As I near of the end of my second-year, I’ve finally stopped thinking about the process of getting into medical school. But with friends going through the application cycle, waiting on and making decisions, I’ve been reflecting on my process and remembering just how terrible the whole thing felt. To offer some support to those going […]Continue Reading ...
Since the beginning of 2019, Washington state has had 71 (and climbing) confirmed cases of measles, but so far no deaths — thank goodness. I’ve been following these numbers closely since the epidemic began in part because of my own history with the disease. In 1986, during the summer before my senior year of high […]Continue Reading ...
I’m constantly awed by the fact that I get to be part of one of the best hospitals in the world, especially because as a kid, I grew up without health insurance. These were the days before the Affordable Care Act; there was no penalty for going without health coverage. As a non-citizen, I was […]Continue Reading ...
When people ask me, “How’s medical school?” many experiences are on my mind, but discretion leads me to answer, “It’s good! I’m really happy.” But when I ask myself this question, I try to answer it more bluntly. Though most of the time I really enjoy it, sometimes school is exhausting. I never know how […]Continue Reading ...
Last year, as a second-year medical student, I wrote a December holiday gift guide called “A med student’s Christmas wish list”. It included “the world’s softest pillow” (a sign that I needed more sleep), home-cooked meals (reminiscent of how homesick I was with my last batch of pre-clinical final exams pending), and more time (I […]Continue Reading ...
When she arrived at San Francisco State to study cell molecular biology as an undergrad, Krissie Tellez was convinced the Bay Area topped her native Southern California. Now, in her fifth year as a developmental biology graduate student, she’s leaning a bit more toward Los Angeles. “I miss being able to go to the beach whenever I […]Continue Reading ...
A face feels nothing like a frozen pig’s foot, I thought, as I guided a curved needle into the woman’s cheek, drawing the absorbable thread across her still-bleeding wound. Two wraps around the needle driver and I pulled the nearly invisible thread through, bringing the edges of her skin back together, securing my first knot. […]Continue Reading ...
Fourteen-year-old Athena Tran celebrated an important personal milestone this week: It’s been one year since she received a heart transplant at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Athena was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a form of heart failure, when she was in fifth grade. This week, in honor of the anniversary of her surgery, the hospital […]Continue Reading ...
In medical school, I’m having a hard time choosing among extracurricular activities. Some of the difficulty comes from the fact that our mandatory classes are hard enough for me to manage. On top of managing coursework, I feel an enormous pressure to question what I should and shouldn’t do to best plan for my future. […]Continue Reading ...
In middle school, I asked for a neuroscience textbook for Christmas. I understood maybe a few pages, but I loved the pictures. In high school, I asked for a neuroanatomy atlas. I can still hear my mother going “Mhmmmm” when I’d tell her the brain area she used if she so much as moved her […]Continue Reading ...
During the recent winter break, I went home and visited my yearly slew of doctors for check-ups: vision, dental, gynecology, etc. In the exam room, my new gynecologist instructed me to put my feet up in the stirrups. I had recently learned in a seminar at school that new guidelines on PAP smears suggest spacing […]Continue Reading ...
I almost died last year. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t even inspiring. It was terrifying. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I had beaten cancer rather handily back in 2010. There were side effects from the chemo that took forever to overcome — chemo brain, neuropathy, fatigue. But I was lucky; the cancer […]Continue Reading ...
In my previous posts, I’ve written about how one of the major challenges of being on medical school rotations is the necessity of changing rotations every four weeks, and how adapting to each new specialty feels like going through the first day of school all over again. In this post, I’d like to share my […]Continue Reading ...
As a high school and a college student, I was single-mindedly focused on becoming a physician. I would be the first person in my family to finish college, and I planned on becoming a doctor so that I could support my parents, who worked hard hours. Their work ethic pushed me to work hard, and […]Continue Reading ...
Two weeks ago, researchers at Harvard published a study that looked at mental health issues in economics graduate students at several universities. They found that levels of moderate to severe anxiety and depression in these students were three times greater than the national average. In the same study, 1 in 10 students reported having suicidal […]Continue Reading ...
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