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Jonathan-HeaderAbout Jonathan:

Hello, my name is Jonathan Goorhuis, and I’m beginning my second year of medical school. First year was a challenge, which helped me grow academically, spiritually and just in learning to be an adult. During my undergraduate years the LLU School of Medicine Blog was a source of inspiration for me. Now that I’m here I want to give back. I hope to emphasize several things in my posts: 1. Share how my relationship with God grows/changes/impacts my practice of medicine. My inspiration to become a doctor is largely spiritual, and the chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus as a healer is something I’m honored to be a part of. 2. Share emotion and social parts of the medical school experience. Medical school can be very trying emotionally. Depression and burnout are issues that plague medical students daily, but rarely are they shared. This lack of sharing only leads to more pain. To be as open as I can be will be a challenge, but hopefully I can do a small part to help alleviate the stigma around mental health issues. 3. Share tips and tricks that work academically for me or help me organizationally. At LLU everyone wants to help you, which can be a double-edged sword. There is the opportunity to take advice that doesn’t align with your study style. So as I share, take all my advice with a grain of salt. Hopefully it will help some of you on the medical school trail. So, by God’s grace, I’ll be able to share something worthwhile with you! See you on the blog trail.

Allison-HeaderAbout Allison:

Hi, friends! My name is Allison Cool, and I am a second year medical student. From a young age growing up in Oregon, I have always had a thirst for adventure, challenge, and new experiences. It has been these desires that have fueled my love for exploring the great outdoors, long-distance running, cooking, and overseas missions. Throughout high school and undergrad, I struggled with knowing exactly what God wanted me to do with my life. After turning down several acceptances to nursing school, volunteering for nine months in Tanzania, and spending much time on my knees in prayer, it became evident that medicine is where I was being led. I am grateful for the companionship and guidance of my Heavenly Father through these seasons of uncertainty. I am excited for you to journey with me through this blog to see how He continues to provide through this adventure of medical school.

David-headerAbout David:

Hello! My name is David Eng, and I am a second year medical student. I am the oldest of 10 homeschooled children, and I was homeschooled until I started college when I was 16. As a Southern CA native, I attended Fullerton College and CSU Fullerton as a biology major. Growing up, I read lots of missionary biographies and during college, I was able to go on multiple medical mission trips to Mexico and Honduras. These mission trips solidified my desire to pursue medicine, and after attending the past five Loma Linda University open houses and years of avidly following this blog, I realized that Loma Linda was the perfect medical school for me. Now, I am thrilled to be a medical student here and to be able to write for this amazing blog. In my limited spare time, I enjoy going on one-day mission trips, spending time with my family, and playing board games and sports. I hope my blog posts will encourage and enlighten you and most of all glorify God.

Eunice-headerAbout Eunice:

I’m a University of Michigan alumna (go blue!) with a degree in English. My dream is to become a family physician and work with immigrant populations. I love chocolate, acoustic music, and all things Disney. When not studying, you can catch me munching with friends, playing the piano, or napping almost anywhere. God has been my trusty travel companion on a rocky but fulfilling journey, and I hope you can see traces of His handiwork through my eyes. If you see me on campus, don’t be a stranger, and please say hi!

Danny-headerAbout Danny:

Hey there! My name is Danny, and I’m from the land of milk and honey. Okay, maybe not milk and honey, but mountains! Strike that…Ohio doesn’t have any mountains, but it has a lot of people that shaped me into the person I am today! Some of my favorite things include, but are not limited to: Table Tennis, anything involving technology, breakfast, jet skiing, trombone, piano, and handbells (check it out: I’m incredibly excited to begin this journey at Loma Linda University. All in all, I hope my blog posts will enlighten, humor, and inform! Stay the course!
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James-headerAbout James:

