Thursday, May 31, 2012

Telepathy, divine inspiration, etc.

I'll take it!

I will take any and all information the world wants to throw at me while I take USMLE step 2 tomorrow.  Specifically knowledge relating to pharm, neuro, cardio, and heme/onc.

See you on the flip side where, after a month of intensive sub-i, I will hopefully be back on my political soapbox!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thank you Dr. Willie J. Parker

Taken from this article, "Why I perform abortions: A Christian obstetrician explains his choice":

"In listening to a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, I came to a deeper understanding of my spirituality, which places a higher value on compassion. King said what made the good Samaritan “good” is that instead of focusing on would happen to him by stopping to help the traveler, he was more concerned about what would happen to the traveler if he didn’t stop to help.
I became more concerned about what would happen to these women if I, as an obstetrician, did not help them."


Thursday, May 24, 2012

The relative speed of time

It is amazing how quickly each month on rotations flew by.  Especially, in contrast to how slowly this month of step 2 studying is going.  With a week to go until the big day, I'm growing ever more impatient to get back to my regularly scheduled life.  It seems the I should have taken the 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 #2 pencils more to heart when I scheduled my exam... oh well.  Here is to hoping that this extra time will pay off with a higher score. Also hoping that I don't burn myself completely out over the next week as I'm pretty sure that burning out is problematic for my performance.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Step 2 study bubble

I'm currently submerged in the USMLE step 2 CK study bubble.  There is so much going on in the world to blog about: Obama's support of gay marriage, more anti-women's health legislation being introduced across the country, the national discussion on student debt, engagement announcements, friends' weddings, finding out about [multiple] divorces (what?! how am I old enough to have peers getting divorced already?), plans for my upcoming cross country move, preparing for a year "off" doing research, my OSCE exam, etc... but alas, my life is consumed by step 2 studying.

I probably wont get a chance to blog about it, but I'm acutely aware of my 22nd diabetes-versy this Saturday, 5/19/12.  Having had an endo & opto appointment this week, I feel so blessed to be here, healthy, and to be going into medicine.

On the bright side, step 2 studying is much more exciting than step 1 studying was.  I am actually *gasp* kind of enjoying it.  So at least now you know that I am off having fun while neglecting all of you out here in the blog-spher.  I should reemerge after June 1st!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

[More] pretty colors highlight [more] sad truth.

Similar to my previous post, Pretty colors highlight sad truth, another chart has been created highlighting the dispersion of rights across the United States. 

Image taken from"Gay rights in the US, state by state", Guardian in America interactive team,,

This chart is really cool.  The whole article is.  It is interactive, allowing for stratification of rights based on location and specific laws.  It totally brings out the nerd it me. 

Amendment 1 in North Carolina today means that one more state refrains from lighting up.  I certainly hope that, in my lifetime, this whole map fills with bright colors.  I like bright colors.  I also firmly believe that all humans deserve equal rights regardless of who they happen to love.  Yes, being queer does make me bias, but I'm pretty sure I'd feel this way regardless.  Even the [very mainstream / sometimes conservative] American Medical Association (AMA) believes that LGBT rights are essential for optimal health.  Isn't it 2012?