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
Being in the military, moving is a frequent occurrence and I’ve often found myself in a new city not knowing anyone and not knowing where to go. I decided to create these AFB Travel Guides as a quick reference to find the places that were recommended to me, the stops I wish I had known about, and the insider tips that no one tells you! … More WPAFB Top 5: Food Stops
I have an embarrassing secret to share: I failed my initial physical fitness test (PFT). During Commissioned Officer Training (COT), all candidates are expected to pass a PFT consisting of one minute of sit-ups, one minute of push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Sounds easy enough, right? I went to COT after my first year of medical … More COT: Physical Fitness Test
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
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
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? 🏡
… More The Unmarried Doctor
A day in the life of: This month I am on my radiology rotation. Working in a small community hospital, the type of patients we see in the radiology department are your typical “bread and butter” cases. My day consists of about 2 hours worth of self-guided reading or a lecture from my attending where … More 50 Shades of Gray: My Month on Radiology
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?