Hello! I am a first year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and having been in Seattle for undergrad, I am pretty excited to be in sunny California (if you know what I’m talking about)! I spent the majority of my life in Taiwan and after being introduced to Adventism by my best friend in college, I began to learn about Jesus and His loving grace. It was a long process of exploring and asking lots of question but in the end, I followed my heart and decided to be baptized in December of 2011. I am glad to be in an environment where I will learn to grow as a Christian and build a deeper connection with God. I enjoyed teaching as a biology peer-TA at the University of Washington and found a passion for building relationships with people so I can help them more. My studies in medical anthropology made me more aware of healthcare disparity in the country as well as “structural violence” often described by Dr. Paul Farmer. For these reasons, I have a strong desire to pursue primary care. At this point, I am just excited to begin classes and hopefully it will not take too long for me to find a good studying schedule! If you ever want to be nerdy about contemporary healthcare issues and chat about these kind of stuff, feel free to just say hi in one way or another! I would love to learn from other students’ perspective too!
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Tiffany, First Year Medical StudentAbout Tiffany:

Hi! I am Tiffany Flossman, soon to be Mrs. Heckendorn. That’s right I am getting married in three weeks! I have had so many people tell me that I should or shouldn’t get married in medical school and even more tell me what medical school is going to be all about. I figure this would be a great chance for me to tell others what my experience is like. I am so excited to be starting medical school. There was a time a few years ago when I thought that medical school was out of my reach and I almost gave up on my lifelong dream. Thanks to my mother I applied to Loma Linda and here I am. Besides being a medical student I enjoy doing anything outdoors with other people. I like to ski, wakeboard, hike, play volleyball, tennis, football, and pretty much any intramural sport. I also have the travel bug, which I am still trying to figure out how to accommodate with the crazy medical school schedule. Wish me luck as I begin this crazy journey and I hope you find this blog as helpful and encouraging as I found these blogs the past few years.
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Janna, Second Year Medical StudentAbout Janna:

Hi! I am starting my second year of med school with mixed feelings for the year ahead. I’ve heard pretty much all the stories: inspiring, encouraging, horror, etc. But now, it’s my turn to live and tell my story, and to help others do the same. Broadening my horizons at Pacific Union College with a Public Relations/Journalism major, I am excited to be back into the sciences. “I want to be a doctor,” has been my goal since I could form complete sentences. And, believing in the school’s mission—“to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ ‘to make man whole,’” following in the footsteps of my relatives, and playing Pomp and Circumstance on the flute for five LLUSM graduating classes, I dreamed of studying only at one medical school: Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
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Paige, Second Year Medical StudentAbout Paige:

Hello! I’m Paige and I’m a second year medical student. I am a born and raised “Loma Lindian” and I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Biology. I love spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball and softball, eating anything and everything (especially boba), watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and learning (yes, I’m a self-proclaimed nerd). I also enjoy teaching and helping people understand the things that I’m most passionate about. I’m not sure what specialty I’m interested in, but I know it will have something to do with children and I hope to become involved in academic medicine and teaching in a university setting. I firmly believe that we are all capable of accomplishing extraordinary things if we utilize the talents that God has blessed us with and I hope that I will be able to live a life that, above all else, points others toward Christ.
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Ariana, Third Year Medical StudentAbout Ariana:

I’m a third year med student at Loma Linda University. I love the beach, snowboarding, traveling, chasing food trucks, and playing cello, just to name a few. My philosophy is that if you want something badly enough, you can and will get it (possibly with a few bumps and bruises along the way).
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Marly, Third Year Medical StudentAbout Marly:

Hi! I’m Marly and I’m a second year student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and received my Bachelor’s from Seton Hall University. I love online shopping, possibly more than my love for all things Hello Kitty. I am also an avid basketball fan (go Celtics!). I’m not sure which specialty I want to go into, but I’m pretty sure that whatever I end up doing will most likely involve children.
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Ryan, Third Year Medical StudentAbout Ryan:

Ever watched the TV show Scrubs? Well then just imagine a 6’8″ JD and you have me in a nutshell… Random, quirky, hyperactive, feeling, open, always daydreaming, and generally holding on to every last ounce of childhood I can. I’m a born and raised Ohioan and proud of it. I’ve recently married my beautiful and classy best friend Brianna, and we are excited to journey through life together! I love cheering for my Cincinnati sports teams, even though it seems we can never make it past the first round of the playoffs. Other things I enjoy are playing racquetball, baseball, or beach volleyball, water sports, pretending I can swing dance, jazz music, winning my fantasy sports leagues, laser tag, a good story, almost every nerdy TV show with ‘star’ somewhere in the title, and lots of other things. Recently I’ve been trying to keep up with my wife’s adventure hobbies, so now I’m alpine skiing and scuba diving as well! But most of all I love people, and I hope someday I’ll meet you too!
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Angie, Fourth Year Medical StudentAbout Angie:

