Thursday, September 30, 2010


Medical school is really awesome this year. We focus on one organ system at a time, and have complete immersion: 3 hours of lecture per day, clinical reasoning sessions once a week, brush up on the related physical exam skills, and then we have practicum where we interview real patients and practice our history, physical exam, clinical reasoning and presentation skills. I absolutely love it! TAing anatomy has been really awesome too, I enjoy teaching, I enjoy dissecting, and enjoy relearning the body. It's such an honor to have all of these opportunities, I'm so grateful for all the physicians who put in so much time to teach me, the patients (alive and deceased) that are altruistic and allow me into their world. Medical school is humbling, but its also very rewarding, the more I study, the more I see my clinical skills grow and expand, that's very personally gratifying, so studying doesn't seem too bad, I actually enjoy studying for the most part this year. Still have to work on getting to bed early...I don't think it will ever happen!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PPACA -Health Care Reform

Did you know that the new health care reform doesn't have limits on insurance premium prices? The reform may be better than nothing, but it is seriously lacking...

No Diet Coke for me

I haven't had diet coke since sometime in earlier August! I decided to stop drinking diet coke after reading about the shaky FDA evaluation of aspartame, and after my own realization that I think it's very addictive. I was drinking 4-5 diet cokes a day, sometimes much more. Since going cold turkey, it hasn't been much of a problem. I drink a lot more tea and water, I focus on getting more sleep, and occasionally I'll have a regular coke when I'm at a gathering etc. It hasn't been too bad. I was so trained to pop a diet coke when I began studying, the hardest part was getting out of the routine. No more diet coke for me!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monterrey Mushrooms

On Sunday I went to Monterrey Mushrooms, the largest mushroom company in the world, and helped vaccinate their workers. We got a wonderful tour of the farm and free mushrooms to boot!

I ran a 10k

Last Friday night, the Palo Alto Weekly held the annual Moonlight Run around the Baylands Preserve. What fun! It was my first time running a 10k, under a clear sky, beautiful moon and on a nice trail. I averaged under 8 minute pace for the run, so I was happy! A bunch of friends from med school also ran, and Abs finished her first ever 5k, such a blast!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blogging bug

I've got to catch the blogging bug again...

Something that moved me: Seeing a beautiful stellar jay flying low with the view of Bay behind it...On my Dish run this morning

Something that inspired me: Abs running a sub 8:30 mile around Lake Lagunita. Go Abs!

Something that surprised me:  A delicious home-cooked Indian dinner with lentils, zucchini, squash, and eggplant...YUM.

Something exhilarating: Running a sub-7:30 mile on the last mile of my 6 mile run.