Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Luckily, it turned out to be one of the best hikes we've ever been on. Vibrant luscious flora, banana slugs, newts, birds abound, and spectacular waterfalls. We may have needed to trot the last few miles, but it was still amazing and we managed to make it to the car by dark!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I just went to a lecture this morning given by Dr. Sherry Wren who shared her experience in the Congo over the last two summers. We must be better, we must do more.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Now back to the library to study the derivatives of the ectoderm, somites, and limb development....
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Humans as differentiated cells
Do we start out all equal, capable of anything and everything? Then, over time, progressively restrict our goals, hopes, opportunities and dreams? Does every little choice we make steer us towards our final destination, in sequential order? Meaning that if we didn't make choice A and B first, then we couldn't arrive at C?
Humans as stem cells
Not only do we start out with the world at our feet, but we have this ability throughout our lives. Are we constantly capable of reinventing ourselves? With the right mix of opportunity and timing, can we become anything we want to be? We can self-renew, be bold. But we need might need the right environment, the right parents, the right nurturing in order to have this ability.
I love biology metaphors. I think we might be something in between. Mostly differentiated cells, but under the right conditions we can be changed into stem cells, like inducible pluripotent stem cells!
PS. I shadowed Dr. Verghese today, it was pretty much totally awesome. Tomorrow I'm going on oncology rounds. So thankful for these learning opportunities...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Since I've finished up my classes for the quarter, let me reflect:
Anatomy: The smell got worse, not better, over time. I think I like real people a lot more than dead people, which is why I'll take surgical anatomy next quarter (unfortunately still dead people).
PoM: Brushed up on my quant skills, feel more comfortable analyzing the statistics of research papers. I have my basic taking a medical history skills down, but still need a lot of work!
Genetics: Still want to get my genotype sequenced, all the fear-mongering didn't work on me.
Dev Bio: Development is just really cool and fascinating
Cost Effectiveness Class: Presentation completed! I can't get away from approaching all topics from a cost benefit or cost effectiveness perspective now that I know about it.
In all: I don't feel like I am now 1/6 prepared for the boards or my clinical years, but I am much more knowledgeable of my ignorance, and much more exciting to dive in to more shadowing and volunteer opportunities. I look forward to working with patients every single day. I still believe that this is 100% the path I'm supposed to be on. I still love medical school but am very thankful for the break!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Can you tell I'm having a little too much fun learning all these long funny sounding medical terms?
Friday, October 30, 2009
...and that it restores feeling, strength and dexterity to each hand? To the point that someone can sew again, drive again, eat with a fork again?
HOW AMAZING IS THAT?! I got to hear about this firsthand from Dr. Dubernard, whose team performed the world's first successful face, hand and double hand transplants. This type of innovation is what makes medicine incredible. He gave people their lives back, and continues to help make people whole again, and he thinks we should be able to transplant any part of the body in the future. His advice: dream.
Monday, October 26, 2009
"Users joke it's like match.com for breast cancer patients"
"Suddenly I get choices, I have decisions to make, I can decide what I want to do and what's best for me. It's a very empowering feeling," said Valerie Gardner, a user of the site"
"Everything we have ever learned about breast cancer, every advance has come out of clinical trials," she said. "I think that we can very soon see a time when we don't have to worry about dying from breast cancer.""
After this I race off to biochem, developmental biology, learn about the role of a hospitalist at lunch, then 4 hours of Practice of Medicine, learning about cohort studies, psychiatry, and clinical skills on giving information to patients. Then I meet with my advocacy group to discuss how we will incorporate patient safety/quality improvement into the med school curricula, then a townhall meeting to discuss clinical grades, then a study group, then...DINNER!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
"One of the best stories I've ever heard about "spilt milk" and the lessons of making a mess comes from a famous research scientist who made several very important medical breakthroughs. A newspaper reporter once asked him why he thought he was able to be so much more creative than the average person. What set him so far apart from others?
He responded that, in his opinion, it all came from an experience with his mother, which occurred when he was about two years old. He had been trying to remove a bottle of milk from the refrigerator, when he lost his grip on the slippery bottle and it fell, spilling its contents all over the kitchen floor--a veritable sea of milk! (Thankfully, no glass shattered, but the milk kept flowing out like a river.)
