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
In college, several of my friends would ask me why I am a Christian, and my answer has always been that I believe in God’s love and mercy for humanity and that I desire to spread this good news through my actions and in how I treat other people. His unconditional love cannot be fully … Continue reading Penance
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
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
Battling insomnia, I have decided to write my first post this semester on a humbling topic around this time of year: gratitude, and why it should be at the core of everything we do. Interpersonal communication is a means of showing gratitude. Too many times this semester, my in-person greetings have been disregarded in … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
I have a lot of catching-up to do with blogging, but I do want to write a few words of inspiration that capture a 4-hour conversation I had with a 21-year old aspiring U.S. Army Ranger on the plane home to L.A. for winter break. He was coming home for Christmas before returning to "Ranger school" in Atlanta … Continue reading Musings of a Plane Ride
The featured image is a photo of me by the Charles River. To be more specific, it's a section of the Charles right by Harvard's boathouse, a spot two miles into the course of the Head of the Charles Regatta. "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough." So I have this … Continue reading Dreams and the Charles River in Boston
I woke up this morning as I would any day for crew practice. In fact, I was able to sleep in 30 minutes later (yay)! Today was the date of our departure to Honduras. Earlier this semester, I applied to a student-led medical brigade trip to Honduras. Global Brigades is sponsoring our trip and accommodating … Continue reading Honduras: Day 1
"Life is not a spectator sport." Happy New Year! It is 2014, and I cannot believe how fast 2013 came and went. I have been home in Los Angeles for a little over two weeks now for winter break, and boy has it been good to be home and de-stress! Finals week was tough, but … Continue reading “Life is not a …
After my Chancellor's Scholarship interview at the University of Pittsburgh (this interview took place right after my two interviews at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for its 8-year BA/MD program), the dean of the Honors College presented a book to me titled "Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation." This book had … Continue reading Organ Donation: Would you consider it?