Category Archives: Thoughts

The Physical Exam

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Verghese ever since I heard about the Stanford 25 a few years ago. The Stanford 25 is a list of 25 physical examinations that all clinicians should be able to perform. As of right now, I think I can do probably 23/25 with the

Site Changes – New Theme

New Changes – As you may have noticed, I’ve decided to update the website layout today and so far I’m liking the new changes. Apart from being a bit more stylish and easier to read, I think the changes will better help organize all the posts and articles I’ve written

Clerkship Pearls – Introduction

Starting this week, I’m going to start a short series of posts of clerkship tips and advice. It won’t be anything too ground breaking but instead be a collection of advice I have gotten in this past year that has really helped me in all my rotations. With a brand

The Shortlist – Year Three

At the end of my first year of medical, I made a shortlist (year 1) of specialties I was considering. At the end of second year, I made another list (year 2) of specialties I was thinking of doing. Now, after finishing my third year and more importantly the clerkship

Happy 3rd Year!

It’s been 3 years since for this blog and it’s amazing to see how this blog has grown since I started medical school. I’m surprised by how much I’ve changed after reading my old posts. Thank you to all my readers – I wouldn’t have gotten this far without your

When I Knew I Wanted to Do Medicine

When did you know you wanted to become a doctor? Physician Family I was born into a physician family. My dad is a medical doctor, and grandfather was a doctor, and my maternal great-grandfather also happened to be a medical doctor. My earliest impression of doctors was they “helped” people

15 Things About Surgery

15 quick thoughts from my Surgery rotation 5 Good Things You can Make a Difference – You (surgery) are the intervention. A chance to cut is a chance to cure. You can heal with cold steel. Operations can make a big difference in patient’s lives immediately. No Need to Dress

When I Become an Attending…

Based on the many observations and interactions with staff / attending / chief residents / consultant doctors during clerkship year. A list of do’s and don’ts I will try to follow one day… Hopefully I’ll look back at this post when I’m finished all the training and find it useful.

25 Tricks to Remembering Names

Being good with names is a skill everyone can benefit from. It makes meeting new friends easier, socializing smoother and people will respect you. As Dale Carnegie puts it, “a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” We want doctors to care


When your days become all work and no play,  your morale and enthusiasm quickly plummets. I’m currently stuck in one of those ruts where you have disdain for everything – rounding, answering pages, being in the hospital.You begin to wonder why anyone would subject themselves to this kind of a