in my opinion, of the greatest spectacles our great country has to offer. According to Wikipedia, 1 million people descend on Des Moines each summer to attend the 156-year old fair. Garrison Keillor wrote a charming little feature about it in National Geographic. Also, this t-shirt exists. It’s that amazing. ...
How good is "doing good?"
Two articles on international health and the pitfalls of ‘good intentions’ in the NYT caught my eye today: “Slumdog Tourism,” an op-ed piece written by a student at Wesleyan hailing from the biggest slum outside Nairobi, discusses the impact of so-called “poverty tourism” on the world’s urban poor. The author contends that although well-off foreigners...
Public Health Posters from the WHO Archives →
A girl in my epi class just emailed this link, and I had to share it right away. Check out this BBC audio slideshow of some noted public health ads over the past 100 years or so. Maybe I’ve been watching too much “Mad Men” in an attempt to catch up to this season , but I geeked out over the vintage graphic design and thought the ad campaigns were really interesting. And...
Atul Gawande on "Letting Go" →
From posting about complications in birth to posting about complications at the end of life… this essay “Letting Go” by Atul Gawande (one of my favorite physicians/writers, check out Better and Complications) asks an essential question most people are uncomfortable thinking about: what should medicine do when doctors can’t do anymore? The money quote: People have...