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Good Holiday Food

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Oven-roasted pork loin stuffed with fruit and wrapped in bacon.

Oven-roasted pork loin stuffed with fruit and wrapped in bacon.

This year, I was lucky enough to spend my holidays with my significant other and her family. In addition to good company and holiday cheer, I got to enjoy a tasty Christmas dinner featuring a tender, juicy, crispy around the edges, pork loin.

Taking the Plunge into Step 1 Studying

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It’s happening. On June 9th, I will sit for 8 hours to complete the first step of my medical licensing examinations. I wish I could say that I felt nervous, stressed, excited, or even dreading the examination. Instead, I feel numb. Because if I paused to feel anything, the disappointment would overwhelm me. Indeed, the first two years of my medical training were mostly frustrating and disappointing. I struggled, then I drowned, and now I am washed ashore with sand in my eyes, and Anki on my smartphone.

There were some bright spots: seeing friends and family; moving to the Bronx; working and studying alongside amazing classmates.

But the story of just exactly what happened from September 2012 – Today is very hazy. It’s kind of a blur. And I think the most disconcerting thing is the starkly contrasting clarity, and the feeling of warm, familiarity that comes with the prospect of this upcoming Step 1 studying.

It goes like: Oh I’ve been here before… Another standardized exam. This is the first thing that has “made sense” since I started this whole “become-a-doctor” thing. Oh the Krebs cycle! Yes I’ve learned that before. Once upon a time. When I was 11. When I was 14. When I was 17. When I was 21. Now I’m 24. I’ll be 25 in nine days. I think I will do three QBank blocks that day to celebrate. Hurrah. Hurrah.

Do-It-Yourself EHR for Primary Care Practice Redesign

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Do-It-Yourself EHR for Primary Care Practice Redesign

Shown above is a task list shared among team members including health coaches, social workers, and physicians that is directly editable by all. It just one of many intuitive features that the Iora Clinical Intelligence System, a DIY EHR, built by startup primary care and health technology innovators at Iora Health.

Schutzbank A, Fernandopulle R. Doubling down: Lessons learned from building a new electronic health record as part of primary care practice redesign. Healthcare (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hjdsi.2013.12.007

Wikipedia Is King!

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I have never done this before, but as a medical student and supporter of Wikipedia (via small donations) I cannot agree more with Dr. Topf’s discussion of Wikipedia’s merits, flaws, and potential as a resource for medical information.

On Becoming a Physician

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Dearest readers,

In this past week I had the pleasure of getting to attend my second white coat ceremony.  This time, I was a spectator watching my beautiful partner getting enrobed by some esteemed alums at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

The reason I am covering the white coat for the second time in this blog is because it really has been just about a year since I started orientation and began my journey to becoming a physician, and the experience of watching another white coat ceremony gave me a rare chance to reflect on this whole business of being a doctor.

As I sat listening to the speakers at this ceremony, I was reminded of the fact that the white coat symbolizes an adherence to a high ethical standard.  Then I was treated to the experience of hearing one physician, Dr. Stephen Baum, introduce another physician, keynote speaker Dr. Edward Burns, as a mensch.

Then keynote speaker Burns shared with us something his mother and father, both holocaust survivors, had taught him and instilled in him:

“The holocaust, which tore apart families and really an entire society was just one form of racism and discrimination.”

The way I took this: Hey future and current Docs! Racism and discrimination kills.  Don’t do that.

He went on to describe the white coat not just as a symbol of ethical standards, but also as a functional equalizer.  It brings together all students of medicine no matter their background and emphasizes that the important pieces of becoming a physician are contained within the values symbolized by such a coat.

The class of 2017 then finished off with a formidable student oath, which I will not copy-paste here yet.  Bravo.

Good Tacos in NYC

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Credits: Tacos El Bronco website, http://tacoselbronco.com/

I will now go on a tangent about good tacos in NYC.  New York City is not famous for good Mexican food like our west coast friends in California.  However, there are a number of places you can walk in to get a solid taco with high quality soft corn tortillas that will make you feel good about life, and people that make good tacos.  Here are my good taco place recommendations:

1. Lupita’s (WARNING: They are in the process of relocating so check out whether they are open, and where they are open before heading out.  Then call me.)

2. Tacos El Bronco

3. El Acatlan

4. Dos Toros

 

5. Cascabel Taqueria

Have a favorite taco place? Please feel free to comment.

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