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…

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…

Wrestling With a Patient

image credit from jesuslivesinmyheart.tumblr.com “Lord, I pray that you would help me see my patients the way you see them.” This is a prayer that I prayed from time to time during my junior year. Just recently, I have been reminded of this prayer by a friend and it turned out to be tremendously helpful…

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before 1st Year

Just a few tidbits that I learned on my way to being 1/4th Doctor… Don’t underestimate the difficulty of medical school. Medical students said that it’s hard. Teachers and mentors warned that it’s hard. Yet with foolish pride, I still thought, it can’t be that hard. I thought hard would be late nights and weekends…