Day 180: Cardio Completed.

Another theme in the books. Over halfway done with my first year of medical school! Looking back, this theme has had its ups and downs. It started with a classic front-load of embryology (not particularly my cup of team Dr. Smith, sorry). I mean, conotruncal septation Continue reading

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Day 171: Narcan. Ethics Grand Rounds

Today was another Ethical presentation at my medical school. These happen every two weeks and occur during lunch on Thursdays. I enjoy them because it allows me to break away from the same medical theme that I am studying but still engages me in the medical community. Maximizing the utility of breaks.

The most recent topic: Paradigms Clash: Gender, Pain, and Social Change. The presentation was given by Nancy D. Campbell.

So what is Narcan? Continue reading

Day 165: Cardio and the slopes

We just finished our second week of our cardio theme. Cardio theme can be summed up in one word: Graphs. Graphs with pressure, volume, time, length, tension, velocity, sound… the list goes on and so do the permutations that arise from all the variables. Once you fit that magic key from your brain in the cardio-graph lock, the world is supposed to look so simple. Currently still searching for the key though. I will get it soon. Reflecting thus far on the theme… Continue reading

Day 145:Winter Break for MS Year 1

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I am currently on break! We just finished Neuro 1. This theme was pretty hard. Logistically, it was broken into a midterm and final (the final being cumulative). We learned about all the cranial nerves and how we process and initiate movement (and 10,000 other things). As I sit here on my kitchen island, I want to recap some of the moments of the theme. Some things that I wish I knew before I had started the theme: Continue reading

Day 84: HCS – Hmong, Care and Society

Another Health, Care and Society. This time, we are assigned a book.
A Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anna Fadiman
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I am going to save the summary of the story because there are a panoply of cliff notes available online regarding this book. The book was chosen so that students could challenge their views on the balance between practicing medicine and understanding culture. Continue reading

Day 46: Dissection Reflection

Today was my first day of dissection. I was provided the tools for learning this theme. Musculoskeletal.
I am pretty nervous about today – well I am sure everyone has some butterflies in there stomach the first day they begin dissection. I know that I was especially nervous because I always felt that I had atypical hemophobia. Continue reading