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Needle Stick

September 20, 2010

Yesterday was an awesome day of operating, but it ended with a big scare…A NEEDLE STICK. To be honest, I was more annoyed and embarrassed than anything, but technically a needle stick is a pretty big incident. I’m not even sure exactly how it happened; I was closing up a patient’s skin with 2-0 Vicryl, and perhaps […]

My First Week at AMC

September 18, 2010

So this first week that I have spent at Atlanta Medical Center has felt like 1 month already. On my first day, I arrived to the hospital, got lost trying to find the GME office and was sent to clinic because they couldn’t reach a resident to figure out where I was supposed to be. […]

LLU Rotation is Over!

September 10, 2010

So today marks my last day of my orthopaedics rotation at LLU, and I really had a blast. As I look back on my 2 weeks I feel somewhat that I didn’t work as hard as I expected. There were 3 students on the rotation, and in order for us not to overlap in the […]

First Week of Orthopaedics at LLU

September 4, 2010

So my first week of ortho at LLU is over and I really had a lot of fun. My 2 week rotation is with the Department chair who specializes in hips and knees so that has been my main focus when studying at night. My day normally starts out at 5 a.m. for rounds. The […]

Last Weekend of Sleep…Ortho Awaits

August 27, 2010

So on Monday I start the first week of my 3 months of orthopaedics rotations. During the past 2 weeks that I have been on Musculoskeletal Radiology, I have had a lot of time to brush up on my anatomy. I will be rotating with the chair of orthopaedics who I hear is extremely chill […]

Step 2 CS

August 17, 2010

So today I took step 2 cs. As you know they only offered a test in a couple sites around United states. I took the exam in Los Angeles. Some of my classmates rented a hotel to stay there the night before but I decided to drive down the morning of. So I woke up […]

USMLE Step 2 CK is over!

August 9, 2010

So today I took the USMLE Step 2 CK exam. This exam basically tests everything you should have learned from first year to the end of your 3rd year, with emphasis of course on your 3rd year clinical rotations. I woke up this morning at around 5 a.m. out of habit in order to have […]

Ortho Pimp

August 7, 2010

So this past Tuesday I went to LLU’s Ortho Basic Science Conference which is pretty standard for most med students here that are interested in ortho. You get the opportunity to talk with the residents, hopefully talk with the PD and chair, learn something about ortho, and get a free meal. Normally our participation as […]

I’m done!

August 3, 2010

I have completed the beast called UsmleWorld!

Studying Still

July 31, 2010

So I praise God that I only have like 34% of the questions left in USMLE World. At the rate I am going I should hopefully be done with everything by tuesday. After that my plan is to read over all the notes I have made from UWorld (mostly stuff I never learned or questions […]

Old Nightmares

July 27, 2010

As I have really gotten deep into my study regimen for these last 2 weeks leading up to Step 2 CK I have noticed a serious aversion on my part to studying in any of the areas on campus that I used to study in during my first and second years of medical school. The […]

MACY Exam

July 24, 2010

Each year all of the California medical students take the MACY exam which is basically our state’s version of the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam. This test basically is supposed to be a measure of how well you can see a patient’s chief complaint, form a differential diagnosis, talk to the patient, ask the pertinent […]

Step 2 Study Plan

July 9, 2010

So I got back my Comprehensive Clinical Science Examination (CCSE) score and I sucked balls big time on it. It predicted that I would get like a 215 on Step 2, which is not good. Now, I must admit that I really haven’t studied much for Step 2 this year, but it is clear that […]

Away Rotation at AMC

July 5, 2010

So I am doing my first orthopaedic away rotation at Atlanta Medical Center in…yeah you guessed it, Atlanta, GA. I chose this place in order to 1) see what  community orthopaedic program was like 2) open up the southern programs to my application 3) apply to a program that hopefully isn’t as terribly hard to […]

My 3rd Year is Over!

