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2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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小児科医者の卵 – The Residency Chronicles

August 7, 2012

Question for all the new docs on the block: have you ever had that awkward moment when you meet an attending who introduces him/herself saying “Hi, I’m Dr. So-and-so” and you’re unsure of how to respond? Replying with my title almost seems as ridiculous as it would if a five-year-old introduced himself as “Mr.” Usually I end up introducing myself as “Crys, one of the residents” to peers (accompanied by a giant grin and a little lilt in my voice because I still can’t believe how awesome it is to finally be a resident) and as Dr. B to patients. I certainly don’t want to be one of those people who is so enamored of their M.D. that they can’t resist letting everyone know about it (my mom does that enough for me) Has anyone else had this dilemma?

I don’t know how I could have thought that I’d have more time for writing as a resident than I did as a med student. I did have a post written for July but in the midst of a pretty intense first block and settling into my new city, I never had a chance to publish it (that will soon be remedied). However, I now have an opportunity to introduce the next series of 医者の卵: The Residency Chronicles! Read all about the trials and travails of a pediatric resident – all the awesomeness, all the zaniness and everything in between. Hopefully, I’ll be able to update at least once per block. I hope these humble ramblings are amusing, if not informative and interesting. As always, thanks for reading!

Blood on my Scrubs – EM Elective Week 4

June 27, 2011

(note – this post was originally written on June 4th, 2011)
It was only fitting that my last shift in the SJEH Emergency Department was as hectic as any typical Friday 7 – 7. I had two patients literally sobbing with pain and one who was gushing so much blood that it spilled onto my pants. I had to tell one lady that she’d miscarried and examine three little girls who’d been brought by the police because their mother had tried to commit suicide. There were two attendings on call but only one resident who was new* so I didn’t get a chance to take a lunch break. It was all worth it though, when I overheard one of the attendings tell a consultant, “She can do it. She’s not [a] resident but she’s the brightest one here.”

Over the course of the past 4 weeks, I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever had to in medical school. I performed more pelvic exams than I did during my ob/gyn core. Even though I thought I wasn’t going to be able to practice for CS, the ER was actually a great setting for honing the skills I need to showcase on the exam. For some schools, ER is a core rotation and now I can understand why so many deem it to be an essential part of medical training. I’d definitely recommend it, especially at SJEH.

*The resident was actually a PGY-3 who’d previously done a month of ER during his intern year. When I asked if he needed any help, he declined.

Free eBooks from Kaplan until January 10th

January 7, 2011

Here’s the deal, dear readers – Kaplan is offering select titles *free* for eBook readers like iPad (also works for iPhone & iPod Touch), B&N Nook and Sony eReader until January 10th, 2011. It’s not just USMLE Prep, there’s MCAT Prep Material, Cleveland Clinic Guides, and prep material in a host of other areas (GRE, Nursing, Legal). Find out more here.

Happy Downloading! 😀

Whale $#%! – AICM in Miami

September 15, 2009

Welcome to a new chapter of the chronicle! When I began 医者の卵, I was getting ready not only to embark on a career in medicine, but also on an adventure in another country. For 16 months, I studied the basic medical sciences at the Ross University campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica (again, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic). It was certainly an experience – at times, exciting, at times, frustrating, at times, lonely, and yet, at other times, wonderful. I learned a lot during my time on Dominica and made a lot of friends. Luckily, most of us survived the basic sciences (even if it was by the skin of our teeth!) and, despite enduring some crazy trials and tribulations, we managed to get to 5th semester. The most satisfying part of making it through was knowing that we’d accomplished something. Even though we were technically only halfway through our medical education, we’d survived the worst Dominica had to throw at us and emerged stronger, wiser and better than we were when we arrived. However, at the end of the basic sciences, we knew we were destined to part ways. There are three sites at which Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM)–the transition module designed to bridge the basic and clinical medical sciences–is offered: one site is the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Ross teaching hospital in the capital city of Dominica. One is Synergy Health in Sagniaw, Michigan. The other is where I am now, sunny Miami, in the sizzling south of the sunshine state. (more…)

In Memoriam

June 14, 2009

Pa-paMerlin Bass Jr.

March 17th, 1932 – June 12th, 2009

The Morning After

November 5, 2008

Battered and exhausted after the brutal Mini II exam, I hibernated yesterday. I chuckled with my cousin on the phone for a bit and then, since Dominica is now one hour ahead of the east coast, I decided to turn in early instead of tuning in to CNN and waiting for the votes to come in. The last time I’d done that, the last time I cared so much about an election that I stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning, I’d gone to sleep thinking that the candidate I supported had triumphed, only to discover upon waking that things had gone awry. This time, I’m not going to wait on tenterhooks, I thought. I’m going to go to bed and see how it is when I get up. Plus, I had lab at 8:00 AM so I didn’t want to oversleep and miss it. So instead, I missed a little bit of history.

My anatomy TA was disappointed by the outcome of the election. A staunch conservative, he fears that our president-elect is too liberal. Another friend, who I just discovered is a registered Republican, thinks that with Democrats in power, government spending will run rampant. There was not much jubilation on campus; instead, quiet, personal celebration: Yes We Can! t-shirts, Obama buttons, shared grins. I can’t really understand how anyone could be anything but bursting with joy today.

I’m so used to being a cynic. I’m so used to defending the arrogant, antagonizing actions of my nation to people who consider American pride to be nothing more than brazen, boastful swagger. Over the course of this election, I started to think that maybe there are two Americas, the small-town, heartland, amber waves of grain part and the critical, analytical metropolitan part. But last night, and this morning, we connected. We came together and we did this.

So call me unpatriotic (but you better not to my face, ’cause I’m from Queens, and you know what that means…). This is the first time in my life that I’m proud of something America did.