The Greatest Reward

A few weeks ago I finished my Pediatric ICU rotation. Before beginning this rotation, I was forewarned by several of my classmates that the hours were going to be long, the patients were going to be complex, and many of the cases were going to be sad. Having not had much of a break between…

Cover Pulling

This past week I started my psychiatry clerkship. I began the rotation with one week on Addictions at the Veterans Affairs hospital. Throughout our time at the VA, my classmates and I spent time attending clinic and various group recovery sessions. At clinic we shadowed residents who were interviewing new patients that wanted to initiate…

Life in the Short, White Coat

I remember the day I received my short, white coat as an MS1. It was a day that I had been looking forward to for years. Walking to the front of the University Church, hearing my name called, and slipping on that crisp, bright, white coat for the first time in front of friends, family,…

Mile 22

Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for running. Early on in my running career, I realized I was not always the fastest, but I did learn that I had a well-established base of endurance that allowed me to run for miles and miles. During my senior year of college, I decided…

A Shocking Experience

As we stand around the bedside of our patient, the family anxiously tells us that he was found that morning with vomit and blood around him. The bells are going off in my mind that this man is in hypovolemic shock. The sounds of machines taking his vital signs continue to beep. I see his…