Clarity of purpose

As with many others in medicine, my life's guiding force has always been the clarity of my professional ambitions. I've adopted the message from Dr. David Sugarbaker's presidential address to the American Association for Thoracic Surgery that clarity of purpose and focused attention represent the essence of excellence. Dr. Michael DeBakey is famous for saying … Continue reading Clarity of purpose

“Hardened softness” and compassionate empathy in healthcare

This piece originally appeared in the Baylor College of Medicine medical student blog, Progress Notes, on December 23, 2019. *** On my neurology rotation, I had the privilege of taking part in the care of a patient who I personally never met, although I really wish I could have. That morning, I walked into the ICU … Continue reading “Hardened softness” and compassionate empathy in healthcare

My first prescription as a student doctor: Self care

This piece originally appeared in the Baylor College of Medicine medical student blog, Progress Notes, on June 19, 2018. I vividly recall my first preceptorship experience at a community health clinic and my second patient, Ms. H. At the start of our conversation, to my surprise, she did not hesitate in sharing with me her … Continue reading My first prescription as a student doctor: Self care

Quick & Easy Tips for Healthy Meals in Med School

My meal prep in med school is far from time-intensive or complicated, but I have managed to concoct a few quick recipes and find several go-tos that taste pretty good. It's difficult to invest a lot of energy in eating right, but a well-balanced diet is crucial to having enough energy throughout the day. It's … Continue reading Quick & Easy Tips for Healthy Meals in Med School

Caring for others as a medical student

When asked to list some risk factors of all-too-common chronic illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, we tend to offer answers such as an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, or alcohol. Rarely do we suggest that our personal relationships determine the course of our health, yet I'm learning that this, more often than … Continue reading Caring for others as a medical student

“Selection,” or transplant review board

I've been able to sit in transplant review board (BCM), or selection (Cedars), several times at two academic institutions over the past year. This session occurs weekly in a conference room setting. For approximately one hour, various providers come together to discuss the ongoing management of live and mechanical transplant candidates and recipients. Generally, a … Continue reading “Selection,” or transplant review board

Christian undertones in Wonder Woman

The new Wonder Woman movie was moving in many ways, particularly for me as a female viewer.  Not only is it rare for a strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman to play the protagonist's role, but it is also relevant that she inspires change through her actions and beliefs and remains humble despite her conquests. It … Continue reading Christian undertones in Wonder Woman

The Gift of Confirmation

Baptism and Confirmation are two sacraments categorized within the “initiation” stage of our lifelong process of receiving God’s grace.  Baptism endows citizenship to Heaven while Confirmation calls us to live and bear witness to the Christian life.  In hindsight, I recognize how my heart was turned back in the fall of 2016 to receive the … Continue reading The Gift of Confirmation