First things first plan to be in the operating room before the patient arrives. Introduce yourself to the circulating nurse who should have a desk/workspace in a corner of the operating room. Most operating rooms have a white board where they put all pertinent information for the “time out” prior to the case, where you … More OR Etiquette: Customs & Courtesies
The OR can be a scary place to be if you aren’t familiar with the rules and regulations. I was fortunate to have been allowed to shadow in the OR since I was in high school so I had a basic knowledge of what to expect when it came to my clinical rotations and starting … More OR Etiquette – Appearance
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
Looking back on my career, it’s hard to believe that it was 5 years ago when I first started the process to apply to medical school and to the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) . I received my interview invites in August prior to my senior year and I wasn’t accepted to HPSP until February … More Questions to ask Medical Schools Regarding HPSP
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.
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“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