July 28th, 2014
Cranquis Podcast
"Humans on both sides of the examination table"
"Rich doctor myth. That is a small minority." And when you have health care rhetoric drumming that myth into existence, it makes it hard to strengthen the physician to patient relationship. 
"Shock how much money people think you are making and how much debt you have"
"Doctors have a responsibility to be financial transparent. Income is usually a fair income, the income is not why we went into medical, but our income keeps us in medicine."
"{Tumblr medblr community} we are moving through the trench."
My thoughts
This podcast was excellent. Social determinants of health, med blr community, premed bloggers (myself). I found myself nodding and thinking doctors are real people, telling myself stop romanizing and dehumanizing the profession I want so bad, just work in the present moment, pray, and medical school will come to me, I will make it. 
I am also taking the Mcat in September, and I also think sometimes about what if I do not get into medical school:
I have no idea where my life will go. (I know, scary)
The hoops medical students must jump through are easy to forget about, but very real. Many of my classmates have studied for and taken the MCAT multiple times …. laying awake in bed agonizing over whether your failure to grasp Organic Chemistry might be a sign of your future competence as a physician is horrible. Merit based, competition, is exciting and also very stunted in terms of viewing students who complain as lazy or ungrateful when the students are being human.
Then, enter medical school (if lucky) and residency, notorious for being times of dangerously low sleep, health, time ….. How can it all be done? Something’s gotta give. I’ve always promised myself that I would prioritize family, friends, and happiness above all things. But I’ve also promised myself that I would rather be no doctor than a mediocre one.
In the end, an intense love for the human body and an intense love for people prevails. While I want to help people, and “cure”, I feel as a doctor I want to connect with patients, educate them about their health, and weaken fear. Being sick is a fear. While I cannot abolish that fear I can reduce the amount. Since I was senior in high school cranquis has been a mentor and asset. For that I am grateful. 

I respect medicine, the mcat, medical students, health professionals, because the professions puts a value on healing, and competition.

I understand this may seem as a ramble but I have a few questions. If you are a health student/professional, how would you answer the following:

Do you think increasing access to healthcare will improve health disparities?

What are your thoughts on medical (MD/DO, PA, NP) education, am I over- exaggerating the context, or I am finding realistic insights?

What are your thoughts on healthcare, can the biomedical and psychosocial model ever combine?

Reflecting on your experience as health student/professional, do you wish there was more collaboration among md-phd, do, pa, np?

Cranquis Podcast

  • "Humans on both sides of the examination table"
  • "Rich doctor myth. That is a small minority." And when you have health care rhetoric drumming that myth into existence, it makes it hard to strengthen the physician to patient relationship. 
  • "Shock how much money people think you are making and how much debt you have"
  • "Doctors have a responsibility to be financial transparent. Income is usually a fair income, the income is not why we went into medical, but our income keeps us in medicine."
  • "{Tumblr medblr community} we are moving through the trench."

My thoughts

This podcast was excellent. Social determinants of health, med blr community, premed bloggers (myself). I found myself nodding and thinking doctors are real people, telling myself stop romanizing and dehumanizing the profession I want so bad, just work in the present moment, pray, and medical school will come to me, I will make it.

I am also taking the Mcat in September, and I also think sometimes about what if I do not get into medical school:

I have no idea where my life will go. (I know, scary)

The hoops medical students must jump through are easy to forget about, but very real. Many of my classmates have studied for and taken the MCAT multiple times …. laying awake in bed agonizing over whether your failure to grasp Organic Chemistry might be a sign of your future competence as a physician is horrible. Merit based, competition, is exciting and also very stunted in terms of viewing students who complain as lazy or ungrateful when the students are being human.

Then, enter medical school (if lucky) and residency, notorious for being times of dangerously low sleep, health, time ….. How can it all be done? Something’s gotta give. I’ve always promised myself that I would prioritize family, friends, and happiness above all things. But I’ve also promised myself that I would rather be no doctor than a mediocre one.

