This learning curve feels more like an icy cliff

“Okay Mr. X, little poke… “ Ouch! “Nearly there…” [Mr. X is beginning to not-so-subtly pull his hand away from me] “Shoot.  Okay…just a few more minutes….” The...

Excuse us, our brains (and bellies) are full

Happy belated Thanksgiving all!  Hopefully your weekends were filled with enough fat and sugar-filled calories to cast a soporific spell over any stress or fatigue that may have plagued you last...

Cheers!

How do you define “healthy?” Good cholesterol and low blood pressure levels? No family history of cancer? Balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep? Sure. But what about less...

Differentiation by Dahl

As a kid, and occasionally as an adult, Roald Dahl’s books have been a staple of my literary diet.  Matilda, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…the list...

Insert your experience here.

For me, as for centuries of doctors before me, my journey through these crossroads began when I first took a blade in my hand and cut a line across a dead woman’s skin. ~ Dr. Christine Montross,...

Please Remember to Chew

“Es un proceso.” I received this reminder from one of my new Costa Rican friends yesterday about the experience of learning a language and the patience it requires. He is from Samara, my...

Monkeys and Medical School

Saludos desde Costa Rica! Like many of my rising MS2 classmates, I have flown the Portland coop for the summer and am using the time to breathe a little non-hill air.  I have landed in the...

Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms…

Do you remember that song that kids sang on the playground, “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms…?”  We used to sing this song because a) singing about worms was the...