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

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Halfway remarks

How am I even here as an undergraduate among giants in the field of cardiothoracic surgery?  Nearly halfway through the program at this point, I've scrubbed into over 25 cardiac surgical procedures, some of which have lasted one hour and others 7+ hours.  I partook in the entire process of a heart transplant, from departing to … Continue reading Halfway remarks

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