In the end, an intense love for the human body and an intense love for people prevails. While I want to help people, and “cure”, I feel as a doctor I want to connect with patients, educate them about their health, and weaken fear. Being sick is a fear. While I cannot abolish that fear I can reduce the amount. Since I was senior in high school cranquis has been a mentor and asset. For that I am grateful. 

I respect medicine, the mcat, medical students, health professionals, because the professions puts a value on healing, and competition.

I understand this may seem as a ramble but I have a few questions. If you are a health student/professional, how would you answer the following:

Do you think increasing access to healthcare will improve health disparities?

What are your thoughts on medical (MD/DO, PA, NP) education, am I over- exaggerating the context, or I am finding realistic insights?

What are your thoughts on healthcare, can the biomedical and psychosocial model ever combine?

Reflecting on your experience as health student/professional, do you wish there was more collaboration among md-phd, do, pa, np?

July 27th, 2014
Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.
July 24th, 2014

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July 22nd, 2014

How to enhance your studying environment

A good study environment gives you a head study on productivity

- Distractions: It is all up to you. Some can work with background noise, and others cannot. 

- Well lit study areas provides extra brightness and keeps (me) alert.

- I love white boards

- A light healthy snack, carrots, boiled eggs, even veggie chips are full of flavor and helps you mind focus on the material as oppose to an empty stomach

- Keep regular study hours, repetition and discipline will carry you far in the process of studying.

- Watered down coffee. A little study trick that aided me in Costa Rica. My host sister told me water down coffee, is still warm and prevents the horrible crash you feel after the caffeine wears off. 

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Study Aboard tips: Packing, Snacking, and Culture

Youtube the pros and cons

July 21st, 2014

GRWM | Hospital Rounds

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Young woman of color, smart and quirky youtube channel.

Study Aboard tips: Packing, Snacking, and Culture

Youtube the pros and cons

GRWM | Hospital Rounds

Follow my little beauty regimen, as I make my way to the hospital for some clinical hours! Please subscribe on my channel I explore general study tips, beauty tips, rant/ social commentary, natural hair and vlogs. Please share, subscribe and comment:)

Young woman of color, smart and quirky youtube channel.

Study Aboard tips: Packing, Snacking, and Culture

Youtube the pros and cons

July 18th, 2014

 Author Andrew Zimmern, once said, “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” 

Being able to study aboard in Costa Rica was a marker in my life. I was out of a cliche, comfort zone. While my language skills improved and my interest in medicine molded and roasted, I found my experience personal. My internship in a geriatric care clinic in the capital, I was able to realize how to read a patient’s body language, how to engage in narrative medicine speaking with patients, moving beyond the healing from the neck down, I was alone in an environment that demanded my excellence. A normal day for me ranged from 6 to 5, a reality that required early rising and energy management to remain productive throughout the day. It was this realization I learned discipline is greater than motivation. 

Motivation get you going. But when it comes time to apply, it depends on grounded action. Small actions help one moves towards their ideals. 

What to pack:

- Iphone + Viper: Although I was fearful about bringing my phone in a different country, I was told to download this cool app called viper. Viper was awesome for my study aboard because I was able to called my parents for free (you can call anyone using the viper app as long as the other person had), I texted both friends back in stated and my peers in Costa Rica who had the app. Please the ability send photos made home sickness non- existent.

- Warm socks and poncho: Helpful for tropical places like Costa Rica

- Ask yourself what will you be doing from high intensity to low intensity. For example I knew I was going to be attending many guest lectures also well as horse riding for long intervals. So for me, lots of professional wear as well as riding pants and boots!

- A great bag with many pockets. Serves you well!

- Pack light! You will bring more back than you arrived with!

What I learned:

- Walk around sometimes. Safely with others but unplanned adventures were the best conversations with my friends from exploring hotels, to visiting small shops. 

- Be productive in small steps. I would find myself in my small amount of free time before class, jotting notes, and outlining large assignments in my near future.

- Travel in groups and let your group know where you are going if you venture off.

