The public’s experience is that we have amazing clinicians and technologies but...– Atul Gawande, in his commencement speech at Harvard Medical School. Read the entire speech in The New Yorker.
Texas governor signs controversial bill requiring... →
Remind me to never, ever, ever consider an ob/gyn residency in Texas.
Neisseria gonorrheae is nothing to clap about.– Oh, Monday morning med school puns.
This weekend, five classmates and I picked up and headed west to a beach house in Lincoln City on the coast. It was only two hours away from campus, but the change of scenery was just what we needed. The house was so peaceful, the sun peeked out, I spent an inordinate amount of time chatting in a hot tub under the stars, and I recharged just enough to power through these next four...
The Moth: Andy Borowitz-An Unexpected Twist ...
In case you were wondering, on Monday I learned...
In exactly one month I’ll be done with my first year of medical school. WHOA
NPR Fresh Air on Medical Radiation →
There was a really interesting Fresh Air yesterday with an NYT investigative reporter who discussed the innovations, benefits, and risks of diagnostic and therapeutic radiation. I’ve only had one lecture on the subject so far, but I’ve already crossed off radiation oncology from my career choices because contrary to my Asian heritage, I suck at physics, technology, and machinery....
Buddy Ullman: Do you eat fresh vegetables? A parasitologist would NEVER eat...
goodbye immunology, hello microbiology.
schistosomiasis (via) guinea worm (via) lymphatic filariasis (via) malaria (via) onchocerciasis (via) We talked about my five favorite tropical parasitic diseases (yes i have favorite tropical parasitic diseases, don’t judge me) in lecture today, and i kind of freaked out. So ready for my immunology exam to be over tomorrow—bugs and drugs are just more exciting to me.
Chance favors the prepared mind.– Louis Pasteur
Adrift in Africa: Article on a Medical Resident's... →
pocketglobalhealth: Link above to Health Affairs… An excellent first hand account of a medical resident’s experience doing a short term medical elective in Uganda. A scathing critique of global health tourism, balanced with a list of “suggestions” for global health education best practices. Hmm, interesting read. The tone of the essay was a bit too self-congratulatory for my tastes, and I...
Smithsonian Magazine: A Triumph in the War Against... →
School Pride! OHSU scientist Dr. Brian Druker is featured in this month’s Smithsonian magazine. He developed Gleevec, a drug used to treat chronic myelogenic leukemia that really symbolizes a paradigm shift in how we study and fight cancer. Because Gleevec was invented here, we’ve obviously had several lectures on CML and Gleevec (like, so many mentions that it’s starting to get...
22-year old Derrick Rose (of the Chicago Bulls, my second favorite NBA team) is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player this year. His youth—he’s the youngest NBA player to ever receive the award—makes me reflect on all I’ve accomplished in my 22nd year as well: I have not failed out of school. I have avoided arrest, eviction, and pregnancy. Yep… that puts things in...