I grew up under the notion that all bacteria is bad bacteria. Working in healthcare I am constantly washing my hands and sanitizing my phone, stethoscope and pens to kill off any lurking bacteria. When patients are sick we prescribe antibiotics to fend off bacterial infections. Everywhere we look are antibacterial wipes and sprays. All this focus on … More Probiotics & Skincare
About a year ago I adopted a mainly plant-based diet, or as my colleagues jokingly call it, a flexitarian which is a term to describe a vegetarian who very rarely eats meat. To preface my decision to radically change my diet, it helps to have a bit of a background. In October of 2015 my … More Doctors Versus Diets
One Common Problem.
America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2015 there were more than 33,000 overdose deaths. This number rose to more than 64,000 deaths in 2016 and these numbers show no signs of slowing down. To put these numbers in perspective, more than double the number of people died by drug overdose last year than the number of people killed by gun violence.
… More A Tale of Two Patients
“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor.” It’s a common sentiment heard among medical students. Many of my classmates had grown up in families of doctors, and it was just expected that medical school was the next step. Unlike many of my classmates, I don’t have anyone in the medical field in my … More Imposter Syndrome
Now that we have rung in the new year, the countdown to graduation is on! In less than 6 months I will officially be able to add the title of “doctor” before my name. With my growing excitement also comes a pang of anxiety. With more freedom means more responsibility. This month I have been … More The (Real) Doctor Will See You Now
Prosopagnosia, is the medical term for “face blindness” or the inability to recognize faces. I often joke I suffer from face blindness as I struggle to find family members in the airport or friends in public places. I frequently introduce myself to classmates and attending physicians I have already worked with because I fail to … More The Faces I Can’t Forget
I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to write a blog post that may be controversial in nature. I tried to convince myself that it would be easier just to bite my tongue, turn my cheek, look the other way. I reasoned that writing a post that was political in nature would be … More An Immigrant’s Perspective on the American Dream
With a new rotation comes lots of paperwork, getting lost in the hospital and plenty of new faces and introductions.
In recent months I have noticed when discussing my career path during these ice breaker conversations I often get questioned about my marital status. While the question seems innocent enough, I can’t help but feel that there may be some hidden bias underlying the inquiry. When I say I’m unmarried, I often get praised for putting my career first. I can’t help but notice my male colleagues personal lives are not only not questioned, but they are certainly not put in opposition with their career.
So what gives? Does being a female physician mean sacrificing a future spouse or a happy home life? 🏡
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I woke up feeling exhausted. My first of my 4 alarms went off at 4:15 AM. I lay in bed just dreading the day ahead of me, before finally leaving the safe confines of my bed to get ready. By 4:50 AM I was in my car heading to the nursing home where I am … More Mourning the Loss of a Patient
If you’re a fan of the Biggest Loser you might be surprised to hear that fitness guru Bob Harper had a heart attack a few weeks ago.
Harper revealed yesterday on the Dr. Oz Show he has elevated lipoprotein A (Lp(a)) This peaked my interest because I too have elevated Lp(a). Despite being in medical school I had heard very little about Lp(a) until I began researching it.
Read on to learn more about Lp(a) and why it is so important for heart health. ❤️ … More Lipoprotein A: What is it? Why does it matter?