- You do not have to go out with friends all the time. One of my favorite memories in Costa Rica was going to a festival with my host family. Swimming, horse back riding and a picnic, was ultimate bond and a learning opportunity for me to use my spanish. Gain the courage to say yes, think three steps ahead and be confident in your choice. 

- Leaving is just as hard as adapting to the new culture. Even now, four days back at home in  the States. I miss Costa Rica. I called my host mother. I am motivated to cook some Costa Rican dishes. I am molded. I learned how to drink coffee in a way that does not make me hyper, I make more time for breakfast in the morning, and as my aunt has said I have gotten more talkative… I do not know about the last part but I do know I am coming into myself. I goal is to be as Maya Angelou would say, “I come as one, I stand as 10,000.” 

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July 10th, 2014
1. When doubt promedo. Set a time limits whether it be 5 mins or an hours then when the time is up you can quiet or continues. (Most times you will have the mojo and be just fine.
2. Deadlines are pressure. I have tried the whole work backwards plan time, but I find starting the day you get the assignment is the best and then fine tuning closer to the due date.
3. Block distractions… but be smart. “I learned I could do physics for hours with my ipod on and my study playlist. I also have started putting my phone in my bag when I study, and some hot tea is always a nice push!
4. Batch similar tasks. Checking emails? Email professors with your study questions as well as clear your mail. Reading for class? Read for your other classes that same time!
5. How is your energy. Use a little index card and make note of the times of day you have most energy and also when you are most focused, and also where are most focused!
6. Keep your main surfaces your room clean too. Sometimes for me clutter can be focus killer and just make you want to do other things.
7. Have a cut off time on week days. It helps tune down the intensity of work load as well as keeps your sleeping cycle regular.
8. Take a nap and then study. I did this once and it was actually helpful. Sometimes the cold study rooms makes you a tad sleepy.

9. Think 3 steps ahead. Assess the consequences of holding something off, as well as the urgency of the matter.

10. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this?” So often we (especially women) are ruled by the shoulds. 

11. Energy management. Not only assess how much time something might take you but also how much energy will be required to carry out the task.

Future post: What I learned studying aboard, packing, snacking, and culture

1. When doubt promedo. Set a time limits whether it be 5 mins or an hours then when the time is up you can quiet or continues. (Most times you will have the mojo and be just fine.

2. Deadlines are pressure. I have tried the whole work backwards plan time, but I find starting the day you get the assignment is the best and then fine tuning closer to the due date.

3. Block distractions… but be smart. “I learned I could do physics for hours with my ipod on and my study playlist. I also have started putting my phone in my bag when I study, and some hot tea is always a nice push!

4. Batch similar tasks. Checking emails? Email professors with your study questions as well as clear your mail. Reading for class? Read for your other classes that same time!

5. How is your energy. Use a little index card and make note of the times of day you have most energy and also when you are most focused, and also where are most focused!

6. Keep your main surfaces your room clean too. Sometimes for me clutter can be focus killer and just make you want to do other things.

7. Have a cut off time on week days. It helps tune down the intensity of work load as well as keeps your sleeping cycle regular.

8. Take a nap and then study. I did this once and it was actually helpful. Sometimes the cold study rooms makes you a tad sleepy.

9. Think 3 steps ahead. Assess the consequences of holding something off, as well as the urgency of the matter.

10. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this?” So often we (especially women) are ruled by the shoulds. 

11. Energy management. Not only assess how much time something might take you but also how much energy will be required to carry out the task.

