This blog is about a horrible disease and an amazing family. Unfortunately, it is far too short to do justice to either. One winter evening while I was attending college, I found myself vigorously knocking on the door of a kind, middle-aged lady. Everybody knew her as Mrs. C, and her son Liam was one of my housemates and closest friends. Liam had Marfan syndrome, which was the reason I desperately had to wake up Mrs. C that night.Read More
An elderly woman with long, grey hair drawn back into a single braid sat in the padded chair adjacent to mine at a conference table. "We have a saying around here," she said. ”Don't get sick after June.”Read More
As future physicians, we will be treating people from backgrounds different than our own; we’ll be tasked with caring for people whose experiences may not be imaginable to us. Interacting, communicating, building trust and relationships, showing respect and empathy are some of the most important things we do. To do this successfully, physicians must have a deeper understanding of other cultures and a respect for each individual’s unique experience. In my medical training, I’ve discovered that this approach is a beneficial one for all of us to take.Read More
As a new professor at PNWU, I've often struggled with what to teach first- and second-year medical students.
They are bombarded with information during their first two years of medical education, so I was advised to stick to the basics. After all, they will get more depth in their clinical rotations and residency. So, what should I focus on most in those first two years of their medical educations?
“Stick to the horses!”Read More
I have been out as a gay man to my family and friends for over 12 years. Being gay is an important component of my identity, as is being a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a medical student, etc. However, none of those other components of my identity necessitated “coming out.”
I knew my parents would love me regardless of whether I got into medical school. I wasn’t so sure they would love me if they knew I was gay. Thankfully, they never stopped loving me for one second.Read More
As a gay man, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of misunderstandings about how being gay relates to health, especially sexual health. Hopefully by reading this, you will gain some insight into this unfortunately taboo topic.Read More
“So, you’re basically a doctor, right?” facetiously asked my husband Jared, looking up from a lesson plan.
“Only 1/8 of a doctor,” I responded, preparing my lunch for the next day. He laughed.
“So, 1/8 of a doctor: what should I teach these 5th graders about their health? What should I make sure they know?”Read More
Cambridge Dictionary describes Imposter Syndrome as “the feeling that your achievements are not real or that you do not deserve praise or success”.
Imposter syndrome, a term I was unfamiliar with before entering medical school. Prior to this I was confident and proud in my efforts and accomplishments. I was no stranger to not fitting in or being the odd man out.Read More
A reflection on gun violence
I remember that day very vividly. December 14, 2012. I was nearly 3000 miles away, but there is something about being in a school when news of a school shooting breaks that can create an uneasiness that sticks in your memory. I was teaching sixth-grade mathematics and I remember we didn’t have regular class that day- how could we? We spent the day reading the news, watching reports, attempting to answer students’ unanswerable questions. The thing about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is that not only was it was the deadliest school shooting in our nation’s history, but most of the victims were 6- and 7-years old.Read More
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
I hope those words aren’t as familiar to you as they are to me. To many people they are simply a collection of unfamiliar medical terms strung together. For me, they mean the loss of a family.Read More