When his mother came into the kitchen, instead of yelling at him, giving him a lecture, or punishing him, she said, "Robert, what a great and wonderful mess you have made! I have rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage has already been done. Would you like to get down and play in the milk for a few minutes before we clean it up?"
Indeed, he did. After a few minutes his mother said, "You know, Robert, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up, and restore everything to its proper order. So, how would you like to do that? We could use a sponge, a towel or a mop. What do you prefer?" He chose the sponge and together they cleaned up the spilled milk.
His mother then said, "You know what we have here is a failed experiment in how to effectively carry a big milk bottle with two tiny hands. Let's go out in the back yard and fill the bottle with water and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it." The little boy learned that if he grasped the bottle at the top near the lip with both hands, he could carry it without dropping it. What a wonderful lesson!
This renowned scientist then remarked that it was at that moment he knew he didn't need to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead he learned that mistakes were just opportunities for learning something new, which is, after all, what scientific experiments are all about. They are simply that--just experiments to see what happens. Even if the experiment "doesn't work," we usually learn something valuable from it."
I watched the movie American East last night. It was about a Muslim-American family living in Los Angeles post 9/11. The main character was a widowed father struggling to make ends meet holding down multiple businesses, restaurant owner, taxi-cab owner, hair-salon owner. This movie had a bittersweet ending, and definitely makes you think about many different issues from a different perspective. In all, I really enjoyed it.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Seriously, thank your body, it's amazing. Don't mess it up. Treat it well.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
What Moved Me: As I was running from the Student Lounge to CCSR, I saw a big, stunningly beautiful bluebird land and perch on a bike rack. I stopped running, admired, smiled, and had to run a little faster the rest of the way to be on time to my meeting.
What Motivated Me: I had an optional Anatomy midterm today, British Style, meaning that you have 15 minutes with a TA or professor and they quiz you. I had the pleasure of being quizzed by one of our professors, Dr. Whitmore, and did well, a "comfortable pass" as he declared, and I'm now happy with my study habits and motivated to learn more anatomy!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Every mentor, role model, successful person that I've talked with, or read about, has said that their paths have been full of surprises, spontaneity, unexpected turns of events. Well that sure doesn't help me! How am I supposed to plan a scholarly concentration around that? Or figure out what to spend next summer doing? Or decide which PoM project to work on? Bah humug!
But then, time and time again, it is SO TRUE. It's always the unexpected turn of events, the one thing you never would have even thought of. Me work at UCSF after graduating college? Never predicted. Me end up at Stanford? I would have just laughed at you. Me throw the javelin? Now that is just plain absurd.
But I would argue that it's not all chalked up to spontaneity or serendipity. You have to WORK HARD to put yourself in a position where things seem to magically fall into place. It's really about pursuing the scent of your goal. I may not know what my end-all goal is (except that its going to be BIG!), but I've got to use all of my senses all the time to smell it, and then follow that scent like a mad-dog. Just saying, "hmm that's interesting and forgetting about it" is not going to cut it.
So the next time I'm freaking out, you can settle me down by asking what scents I've been liking lately, and what I've been doing to follow them. I would really appreciate being brought back to earth. :)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
When we deal with grief or a loss, a lot of people tend to intellectualize it, devalue the loss, be in denial or ignore the loss, we get angry, we blame people, we rationalize it, we spiritualize it.
A lot of times we try to be helpful when someone else experiences a loss by saying things like "it's going to be okay", or asking if there's anything we can do, or giving advice, or filling up air space by talking. But really, most people probably just want a show of compassion, a hug, and someone to really listen to them.
This class is a really nice change of pace from my other classes (Quick what are the symptoms associated with 45, x? Trisomy 21? What are the steps of fertilization? Which one is the ulnar nerve again?!), and helps me think about some of the issues I'll be dealing with regularly. As it was put tonight, this class is prophylaxis against the transition from the precynical years to the cynical years...I also love my small group, a lot.
Here is the quote we were presented with at the start of our session: "The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes" -Marcel Proust
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- When I eat, I now think of the TAC cycle, ETC, and fatty acid synthesis. Fatty acid synthesis is bad news.
- When I run, I think about oxygen, hypoxia, and all my muscles of respiration
- When I type, I see my extensor carpis and extensor digitorums moving on the back of my hand.
