About

I’m one of about a million med students in New York City.  Which means I spend a great deal of time in the library, wishing I were in Central Park.

I’m no longer a medical student! I promise, I’m a real doctor! After a lot of hem-ing and haw-ing in medical school, and a detour to get a second degree, I decided to become a neurologist, my very first love. I finished residency in 2016 and am currently doing a fellowship in movement disorders at a big institution in the Northeast, while trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my life once the training wheels come off.

In the spirit of “getting-to-know-me” ness, here’s 10 Random Questions, found on the Intarwebs. [Updated 2017 answers in green]

1. Art or science museum?
Usually art.  I get enough science in school, and the Met’s free suggested donation.

Well, so nowadays I’m lucky enough to live walking distance from both an art museum AND a science museum, along with an observatory (which, it’s a city; we can mostly see the moon).  I’m starting to come around to appreciating what a science museum has to offer in terms of telling the story of science. So…. can I choose both? Is that cheating?

2. Play or watch sports?
Watch.

And I’ll probably change the channel over to Masterpiece Theatre if you give me half a chance.

3. Zoo or circus?
Safari!  Or at the very least, a National Park.

Still the same!

4. Theater: film or live on stage?
Are you kidding?  Live, of course.

Yup!

5. Rock concert or the symphony?
Erm.  Symphony, but only because I spent 8 years screeching on the violin.

I’ve gotten bored with classical music, but I hate the loudness of rock concerts. My ideal summer evening is sitting on the grass at sunset, drinking rosé to the tunes of a Beatles Cover Band.

6. Movies: see them in a theater or wait for DVD/VHS?
Well, given the price of movie tickets these days, DVD.  And do they even make VHS anymore?

Uh, Netflix?

7. Board games or computer/video games?
Computer games!  Especially the old-school games from my childhood.  Monkey Island, anyone?

Online computer games, still preference for the early Windows era (Monkey Island, Kings Quest, Lara Bow, and the Holy Grail)

8. Hobbies: crafts (art, cooking, home repair, etc) or collecting (coins, stamps, rocks, etc)?
Crafts.  Especially cooking and knitting.

Still more crafty than collecty

9. Watch TV or read a book?
Read a book.  (Have you met me?  Oh, that’s right, you haven’t.)

So my residency graduation gift to myself was a subscription to Powell’s Indiespensables. Nuff said.

10. Eating out: fancy, white-tablecloth restaurant or casual dining?
Casual, but mainly because I’m cheap thrifty.  Perpetual studenthood will do that to ya.

Yes, casual. I get nervous in white tablecloth places.

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17 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while and for a while earlier this year it said that the blog had become private and I wasn’t able to access it. I just discovered that I can now read and wanted to ask you where or what I need to do in order to subscribe to your blog on wordpress.

    Thanks!

    Stephanie

      1. Yup,

        I’m able to see it and it’s back on my RSS again. Thanks so much for opening it back up again! Your blog really is great and makes me excited to apply to med school!

  2. Have to say that me finding your blog was such good luck for me. I am starting-as much people would say- my medical road. Im just a premed but i love reading about others people roads on med school. Its really insightful.

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  4. Hi! My name is Sarah. I’ve been working on an article about recognizing the signs of prescription drug abuse and was wondering if you’d be interested in featuring it on your website. Let me know what you think. Hope to hear from you soon!

    -Sarah

  5. May I send you a digital copy of my novel, Reluctant Intern, to read and possibly review on your blog?

    Description:

    Addison Wolfe never wanted to be a physician. He wants to be an astronaut. NASA turned down his application, forcing him to seek employment as a doctor. The problem with obtaining a physician’s license is the need to complete an internship to acquire one. Wolfe finds himself in an undesirable rotating internship in a very busy public hospital. Inexplicably, the Director of Medical Education seems to have developed an instantaneous dislike of him and the remainder of the internship class. Another mystery is why an attractive female physician expresses a romantic interest in him on the first day of internship.

    “The absolute worst time to go to a teaching hospital as a patient is the month of July. Recent medical school graduates, known as doctors, start their real training on July first. They don’t know anything. They don’t get any sleep. They are underpaid and overworked. Their stress is at catastrophic levels. Is it any wonder they make mistakes?” – Anonymous

    “In local news today,” the reporter said, “state and federal authorities are in the process of taking into custody the entire intern class at University Hospital in Jacksonville. Officials cited the number of deaths attributed to this class as the reason. It seems that wrong doses of medications, inappropriate surgeries, failure to diagnose lethal conditions, and other mistakes have led to hundreds of deaths….”

