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…

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,…

Thank you to the teacher who didn’t speak

This past week was teacher appreciation week. I want to thank my amazing teachers that I have here at Loma Linda University but I also want to thank the teacher who couldn’t speak. About a month ago, our school hosted a memorial service for our Anatomy and Physiology cadaver lab. It was a time to…

Reflecting on the First Quarter of School

As it being a new year, I am taking the time to reflect on last year, and I am amazed at how God has been changing my life! If you were to tell me at the beginning of 2017 that by 2018 I would be living in California, I would have not believed you. So…

A Day in the Life of a… 24-hour on-call surgery student

0445: Wake up after snoozing for 10 minutes. Fortunately, I packed all my food the night before. Shower and eat breakfast. 0520: Hit the road for my 25 minute drive to the county hospital. My inner Lightning McQueen makes the drive over rural country roads through the hills a fun way to start my day….