Transition from Student to Doctor

It’s hard to believe it, but I’m a 4th year medical student now! I took Step 2 CK, took a couple weeks off to relax with family, and just finished a month of ICU. It was a hard month, but I learned so much. I realized something truly magical happens between 2nd year and residency….

Know Your Patient

One of the expectations of students during internal medicine rotation is to “know your patient.” An attending once told me: “You should know your patient’s vital signs overnight, their new imaging results, who lives at home with them, what meds they are taking, even the name of their dog.” His statement produced a few chuckles,…

The Weight of a Patient’s World

“7 pounds, 11 ounces!” announced the nurse. The exhausted mother, who had just given birth to a baby boy after 1.5 hours of pushing, gave a big smile. As the nurse returned the baby back to her, the mother repeatedly cooed, “Mi chiquitito, mi chiquitito…” and I was reminded of how privileged I was to…

I Love Peds!

Pediatrics has been been my favorite rotation thus far, hands down. I love the way that pediatricians approach problems and decide treatment plans. Every day, I get to practice coming up with my list of differential diagnoses and moving possibilities up and down my list based on clinical findings. Kids can be sick with sooo…

Tips for Surgery Rotation

I made it through surgery (praise God!) and am nearly halfway through my pediatrics rotation. Surgery was an exhausting 10-week ride, but it was one filled with unforgettable experiences. Here are a few things I learned: Get a reliable alarm clock. My phone, usually a trusty tool, failed TWICE at waking me up. On those…