Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I need a nap.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
And for comic relief, here are "the 10 types of physician bloggers" from A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor.
Monday, March 21, 2011
I don't know what the answer to all of this is. The liberal arts educated activist in me wants to do away with all stereotypes, with anything that could risk labeling someone. There is so much potential damage from stereotypes and assumptions, especially when someones health is on the line! The Ashkenazi Jew in me is grateful that I can be screened for a plethora of diseases, and also to have an idea of what I may be at higher risk for. Lastly, my medical student persona is REALLY grateful to be able to learn a full clinical picture while studying for STEP 1, glad to have points of association and clues to look for in questions stems. My challenge is going to be learning the stereotypes in order to learn the diseases but then forgetting the clinical picture enough that it doesn't put blinders on my [future] diagnostic ability.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
"This year we're going to experience four unusual dates. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that's not all... Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born -now add the age you will be this year, and the result will be 111 for everyone...!! "
While I normally don't give these emails any time or attention, I'm curios. How is the 111 possible? It works for me (84 + 27 = 111), does it work for others? Can anyone explain?
Purim sameach ya'll!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
However, sometimes sitting in a study room, surrounded by books, drowning in information, getting scores of 50% or so on practice test after practice test (which I am told is normal-ish for this stage of studying) is enough to make me go crazy! During these moments daydreaming about the future keeps me motivated. My current daydreams seem to revolve around what I could do if I take a year off and where I may decide to take my future career. Topping the list:
Year off: AMSA health justice fellowship, Doris Duke clinical research fellowship, and the CDC applied epidemiology research fellowship...
Post MD/MPH degree: US public health service corps, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, getting a MPP...
At the end of the day, no matter how productive I was or how brain dead I am, I get to come home to my wonderful cat Lulav (can I sound any more like a lesbian?!) who simply wants me to feed and play with him. Really though, taking care of something besides myself puts a long day of studying perfectly into perspective.
Monday, March 14, 2011
"In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chair Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Ala.) wrote, "I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill. ... I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding."
In a separate e-mail to a constituent, Murkowski wrote, "I do believe that Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with its funding cuts contained in the H.R. 1 package." She added, "From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone. With these funds, Planned Parenthood has provided women throughout the U.S. with important family planning and contraceptive services as well as screening for breast and cervical cancers for low-income women. I believe it is important that Title X organizations continue to receive funding."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) last week also announced her opposition to eliminating Title X (Politico, 3/11)."
We need to keep fighting this as it hasn't been voted on yet. Continue to contact your elected officials, continue to spread the word and raise awareness, continue to take a stand for access to reproductive health care.
Taken from the NRMP website:
March 14, 2011
Applicant matched and unmatched information posted to the Web site at 12:00 noon eastern time.
March 15, 2011
Filled and unfilled results for individual programs posted to the Web site at 11:30 a.m. eastern time.
Locations of all unfilled positions are released at 12:00 noon eastern time. Unmatched applicants may begin contacting unfilled programs at 12:00 noon eastern time.
March 17, 2011
Match Day! Match results for applicants are posted to Web site at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.
March 18, 2011
Hospitals send letters of appointment to matched applicants after this date.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
p.s. starting at 7am tomorrow morning I disappear into the land of step 1 studying. I'll do my best to keep posting but I make no promises!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I just need to remember that listening to my patients, truly listening, is one of the most important services I can offer.