- I now check people to see if they have a palmaris longus, and wonder which people I know have a 3-lobed left lung
- When I cook, I look for the nerves and blood supply in the chicken or meat
- When I bowl, I complain that my interossei and lumbricals are sore
- When I sleep...oh wait, I don't really sleep.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Practice of Medicine
Costs, Benefits, and Risks of Health Care
It's a jam-packed schedule, but I'm excited about all my classes. There are also several lunch time seminars I'll be sitting in on, including Intro to Surgery, Intro to Internal Medicine, and Intro to Emergency Medicine.
Also, another ANATOMY UPDATE:
You can now quiz me on the thorax and upper limb. So basically the hand, arm, shoulder, heart, rib cage and lung. I know how to test if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, whether your dislocated shoulder caused nerve damage, and make sure you have a corotid pulse.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I also realized that it's not so much that I don't like running in the morning, it was pleasant today. I just HATE getting out of bed in the morning. There is nothing more satisfying then hitting the snooze alarm 10 times to me. This too can change, and today I only hit it twice and was out the door by 7:30. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I will only do well in medical school if I run regularly, thus my entry into the world as a newly minted AM runner.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here at Stanford, all 1st and 2nd year medical students are being enlisted to vaccinate the entire Stanford community, all 30,000 or so that want the vaccine. I will let you know how it goes once we get started.
I also learned of the 3 key signs of influenza-like-illness (ILI): people must have a fever, and they must have either a cough OR a sore throat. If you're worried about catching the flu this year, stay away from people that cough (within 6 feet of them and you'll probably get the virus), and wash your hands regularly. Most importantly, don't touch your face! The best resource if you're concerned is the Center for Disease Control's website. They have weekly updates and more than enough information.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
- Draw blood
- Give a PPD (TB shot)
- Give a shot into the muscle (IM injection)
- Measure blood pressure
- Measure glucose levels
I feel so doctorly after learning all of these, I love it! I practiced on my fellow med students, and in turn they practiced on me. It wasn't too bad at all, besides the fact that getting an injection of sterile water into the skin really stings. Please don't ever do it.
Limited time offer: Free blood pressure screenings for life to the first person to buy me my very own sphygmomanometer.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Dr. Brown on why it's bogus that so many of our cell culture studies are done in serum, which is cells taken from clotted blood, and is chosen so exactly because it is basically the universal signal for cell growth, and is something that normal cells almost never see.
Monday, September 14, 2009
"You now know more about molecular biology of disease than all the physicians you will work with"
Subsequently he encouraged us to take the lead in asking the difficult questions that link clinical presentation of disease to its molecular mechanism and cause.
Kind of awesome. Good thing I'm studying hard!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Dish owns me. It is a tough run, but I feel like each week I run it, I'm tackling it a bit more than it is tackling me. I thought it could be entertaining to share some of the thoughts that crossed my mind during my run this morning...
While conquering the Never Ending Hill:
"Kill kill kill the hill. Shoot, I think my chest is tight, maybe I have hypertrophy of my left ventricle. It would really suck to have a heart attack right now. Better be safe and walk. The nurse checked my heart the other day but I don't trust her. How can I weasel my way into an ECG? Maybe some cardiovascular studies need healthy volunteers. Need to check into that. Oh stop being a wimp and just run.
While coasting on the Glorious Downhill:
OMG is that a hawk? Nope, just a rock. Wow, I'm seeing things. I hope I don't have a retinoblastoma. Nah I don't. Downhill is my favorite, I love running, I feel so free. Oh shoot, there's the steep hill. Why am I doing this again? At 8:30 in the morning? What is wrong with me? Whatever, I can do short hills, just nail it.
While climbing the MoJo Hill:
Get your mojo. Go mojo go mojo go. Almost there, last hill. I love the last hill. I'm owning this. BOOYAH.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Left subclavian vein
Right internal jugular vein
Left common corotid
Great cardiac vein
It's like learning a new language! I love anatomy.
"You can be the people with the inspiring vision, the credible vision, the moral authority. You can use your gifts to see that the shame of child poverty will not have the last word. This is my challenge to you"
In the last 21 years, Asha has been successful in creating a sustainable model that is not expensive, but gets results. They train community health workers (selected by those in the slum community) to do the majority of the medical work, health prevention, promotion, mid-wifery roles. They connect the communities to excellent referral systems to meet with medical specialists when needed, and focus efforts on education folks to take an active role in getting clean water, electricity, housing rights, sanitation for their community.