Future post: What I learned studying aboard, packing, snacking, and culture

July 1st, 2014
freshprogressgeek:

With Valentine day next week and spring next month, I thought hm, beyond the usual post of how to study, I wanted to embark on a cooler segment: how to make studying interesting.
On that note the first segment is podcast. While I love Hans Zimmer, Beyonce, and a florence and the machine melody to study to, I have recently found podcasts to keep me more alert and excited to study. Below are a list of my favorites:
The College info geek
Informative, fun, and youthful. Having recently graduated college debt free, he is probably one of more laid back productive bloggers I know. His blog is college focused and provides a much needed male perspective in the scope of study skills and college education.
Radiolab
Funny, honest and critical, if you need some intellectual conversation to fill in the silence during an office hour visit, Radiolab is at your service. Ranging from topics such a race, the american government to even DNA testing, there is no way your mind cannot be attentive listening to them.
Medical school HQ
Ok before my premeds go crazy, I must say as a science major medicine bound sophomore, this has been a lovely podcast that has impacted my scope of medicine. The host are funny, relatable and altruistic physicians who take their time every week to share the knowledge. After listening to some episodes you will be saying, RESPECT THE MCAT!
The read
(This podcast has cursing) I enjoy the read. A humorous look at pop culture and music. And who does not heart kidfury!
Lastly I enjoy spiritual podcasts, Joel Osteen, Td Jakes and Rick Warren are awesome, conscious and will make you feel great. I hope you love this list as much as I had fun making it.
Let me know in a comment, what are your favorite podcasts? 
P.S: Those who reblog my post and add their input/comments will be appreciated and given a shout out on my blog!

I am in Costa Rica! Ahora mi favoritos:
“History & Physical,” 
Hosted by Kevin Wang (wang-kevin), Amol Utrankar (amolutrankar) and Roheet Kakaday (thebiopsy). My favorite bloggers made a podcast! If you like picking at the philosophy of healthcare, understanding medical education and such, check out this podcast.
"Brillant idiots"
Once again another crazy podcast for comedy. It is a podcast all over the place about current events and such. I feel it very funny.
"Dave Ramsey Podcast"
I am learning what to do with my money. Knowledge concerning finances is so much more than saving.

freshprogressgeek:

With Valentine day next week and spring next month, I thought hm, beyond the usual post of how to study, I wanted to embark on a cooler segment: how to make studying interesting.

On that note the first segment is podcast. While I love Hans Zimmer, Beyonce, and a florence and the machine melody to study to, I have recently found podcasts to keep me more alert and excited to study. Below are a list of my favorites:

The College info geek

Informative, fun, and youthful. Having recently graduated college debt free, he is probably one of more laid back productive bloggers I know. His blog is college focused and provides a much needed male perspective in the scope of study skills and college education.

Radiolab

Funny, honest and critical, if you need some intellectual conversation to fill in the silence during an office hour visit, Radiolab is at your service. Ranging from topics such a race, the american government to even DNA testing, there is no way your mind cannot be attentive listening to them.

Medical school HQ

Ok before my premeds go crazy, I must say as a science major medicine bound sophomore, this has been a lovely podcast that has impacted my scope of medicine. The host are funny, relatable and altruistic physicians who take their time every week to share the knowledge. After listening to some episodes you will be saying, RESPECT THE MCAT!

The read

(This podcast has cursing) I enjoy the read. A humorous look at pop culture and music. And who does not heart kidfury!

Lastly I enjoy spiritual podcasts, Joel Osteen, Td Jakes and Rick Warren are awesome, conscious and will make you feel great. I hope you love this list as much as I had fun making it.

Let me know in a comment, what are your favorite podcasts? 

P.S: Those who reblog my post and add their input/comments will be appreciated and given a shout out on my blog!

I am in Costa Rica! Ahora mi favoritos:

“History & Physical,”

Hosted by Kevin Wang (wang-kevin), Amol Utrankar (amolutrankar) and Roheet Kakaday (thebiopsy). My favorite bloggers made a podcast! If you like picking at the philosophy of healthcare, understanding medical education and such, check out this podcast.

"Brillant idiots"

Once again another crazy podcast for comedy. It is a podcast all over the place about current events and such. I feel it very funny.

"Dave Ramsey Podcast"

I am learning what to do with my money. Knowledge concerning finances is so much more than saving.

(via freshprogressgeek)

June 28th, 2014

Thank you so much ! I've been loping for a blog that could give me advice with college !
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