28 7 / 2014

Since I didn’t have to purchase any school supplies this semester, I decided to sponsor a child as part of my church’s uniform drive. I picked out three shirts, underwear, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste to help a little girl look and feel great as she begins the first grade. (The Scooby Snacks are for my own lunch box. A girl’s gotta eat, right?)
If you’re in a place where you can help kids get a leg up on the start of another school year, consider donating to a local uniform or supply drive. It’s a great way to reminisce on the days when you had to walk uphill both ways, and you never know whose future you’re brightening with your gift. (I imagine my donation as an investment in our third or fourth female US president… Or maybe even the next Tina Fey or Amy Poehler.)

Since I didn’t have to purchase any school supplies this semester, I decided to sponsor a child as part of my church’s uniform drive. I picked out three shirts, underwear, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste to help a little girl look and feel great as she begins the first grade. (The Scooby Snacks are for my own lunch box. A girl’s gotta eat, right?)
If you’re in a place where you can help kids get a leg up on the start of another school year, consider donating to a local uniform or supply drive. It’s a great way to reminisce on the days when you had to walk uphill both ways, and you never know whose future you’re brightening with your gift. (I imagine my donation as an investment in our third or fourth female US president… Or maybe even the next Tina Fey or Amy Poehler.)

27 7 / 2014

Summer tweeting has been fun, but tomorrow it’s back to the grind. Sayonara, Twitterverse.

Summer tweeting has been fun, but tomorrow it’s back to the grind. Sayonara, Twitterverse.

26 7 / 2014

My Summer Vacation, a photo essay

26 7 / 2014

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Exactly one year ago I started medical school. Looking back, orientation week was the most exhausting one of the entire year. It was so hectic, in fact, that the photo above was the only shot I got from my first day—I finally remembered to take a “first day of school” photo while on my way from class to my first society dinner. When I lay down to sleep that evening, my head was spinning with uncertainties of how was I going to survive the rest of the week, let alone the next four years.

Throughout the rest of orientation week I had mini meltdowns regarding just about everything, from using a PC for the first time since the 1990s to pointing my stethoscope ear buds in the wrong direction. By the end of the week I was a hot mess stuck in a self-depricating tailspin, but luckily I had friends and family who continuously reminded me that I was worthy of being accepted into medical school and, therefore, I was adequately prepared to make it through the most challenging workload I would ever face.

At the end of the week faculty and first-year students gathered to celebrate the beginning of our journey at a white coat ceremony, where we swore in as students and took the Hippocratic oath. Putting on that white coat felt surreal, and a little sterile, but I have since broken it in as it has accompanied me on many memorable patient encounters. (The photos below are from that special day. It was also a momentous occasion for my dad, who took his first ever “selfie” that afternoon.)image

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One year later, I find myself in a totally different place. I have both knowledge and experience under my belt, and I’m helping to usher in the new class while I prepare to take on my second year as a medical student. Sure, I’m nervous about the increased expectations, but I’m more excited than anything else to see where this year will take me.

Much of the last year has been a blur, the kind you experience when you ride a really scary, stomach-churning, billion-mile-an-hour roller coaster—you exit the ride with your feet and stomach catching up to the rest of your body, feeling a little woozy, chockfull of adrenaline, proud that you forced yourself to take part in the experience, but all the while knowing that there’s not enough money in this world to get you back on that ride a second time. That being said, I’m all aboard and strapped in the second-year coaster, excited to experience my first free-fall as an M2.

17 7 / 2014

biocanvas:

Macrophages in a mouse liver
Found in practically all tissues, macrophages (in blue) are the hungry cells of the immune system. They gobble up dying cells and harmful pathogens like bacteria to ensure tissues are happy and healthy. When a tissue is damaged, young macrophages are recruited by the bucket-load to the site of injury where they mature to speed up wound repair and eat trespassing bacteria. Some bacteria, like the one responsible for tuberculosis, can survive even after being eaten, eventually killing the macrophage and accelerating its spread within the tissue.
Image by Hendrik Herrmann.

biocanvas:

Macrophages in a mouse liver

Found in practically all tissues, macrophages (in blue) are the hungry cells of the immune system. They gobble up dying cells and harmful pathogens like bacteria to ensure tissues are happy and healthy. When a tissue is damaged, young macrophages are recruited by the bucket-load to the site of injury where they mature to speed up wound repair and eat trespassing bacteria. Some bacteria, like the one responsible for tuberculosis, can survive even after being eaten, eventually killing the macrophage and accelerating its spread within the tissue.

Image by Hendrik Herrmann.

(Source: fei.com)

12 7 / 2014

ndusmle:

Afferent vs. Efferent Arterioles

ndusmle:

Afferent vs. Efferent Arterioles

(via thebeautyofmedicine)

09 7 / 2014

Summer studying is rough.

Summer studying is rough.

08 7 / 2014

If I had a dollar for every time I “anticipated” working out, only to put on a pair of sweat pants and pop in a “Friends” DVD, I’d probably have enough cash to pay off next year’s tuition.

If I had a dollar for every time I “anticipated” working out, only to put on a pair of sweat pants and pop in a “Friends” DVD, I’d probably have enough cash to pay off next year’s tuition.

07 7 / 2014

Considering all my passwords are currently based on my favorite foods and actors, this article explains all of the binge snacking and TV marathoning I’ve been up to lately. It may be time for something more productive, like $tudyUR@$$0ff.

zachjohnson:

Talk about living with intention! This is such an easy, provocative idea.

04 7 / 2014

aspiringdoctors:

thenotquitedoctor:

forbes:

How have vaccines changed the world? Using data from the Centers for Disease Control, graphic designer Leon Farrant created this awesome graphic that drives home what the data all means.
Check out more of Farrant’s work here. 

Newsflash for the antivaxxers: vaccines work!

My favorite public health soap box.

aspiringdoctors:

thenotquitedoctor:

forbes:

How have vaccines changed the world? Using data from the Centers for Disease Control, graphic designer Leon Farrant created this awesome graphic that drives home what the data all means.

Check out more of Farrant’s work here

Newsflash for the antivaxxers: vaccines work!

My favorite public health soap box.

(via thebeautyofmedicine)