You can learn more about ASHA here.
Monday, September 7, 2009
For those who have never seen or heard of a pluot before, it's a cross between a plum and an apricot and is really tasty!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So as I was sitting in class, I realized that if our cells evolved to be changeable and malleable, it reasonably follows that this could be very helpful too humans too. If you were to clone me, and put the two me's in two very different environments, families, ways of living, you would probably get two very different me's. In terms of my goals, values, beliefs, I would bet they would turn out to be much different depending on which "niche" I was put in.
Just like a blood stem cell differentiates into certain types of cells depending on which part of the bone marrow neighborhood its in, I think by and large we are who we are because of our local neighborhood, our families, communities and where we grow up.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Written by Edmund Beecher Wilson in 1911. He was the first person to recognize and understand that tumor cells have abnormal chromosome divisions by looking at cells under a light microscope. He's really the founder of cellular biology, and we still use his concepts and basic findings ALL the time today. How cool is that? I think this book would be a nice addition to my small but loved collection of old books, including a recent find at the Mt. Zion Medical Library earlier this spring (a copy of William James' seminal work in psychology, "Principes of Psychology").
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Things I learned about the heart:
- It's big! At least in most people, its bigger than my hands folded together. One cadaver had a super tiny heart
- It can have things in it! Our cadaver had a pacemaker going through the superior vena cava
- Everything that surrounds it (muscle, pericardium) is very strong
I also ran intervals today: 800, 400, and 3 200's. It's a start. I will not divulge my times because they are embarrassing. But on the bright side, the Stanford track is beautiful!
PS. Follow me! I added a "Followers" gadget to the bottom right hand of the screen.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Update: For those too lazy to click on the link, here's my few sentences of fame:
“It’s a wonderful gift to receive as we’re starting out,” said Julia Pederson, 24, one of the new students who immediately took her stethoscope out of its box to listen to the heart of her 10-year-old sister, Abbey, sitting next to her at the dinner table.
A Harvard biology major, Pederson has spent the past two years working at the UC-San Francisco Breast Care Center helping to facilitate decision-making between breast cancer patients and their physicians. That work set her on the course to becoming a doctor.
“A lot of times I was working with patients when they were first diagnosed with cancer. It’s a time when people are so vulnerable,” Pederson said. “Making them feel like they are getting the best care they can helps with that fear and vulnerability. Being that first line of support is an awesome thing.”
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
...Sure I cut off part of the lung that I wasn't supposed to, nicked the outside lining of the heart, and had to re-saw through the bone because I didn't cut it all the first time, and keep calling the internal thoracic artery the internal thoracic nerve, but that's the fun part, and now I know better. I am so thankful for this unique and slightly nauseating experience. The 3-hours in anatomy lab fly by, much faster than any of my other classes (though I'm enjoying them too).
Given my kindergarten-like cutting skills, and lack of knowledge of anatomy, I am even more impressed at the surgical skills of some physicians. How some doctors can do a heart bypass by integrating the internal thoracic artery into the heart is beyond me. Infathomable. Beyond belief. But I will get there. One day.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Now I come home, hungry and dazed, with a plate full of studying ahead of me. Oh and preparing a journal club presentation for tomorrow (another day of 9am to 5pm straight class, followed by as much studying as I can handle in the evening).
It's a lot. I'm doing the best I can to review each day's material and prepare for the next, but I can already tell that it will become overwhelming fast, and this is mostly review material for me!
I'm going to do the best I can, and hopefully just hang on. Most importantly, I think running every day after class will really allow me to relax and clear my mind before another night chalk full of studying. Anyone with tips for remembering the development stages of erythropoeisis, please send them along!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Here is an excerpt of the Stanford Affirmation:
"On my admission to the Practice of Medicine I pledge to devote my life to the service of humanity. The care of my patients will be my first consideration.....I will hold all life dear, and let knowledge, wisdom, courage and compassion guide my therapy. I will use my medical knowledge to promote human rights, social justice, and civil liberties...."
It was a wonderful evening and I'm so happy my family was able to be there. As I dive into my first preclinical year, full of molecular biology, genetics, and basic science courses, I hope to remember why I'm here, all the women and families I worked with at the BCC, and hope to begin to personify the quote Dr. Probe gave at the end of the night...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In other news, I FINALLY went for a run today. It was tough, not because I was going fast, but because I'm so out of shape. I am definitely going to run every day during med school, I think it's the only way I'll get fresh air.
