What would you have me do?

I wrote this poem with my emotions still raw - something I have not done before. I thought of not sharing but doing so felt selfish. I want to show my journey as it is - even in the raw. What would you have me do? I have reflected on my performance. I have asked … Continue reading What would you have me do?

Let’s Talk Suicide

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the organizations listed nor do I intend to give my opinion on gun control.  I got inspired to share this with you after attending the North Dakota American Academy of Pediatrics Spring Conference. A majority of the discussion was about suicide and firearm injuries in today's youth. … Continue reading Let’s Talk Suicide

Just one, wrong step and it is over.

I wish I was not afraid of failing. The idea wraps itself around me like a pair of tight jeans. But I wear them because I want to them to fit. It is like peering over a cliff to see how far you could fall. Just one, wrong step and it is over. It is … Continue reading Just one, wrong step and it is over.

What can I say about 3rd year?

Since starting my third year of medical school my life has changed A LOT! The biggest change has been my study habits — I no longer spend 4+ hour studying each night. Instead, I have been able to watch tons of movies, spend time with the people I love and sleep-in on the weekends. This may … Continue reading What can I say about 3rd year?

Wow, half-way there!

Yikes, it has been some time since my last post. When medical students say they are busy, they aren't joking. This past year has been a whirlwind. Not only did winter drag on for what seemed like forever, but step one loomed over my head and my extracurricular responsibilities were ever-present. Even so, here I … Continue reading Wow, half-way there!

Challenging Encounters

Patient encounters can be challenging for numerous reasons including but not limited to: Patient Factors Communication styles Personality obstacles Many/unexplained symptoms Emotions Elements of the interaction Physician factors So, with all these potential complications how do physicians communicate effectively and build trustworthy relationships with their patients? Keep reading to find out!  *Disclaimer: This article is … Continue reading Challenging Encounters

M is for…

For those who just started school again and need a little boost, this is for you. If you're anything like me, then you definitely weren't ready for school to start. Or may be you were ready! Then, I suggest coming back to this post when you're lacking some much needed motivation. To start off the … Continue reading M is for…

MS I? Check.

Just over a year ago, I was sitting in Jack Trice Stadium ready to accept my college diploma. Little did I know I’d eventually find myself writing this blog post, after just completing my first year of medical school! It seems unreal that these past 10 months have flown by. At times, I wasn’t even … Continue reading MS I? Check.