Category Archives: Thoughts

Reconnecting with my Goals

Since I normally take classes year-round and have been taking premed prerequisite classes after my bachelor’s degree, July was my first month of no classes in six years! Though I’m still working, this was my first month of completely unstructured time. Turns out, unstructured time is kryptonite to my productivity.

Recharging the Mind and Spirit

It’s almost the end of my PGY1 (Intern) year and senior resident responsibilities loom nearby. Overall it’s been a good year. I got to see a lot of patients and be responsible for their care. Along the way I saw a wide variety of cases and learned to be a

Recharging on Call

I’m on call and my pager has finally decided to quiet down for an hour (fingers crossed). My phone’s battery life is at 24%. It’s time for a recharge. I find an outlet to plug in my phone, and for the next while I recharge myself too. I kick off

The Healer’s Art

Steve McCurry, one of the best photographers in the world, just put together a gallery on The Healer’s Art. Very moving pictures with excellently chosen quotes. Definitely worth checking out. His pictures always remind me of the beauty in our humanity.

Looking for a CoBlogger for PreMed, MCAT, Med School Topics

As long time readers may know, I am pretty far out from the premed life. It’s been six years since I wrote the MCAT and applied to medical school. I don’t really know what it’s like to be a pre-med today in 2013. I you asked me right now about

Taking Ownership of Your Patients

In many ways, residency is not too different clerkship. You rotate through different specialties, you try to learn how to take care of patients from your teachers. Sometimes, I feel like I knew more medical knowledge when I was a medical student than I do now. During clerkship, I saw

Not a Time to Reflect

I’ve been busy the last few months on service heavy rotations. The workdays run long, call nights are hectic and post-call days are spent mostly sleeping. One difference between residency and medical school is the lack of breaks between different rotations. During medical school, your rotations often would switch from

Becoming a Craftsman

I just finished watching this inspiring documentary named Jiro Dreams of Sushi recommended by Daniel Pink. It documents master chef Jiro’s obsession with sushi and how he often makes sushi even in his dreams. Relating back to residency, the last four months have been a tremendous period of growth for

Tales From the Call Room – The Pager

On those rare call nights when things are quiet on the wards, I often find it hard to sleep soundly. The reason is because there is a big elephant in the room – the pager. The pager is your electronic leash. You learn to hate the pager and you learn

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Book Review

Readers of this blog may know that I am a long-time reader of the Study Hacks blog by Cal Newport. In fact, a lot of Cal’s posts and books are very insightful and have changed how I approach studying. I would like to think I am a more efficient and