PS. After vigorous hand washing and a long shower, I still smell like the anatomy lab.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"To be a good physician is to walk in your patient's shoes as best you can" -AV
"It means you haven't yet transitioned from your precynical years to the cynical years" -AV
"Don't be afraid to look stupid now, it's bad to be stupid later" -Gill Chu
Regarding the Health and Human Disease course: "You gotta be encyclopedic about medicine"
Tomorrow is officially my first day of medical school. I have a full schedule starting off with Molecular Foundations of Medicine, moving on to Cells to Tissue, and then finishing off the day in anatomy lab. I will do my best to follow Gill Chu's 3 pieces of advice:
1. Your first obligation is to yourself
2. Your second obligation is to your patients
3. Ask for help and get in the habit of asking for help because you never want to wing it on the wards.
Wish me luck!
The difference is that this time, I'm focused, and my theme is to stay focused. Professionally, I am starting to visualize the path through the forest of how I would like to spend my time here at Stanford. My primary goal is to become the best clinician I can be (duh). My secondary goal is to set myself up with the skills and knowledge to become an effective and innovative leader who can help make health care dramatically more patient-centered, safe, and efficient.
Here's the sketch of my plan:
The next 2 years: Work really hard to do my best during the pre-clinical years. Take many surgery electives, shadow many doctors, and look out for really innovative and inspiring physicians who could potentially be mentors, teachers, and advisers. Try to get involved in some kind of project by next summer that has a clinical focus, and work on a project the summer after that has a healthcare delivery focus. And can't forget the biggie: definitely rock Step 1 of the Boards.
3rd year: Go to the Business School to try to understand organizational behavior, ways to implement systems-based change, learn from other industries how we can make healthcare safer and perform at higher levels. Recruit all the b-school kids into health care reform and innovation.
4th and 5th years: Complete my clinical years, figure out exactly what type of medicine I find most fulfilling and want to practice. Work hard to hone my clinical judgement skills, work hard to make sure the folks I care for receive the best care for them. Actually be able to answer some of my family's medical questions.
This outline is really growing on me, and I see how I can make it work. We also had an Amazing Race all over campus, watched a really thought-provoking documentary called "Hold Your Breath" and then had a great dinner at Bucca de Bepo in downtown PA....I can't wait to see what our 3rd and final day of orientation will bring!
1. 20 minute prep: Before the first day of every class, do a 20 minute review of the class. Review the syllabus, books, etc, determine what you will use and how you will study.
2. 20 minute closure: After the completion of the last day of any class you take, set a timer for 20 minutes and annotate your First Aid Review book.
3. Use the 2nd years: Ask 3-4 second years how to approach the class before you start it to get the inside scoop on study strategies and level of difficulty.
4. Q&A Blitzing: Each week, write 8-10 questions you think will be on the test. Meet once a week with a group of unlike-minded peers and blitz each other.
This advice was actually handed out yesterday afternoon, by learning specialist Sue Willows. It was too good not too pass on. I will do my best to follow it!
Monday, August 24, 2009
1. "Bring the glow back"
2. "Become a champion"
3. "Make the U.S. number one"
1. In reference to his urge to preserve the moral high ground of physicians in the face of good clinical care and compassion competing with financial gain.
2. Ie. find your passion and pursue a path of medicine you really care about and want to improve
3. Improve health outcomes so that the U.S. is number one in more metrics of health care besides administrative expenditures (currently the only thing we are number one in).
Next came Dean Prober who gave a Top 10 list of reasons why we made the right choice to attend Stanford. My favorites included #10 (Geography) and #1 (Your Classmates). My 85 classmates (whose names I'm trying hard to learn!) are pretty cool folks, 20 countries are represented, 8 have PhDs, 12 have Masters degrees, 8 other were varsity athletes in college, and besides the stats, everyone I have met so far has been very genuine, interesting, and engaging. I think Dean Prober nailed it.
