“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

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The Importance of Mentorship in Surgery

I am so honored to have my perspective on mentorship in surgery featured through Women in Thoracic Surgery!  Please check it out here: http://wtsnet.org/wts-medical-student-perspective/.  You should also read about the experiences of two other medical students as they journey into the field (much further along than I!). I dedicate this writing to my mentors.  Thank you … Continue reading The Importance of Mentorship in Surgery

“Everyone” in France is now an organ donor

Beginning in 2017, France has converted its organ donor registry to an opt-out system. But you are still permitted to refuse donation (according to The Guardian there are currently 150,000 people signed up for the "refusal register"). The implications of this policy change are huge! Surgeons almost always cite the organ shortage crisis as the principal … Continue reading “Everyone” in France is now an organ donor

High risk, high reward in surgery

When rounding with my two teams at the beginning of each day, I am grateful to have opportunities to visit patients and their families, and sometimes even to engage in brief conversations.  After all, everything is about them, and without these individuals, there would be no purpose to our clinical and academic endeavors.  The euphoria I feel … Continue reading High risk, high reward in surgery

DeBakey Program Pre-Orientation: The Role of Preparation in Leadership

An executive, my dad has always coached me on the significance of having an elevator pitch at hand for one-on-one “VIP opportunities.”  Recently, I had one of these moments as I was leaving my research lab at BCM, when I ran into a surgical division chief on the elevator.  Frankly, I was a little too … Continue reading DeBakey Program Pre-Orientation: The Role of Preparation in Leadership