Hey readers! I’m a 4th year medical student going into obstetrics and gynecology with a penchant for visually-stimulating blogs, Instagram-ing my meals, and hiking at Peters Canyon! I grew up in Orange County, went to college in Baltimore, and love to travel to new countries (recently traveled to Alaska, which felt like another country!). I believe that “an ounce of public health is worth a pound of health care” and that education should never be compromised. If I’m not in the hospital, you’ll probably find me at Starbucks.
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Hayley, Fourth Year Medical StudentAbout Hayley:

I am Hayley, a fourth year medical student at Loma Linda University. I grew up outside of Seattle, in the small cow-dominated town of Carnation which is famous primarily for its breakfast products. I graduated from Wheaton College in 2010 with a degree in biology. When I am not at the hospital or studying (which is not very often) I enjoy running in the dark, eating sushi, doodling on my notes, and climbing to the tops of mountains. Some of the things and people I love include my husband Brian, trees, rain, my family, green tea, grapes, and my friends in the class of 2014. Through this blog, I hope to provide you with a bit of insight into my life as I traverse the last year of medical school.
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Leanna, Fourth Year Medical StudentAbout Leanna:

Hola – it’s Leanna, your friendly neighborhood fourth year medical student. Med school thus far has been both challenging and amazing, intense and yet totally worth it; I am excited to share some of my experiences on this blog. A snippet of my life: I have an incredibly supportive family, an amazing and encouraging husband, loyal friends, and a very, very, very gracious God who is ultimately responsible for getting me through the day. I love hiking, bunnies, good salads, the beach, dinosaurs, pretending to be a Jedi, the state of California, painting, and colorful clothes.
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Stephanie, Fourth Year Medical StudentAbout Stephanie:

I am currently a fourth year medical student looking forward to entering residency in Family Medicine next year. I grew up in a small town in northwestern Illinois (Morrison) and have relocated to Southern California with my husband for the four years of medical school but plan to move back to the Midwest soon (aka for residency)! Some of the hobbies that I enjoy the most are spending time with my husband and our pets (a dog, Addison, and a cat, Blaze), dancing, running, and cooking.
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Ryan, Fourth Year Medical StudentAbout Ryan:

I’m (finally) in my 4th year of medical school, and I’m going into orthopedic surgery. I came into medical school to become an orthopedist, and that desire has only grown since matriculation. Three things combine to form the basis of this choice: physical activity, engineering, and helping people. There is no other field I’ve found that more completely integrates those three things. I love any kind of outdoor activity and sports, most notably running, mountain biking, and football. I worked in and taught civil-structural engineering before medical school, and those principles have shown up in medicine – especially orthopedics. I feel that healing people is the highest form of service to humanity.

There are three orthopedic surgeons who also have their MA in Bioethics, according to Google. There’s soon to be four. I recently graduated with a Master’s in Bioethics from the MD/MA combined degree program offered jointly by LLU’s School of Medicine and School of Religion. Double-count some med school classes, inject a light year between junior and senior year (maybe sophomore and junior), and come away with a better understanding of humanity and what is right. It’s a pretty good deal.

My other interests are politics, economics, gardening, and pursuing a few close friendships––most of all with my wife. I’m usually a private person, but I’m honored to share with you my perspective on what remains of my medical school experience and what I’ve learned along the way.
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About Michael:

I’m entering my fourth year of graduate school as part of the MD/PhD combined degree program at LLU. I’m doing neuroscience research with Dr. Salvador Soriano, investigating cholesterol dysregulation in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. A proud geek, I’m a music lover and avid technophile. At home, I’m surrounded by a number of computers as well as my long-suffering wife of four years.
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