I feel so honored to be apart of this community and anticipate that medical school will change me in more ways than I can possibly understand at this moment. As I went to bed last night, I was thinking about quotations that encapsulated how I want to approach my education, here are a few that came across my mind:
"We are what we repeatedly do"
"Learn from others, learn from your mistakes, keep moving forward"
"Always do what you are afraid to do"
And, of course, my biggest focus: "Become the best damn doctor I can possibly be".
PS. What do you think of my new look?! :)
I can't believe this day is already here. So much has happened in the past month since I finished my job at UCSF. I had a great week in Chicago, regrouped in Southern California, successfully moved in to my own place, and went on a 3-day hiking trip with other new medical students. The hike (SWEAT trip) was beautiful, we were in the Stanislaus National Forest, north of Yosemite and camped at a gorgeous lake (which I swam in!) for 2 nights. I really loved all the other folks on the trip and look forward to getting to know them better over the course of the year. Abbey and my Dad, and now my Mom too, have been helping me move in and get situated, which has been really helpful. I just need to get my internet installed and I'll be really set.
So, short story, I start orientation tomorrow and I'm stoked! And for a taste, here are two photos I took on the SWEAT trip:
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
From Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, the book I'm currently reading.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Menlo Park has a great history, rich in Irish heritage. It was founded by two Irish settlers in the 1850s. The word "Menlo" comes from their town Menlough, from County Galway, Ireland. County Galway is just south of County Mayo, where my relatives immigrated from. So you know I'm living in a good neigborhood, stepped in Western Ireland tradition. ( I heart wikipedia for making all of this information easily available!)
The weather is always beautiful, lots of hiking, a great golf course and I will definitely have room for visitors, so start planning your trip!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday was my last day working at the UCSF Breast Care Center. It has been an amazing two years. I helped launch a national nonprofit website, BreastCancerTrials.org. I supported 68 women through difficult appointments and treatment decisions. And most of all, I learned so much from the amazing physicians, clinic staff, and all of my colleagues. These folks in the picture above have become some of my closest and dearest friends and are going to do amazing work in the field of health care and medicine. No doubt about it. The photos below are of me with my lovable supervisor and the BCT queen, Elly Cohen, at the AVON walk and me with my mentor and role model, Laura Esserman, the woman who makes this all happen... I have no doubt that the BCC has left a lasting impression on me and I look forward to doing the best I can at Stanford with such enjoyable and meaningful work under my belt. I may be leaving for medical school, but the BCC will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
When organs invaded by cancer can be regrown/replaced with new organs.
How cool will that be?
I just watched a TED talk by Alan Russell that completely inspired me and made me see the potential for regenerative medicine. He asks, "if newts can regrow their limbs, why can't we?". He also showed powerful examples of how we already use regenerative medicine today.
The best thing about this is that Stanford is building the largest Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center in the NATION and is doing their best to recruit the top-notch scientists from around the world to be part of the team. HOW COOL IS THIS?
We can't regrow limbs, replace cancerous organs, or completely repair heart damage
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thanks to Andrea, I now have a bluetooth headset! This is so great! It means I no longer have to think up contraptions for holding my iphone while driving! This combined with the voice activation feature of the iphone 3GS is just ridiculously cool.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I'm still a little in shock, what good news! Go Stanford!
And a fitting quote...
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Then, I decided to take advantage of the "Get in Free on your Birthday" deal offered by Disneyland...
With my 81-year old Grandpa. Yah that's us standing in line for Splash Mountain.
And we rode Space Mountain and the Matterhorn too (and many more!).
And then more family came and celebrated on Saturday.
I'm officially spoiled. Thank you to all!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Most Traditional: Kevin won the award for most traditional pizza, hereby called the "Kevin" pizza.
Most Unique Combination of Ingredients: Meghan won this award with her brilliant combination of apple, celery, and brown sugar toppings.
Most Creative: Hannibal and Jay won the Creativity award for their stuffed crust!
Troopers of the Night: Melissa and Audrey won the Trooper award for helping set up, slice and dice, and still making delicious pizzas!
Trailblazers: Amy, Eugene and Rajiv won the TrailBlazers award, for making the first pizza of the night!
Most Perserverence: Abi and Jay won the Perserverence Award. For making these two delicious pizzas even though they were already both stuffed!
Best Secret Ingredients: Yiwey won the award for best secret ingredients. He made a Hawaiian pizza with Spam and Pineapple!Thank you so much for everyone who came and were such good sports and fantastic chefs! I had so much fun and I hope you all did too.