July 3, 2010

So this past Friday marked my last required day of my 3rd year of medschool. As I look back on this year it has been quite eventful, and honestly it all seems like a blur. Yesterday, I had a practical examination for my Family Medicine rotation, where they basically wanted me to do different sports […]

Lost to Follow-Up

June 4, 2010

Writing discharge summaries are often the bane of every medical student or resident’s existence. It takes a long time, it quite tedious (especially on peds), and it requires you to go tell the patient how/who they need to follow-up with once they leave, or what labs need to be checked on when the patient leaves […]

My last call

May 30, 2010

Praise god in whom all blessings flow. I can finally say that this past Friday marks the last post call day that I’ll have until August 30, 2010. While I never did hide the fact that I didn’t like pediatrics, I was blessed in that I  actually had a bunch of patient’s with orthopedic problems. […]

Peds Frustration

May 25, 2010

I think that I am slowly realizing why pediatrics is so painful for me. I honestly don’t like internal medicine at all, and believe it or not pediatrics is more slow than internal medicine is. I really don’t like rounding all day and I hate the monotony of day to day inpatient pediatrics. I want […]

Cost of Applying for Residency

May 23, 2010

I decided to check out how much it would cost to apply to the 73 orthopaedic programs that I have on my list. The ERAS site has a breakdown of their pricing structure and it will not be cheap. For the first 10 programs I pay $65 total; for programs 11-20 I pay $8 per […]

Surgery Match Group

May 23, 2010

So every year after the 4th year medical students match, the various interest groups hold meetings where the 4th years give us advice on how to match into their field. I happened to be on call the night they had the Surgery Match Group at the hospital, so I got a chance to grab some […]

Hardest Rotation = Peds

May 21, 2010

I don’t know what happened or why I wasn’t warned by my classmates, but now that I am nearing the end of my 3rd year, pediatrics seems to be the most difficult rotation that I have been on. Truly it is internal medicine for kids, but its even more. I feel like when I was […]

Meeting with the Ex-Chairmen

May 20, 2010

Today I had the chance to meet with an ortho attending who just recently stopped being the chair of the ortho dept. here at LLU. I had rotated with him for a week during my junior elective and he said that it was enough time for him to know me enough to write a LOR. […]

Password Protection

May 16, 2010

Rather than close down my whole blog during this app process I’ve decided to password protect the posts where I am talking about the app process directly. You can get the password from me if you know me well enough to send me a text message or email. Otherwise, just wait until March 2011 for […]

Happy Day

April 28, 2010

Yesterday I was walking outside the hospital (in my dress up clothes and short white coat ) and a little girl was sitting on a bench with her grandma. As I got closer to their bench the little girl jumped up air ran towards me. She then presented me a beautiful rose that I suppose […]

Peds and Everything Else

April 23, 2010

So today marks the end of my first 2 weeks on pediatrics and I honestly think its pretty cool. It really is internal medicine for kids, but I think that the pediatricians are truly the smartest and most amazing diagnosticians in the world. They really do have to be able to take amazing histories, and […]

Junior Elective

April 16, 2010

So yesterday marked the end of my 2 weeks on my Junior elective that I of course decided to do in Orthopedics.  I had so much fun during these 2 weeks that I am absolutely sure now that I want to be an orthopedic surgeon.  Here is how my week went:
3/29- It […]

Surgery is Over!!!

March 27, 2010

So yesterday I took my Surgery Mock Board, marking the end of my 12 weeks of surgery. I am actually quite sad to see it over because now that means I won’t get to be in the OR for quite some time. But overall I really appreciated my time there. During the 12 weeks I […]

Ophthamology

March 25, 2010

If there is anything more exciting than the field of ophthamology then it has to be watching paint dry, because I would have gladly spent the whole day with my eyes to the wall rather than be in ophtho clinic or surgery. Truly this was the most boring week of my life, and the worst […]

Match Day!

March 18, 2010

Today was match day and I am so stoked for the 4th year students at LLU this year who were applying for ortho! There were 6 students applying for ortho this year from LLU, and all 6 of them matched! So 3 of the students matched here at LLU, and they are so great that […]

J. R. Gladden Society Meeting 2010/American Academic or Orthopaedic Surgeons

March 12, 2010

So for the past 2 days I have been at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference in New Orleans, LA. The reason for me being there was because on this past Thursday the J. R. Gladden Society (JRGOS) had their annual luncheon, which always takes place on the Thursday of the AAOS meeting. […]

On My Way!

March 10, 2010

So I am currently in the Las Vegas airport waiting to board the plane to New Orleans for the AAOS/J.R. Gladden Society Luncheon. I am really excited about this trip because it will allow me to connect with alot of the top minority orthopods from programs across the U.S. By God’s grace I don’t need […]