    “The overdose?” Wolfe asked.
    “Yes,” Dr. Rubel replied, “that will be her legal cause of death, of course. The real cause of death was the autopsy. Barbiturate overdose, followed by refrigeration outside and then here in pathology, slowed her metabolism down. She was actually alive when they started the autopsy. The flexing of her limbs when the saw touched her brain happened because of nerve conduction, brain to extremities. But it was too late; we cannot put her back together. A hard lesson for those poor boys to learn. You, too, gentlemen. It is also true for those who are clinically dead from exposure or drowning. Remember this: a patient is never dead until he is warm and dead. Don’t forget that!”

    The senior resident started his description, “EMS responded to a report of a cardiac arrest at 1:07 a.m. in Junior’s Topless Bar, on East Bay Street….”
    Figueroa again jumped to his feet. “What is this, a bad joke?” he asked. “Two EMTs walk into a bar…. Let’s be reasonable, guys. The most likely reason for needing a paramedic in a bar at 1 a.m. is a knifing or a gun shot wound, not a heart attack.”
    The autopsy and x-rays were condemning. The thirty-nine year old, black male had no history of heart disease. No medical history of any kind. He did have a bullet entrance wound to the back of his head with no exit, bullet still in his brain.

    The patient was a massively obese woman who complained of a headache. The intern knew only that she was complaining of a headache and had requested aspirin. Extremely busy, and assuming the nurse would let him know if it were not a good idea to give the patient aspirin, he quickly flipped to the order page and signed the order that had been written by the nurse. Figueroa asked the intern if he had talked with the patient. No. Had he examined the patient? No. Had he even skimmed the chart? He had not. He asked if he knew what allergies the patient had. The intern did not know. At the time he approved the order for aspirin, did he realize the patient was on warfarin, another clotting inhibitor? No. Did he know that aspirin also inhibited platelets and clot formation? Yes. Did he know the patient had a history of blood clots? No. Did he suppose that a blood clot in someone’s brain, or a ruptured berry aneurysm in the same area might cause headaches? Yes, he knew that. The autopsy pictures revealed stenosed carotid arteries, two small clots in the patient’s brain, and massive bleeding from a ruptured berry aneurysm.

    1. Hi Dr. Yancey,

      Sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve got my hands full at the moment between residency and my personal life, but I’d encourage you to contact The Intima, a digital journal focusing on health care narratives. They’ve done book reviews in the past on patient-driven narratives, and I’m sure they would be interested in hearing from the physician’s POV as well.

      — The Scrivener

  6. Hi! I’ve started blogging at mindfulofmedicine.wordpress.com and stumbled on your blog from other med blog links. I really like what you’ve done and learned a lot from your posts both as a premed and a med student. Great stuff 🙂

  7. Hello! I am an incoming medical student right about to start MS1 in a few months and I just came across your blog! I found the internship you did in DC with the AAP in the summer between MS1 and MS2 especially fascinating; I myself am extremely interested in health policy and legislation and I was wondering if you would be able to tell me more about that experience and how it may have affected the rest of your medical school career? Nowadays, it seems as if most students spend their summer researching and hoping for a publication but I was hoping that your experience could confirm that that isn’t entirely necessary and that I could explore this program or similar ones out of interest instead. I was also wondering what the program consisted of; from your posts, it seems as if it consisted of attending many congressional meetings and culminating in a poster presentation. Lastly, I was hoping that you could tell me what the admission committee looked for when evaluating your application and how heavily they factored in undergraduate experiences from your resume. I know that it’s been a very long time since you’ve completed the program but I appreciate any feedback you have! Feel free to also e-mail me. Thank you!

    1. P.S., I also attended the March for Science last month in DC! It’s interesting how small our world can actually be sometimes 🙂

    2. Hi Erica,

      You’re right that it’s very hard to find information on programs on health policy, humanities, or really anything other than basic research track. I essentially found it by chance, via the AMA site; however a quick search suggests that program is now closed. It seems like the ACP and other medical societies have their own independent programs rather than going trough a centralized organization like the AMA.

      But you’re right, the internship was mainly attending congressional testimony or visiting staffers. I learned a lot about how Congress thinks, and it was a great experience from both a professional and a citizenship point of view. Would definitely do it again.

      Lastly, welcome to medicine! It’s a great profession, and even on my darkest days, I’d choose no other. Best of luck with your preclinical studies — you’ll be taking care of patients before you know it!

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