Meant to be here

When I interviewed at OHSU, the Physician Assistant Program Director repeatedly emphasized how much care is taken during the application process to assemble each incoming class. He spoke about how...

My journey

As a volunteer Referral Coordinator at a local community health clinic, I was reminded daily that one does not need to travel far to find disparities in healthcare. Without the help of the...

Work and Play

I started PA school in July, and it’s hard to believe that we’re over halfway done with our first year. Studying medicine at OHSU has been an incredible opportunity so far–it’s a...

A new school year begins….

 I'm four weeks in to my new life as a graduate student, and the intensity of OHSU's program has already become apparent.  I knew that the PA school would be challenging, but I didn’t fully...

My heart melted

The first day of my pediatric rotation I was scared. I was scared of the little kids, the dry crusty snot under their noses, the crying, the getting peed on during infant well child exams, the trying...

On the change in season

I had doubt I could articulate my thoughts in a manner worth reading, but with the transition to this autumn season I found my reservations about blogging fade. With the days getting short, I don’t...

Don’t drop the baby

I can't believe I am already almost done with my second rotation of my clinical year! It's crazy! My R1 was at a community medicine clinic in Portland and now I am in my women's health rotation in...

My Sword!

I’m now 4 weeks into my first clinical rotation and I’m finding it as exciting, challenging, interesting, stressful, inspiring, and overwhelming as I thought it would be. I am currently at the...

Mind over matter

First, I should tell you that I have a bias towards the mind and where it emerges from- the brain. I mean c’mon! It’s an emergent system filled with an infinite amount of possible connections. A...