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Quick Meals Made Easy

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Friday was my fifth anniversary with my boyfriend. =D This meant that on Sunday I got surprised with this:

And that plus leftover frittata (which tastes great cold, so I don’t need to worry about a microwave) plus the fact that I weirdly don’t get hungry till I’ve been up for an hour or more, means that I pack this for breakfast to eat after I pre-round on my patients:

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March 26, 2012 at 6:32 am


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I have a moderately intimidating To-Do List of home chores and school assignments that I really need to/want to complete today. This bacon, kale and onion frittata was not the highest item on my list (ugh, required online EKG quiz due tomorrow), but it’s by far the tastiest, and it’s much easier to think on a happily full stomach.

I’d post a recipe, except I made it up. And you can too! The basic idea behind a frittata seems to be “saute the vegetables/meat/etc, beat the eggs, add the eggs and cook on the stove briefly, add cheese if desired, then bake in a 350F oven for ~30 minutes). It tastes very good hot, and I’m hoping it will taste good cold too.

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March 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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Determination and Drive

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The summer I decided I was going to medical school, I decided to take General Chemistry to catch up on the prerequisites (I still took a year off between undergrad and med school to get some more science classes in on my transcript). I enrolled into the class a bit late, maybe nearly two weeks late, but it was still within the Add/Drop period. The teacher told me that I could still take the class if I really wanted to, but the first exam was tomorrow, and she gave off the vibe that she didn’t think this was a good idea and that I wouldn’t be able to pass the test.

I got an A in that class. Best motivation ever is to have someone tell me I can’t do something that I think I can.

A few nights ago I was at a post-match 3rd years/4th years meeting, and in the Psychiatry small group, someone asked the fourth year about how people on other rotations talk about the Psychiatry residents here and what he thinks about how they seem to be less “Academic” (which he was pressured into clarifying as meaning intelligent).

So this makes me want to keep pushing myself on my Medicine rotation, even though I know I can easily get a High Pass without much extra effort. Psych patients deserve smart, hard working doctors too.


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March 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Third Year Ob/Gyn Rotation Review

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One last picture of the flower trees outside my apartment. 1) Because they’re beautiful. 2) Because the flowers have all already fallen off so I can’t take any more pictures of them. =(

I’m now on my second week of Internal Medicine, and I just wanted to write a quick post about Ob/Gyn before it’s too far off my mind. I think it’s really unfortunate how many medical students end up having bad experiences on this rotation (at my school and nationwide). It was definitely mixed among my classmates, and very heavily based on which residents you had, and which sub-rotations you had (on Gynecology Oncology for example, just about everyone is miserable). I was definitely very stressed out my first two weeks because I didn’t feel like I was clicking well with my team (and then surprise, my Chief Resident actually graded me really well and gave me some really nice feedback).

My second two weeks, working at a government funded clinic with five different Attendings, was an amazing experience. I loved all the Attendings, the patient population was interesting (never heard that much spanish in Saint Louis this entire time I’ve been here!), and I in general just really enjoy outpatient Gynecology and Obstetrics. One of the Attendings runs Centering Pregnancy groups, which is a model where you select a group of women with due dates within a relatively close range, and they do their prenatal visits as group sessions. Most of the women in her groups were under 25 (in one group only one or two of them were old enough to drink) and most were first time mothers. Young mothers who didn’t intend to get pregnant are an unfortunate demographic, but one that is really satisfying to help. And sexual education and access to birth control are two topics rather near and dear to my heart, so it was nice to see and work with the population that I want to help out and the outcomes I’d like to work toward preventing.

I’m also apparently rather good at speculum exams, for a medical student. Unfortunately, this won’t be a very useful skill for my future career path, and it’s really not much of a party trick either…

Labor and Delivery nights was another good experience (minus the night shift part), because I really lucked out and had solid and friendly Residents. I learned how to “catch” a baby, and watched how amazing and beautiful and grotesque all deliveries are, from C-Sections to births with epidurals to the “omg there is no time for an epidural because this baby is coming out NOW!” births. Unfortunately, the women who tended to want fewer interventions or who wanted to do water births always requested no medical students in the room, so I never saw those. What I learned from Labor and Delivery is that Ob/Gyn is definitely not for me, because C-Sections are one of my least favorite kinds of surgery, and vaginal deliveries aren’t something I really want to do routinely either. I love the medicine of Ob/Gyn, but not the procedural aspect. I probably could have loved being an Ob/Gyn nurse practitioner, and delivering low risk patients, but that’s not the path I’m on, and I think I’m really going to enjoy Psychiatry. =)

But as I said, sexual education and birth control are still important topics to me, so I hope someday to find a way to advocate for what I believe in, and to help make a change, even if I’m not going to be a direct provider.

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March 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Match Day!

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Another Match Day has come (good luck Class of 2012!), 364 days before mine (3/15/13, The Ides of March 2013)! Oh yes, I’m counting down. I resisted the urge and waited until it was a year away, and now I’m on the hunt for a good countdown app. Or maybe/also I’ll buy a nice calendar that I can cross the days off on.

I’ve always had a love of planning, and I spend a lot of time staring at and re-organizing my google calendar and adding in everything I know about so far (like my match day! And my graduation day!).

I’m not sure whether I’ll make it out to watch Match Day at my school this year, but I’m definitely excited to see the list!

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March 16, 2012 at 6:19 am


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Spring just came out of nowhere! Or so it seems to me, since I spent two weeks on night shift and missing out on experiencing the gradual warming up of the weather. But I am so happy that it’s spring, and I’m very glad that I’m back on rotations (Internal Medicine) where I work during the day like most people, and I’m not working crazy hours either. I was on call today and it wasn’t quite dark yet on my walk home! And it was raining a bit, but it was warm enough that I didn’t really mind my lack of an umbrella.

I think  one of my classmates said it best today: “I didn’t realize I had Seasonal Affective Disorder until it got warmer and sunny and I found myself feeling so happy for no reason!”

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March 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Morbid curiousity

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Our chief resident mentioned that there would be a D&E (dilation and evacuation; essentially, a second trimester abortion) this morning (feels like yesterday to me!), and asked if I or the other med student wanted to watch. The other med student offered to let me go if I wanted, and I accepted, because, well, new experiences.

I’d like to write a blog post about it, except I’m not sure yet how to do so without a lot of rather sensitive, graphic imagery that I’m not sure my readers would appreciate, so I might just write one and not publish it. Or just write about other aspects of it and not about the procedure itself. We’ll see.

(It was essentially medically indicated and not elective).

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March 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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