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 ...
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 ...
When postdoc Yaw Shin Ooi, PhD, isn’t in the lab, you may find him birdwatching on campus, or perfecting his Chinese calligraphy. Ooi’s love for science has taken him around the world — from his home in Malaysia, to New York, to the Bay Area, where he came to accept a position at Stanford as a […]Continue Reading ...
Suhani Jalota was only 20 years old when she established the Myna Mahila Foundation to help impoverished women in the slums of her native city, Mumbai. Now, at 24, she is embarking on her pursuit of a PhD in health policy on the economics track at Stanford Medicine’s Department of Health Research and Policy. Last […]Continue Reading ...
The following are some questions to ask the research team when thinking about a clinical trial. Write down any questions you might have and bring your list with you when you first meet with the research team. What treatment or tests will I have? Will they hurt? What are the chances I will get the […]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 ...
Lately, I’ve been addicted to period dramas, some of which are more historically accurate than others, (I’m thinking “The Crown“, “Victoria” and, my latest, more-guilty pleasure, “The White Princess“). My favorites have female protagonists struggling to assert themselves under the watchful eye of the various companions, guardians and advisors that shepherd them through their days. My viewing habits […]Continue Reading ...
Last week, like so many California residents, I woke up to the smell of smoke. I scurried out of bed at 5:30 AM and checked the cooktop, the oven, and even opened my apartment’s front door. It wasn’t until I went to close a window, letting in a cold early-morning breeze, that I realized the […]Continue Reading ...
With sharp teeth, cape-like wings, keen hunting skills and nocturnal lifestyles, bats figure prominently in Halloween decor. Equally spooky is their ability to harbor dangerous viruses such as Marburg, SARS, Middle East respiratory syndrome, and others. Dorothy Tovar, a Stanford graduate student in microbiology and immunology, is working to understand how these bats remain healthy while hosting […]Continue Reading ...
Like many newish medical students, second-year student Jill Anderson, a Bay Area native, is still figuring out exactly what she’d like to do. Her current interests include obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics, with some clinical research and teaching mixed in. I caught up with her recently to learn more. How did you first become interested in science? […]Continue Reading ...
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