Monthly Archives: August 2012

“Plastic People”- Four Tet and the first week of med school

Guess who survived her first week in med school? Well, every single person in my class but that is beside the point. I survived, and I am super smart now. Just kidding about that last statement. Yes, I learned a lot but sort of in an intimidating way. It seemed like for every fact I learned, it led to a hundred more things I was going to have to know in the future. Example: Oh, the phrenic nerve innervates the diaphragm? Well, what spinal nerve does the phrenic arise from? And what nerves branch from the phrenic? And what happens when the phrenic is severed/damaged? I have no idea how I am going to remember all of this information. But I must admit, I love it. So, as a follow up to the top five things I am looking forward to in med school, here is the best things from the first week of medical school.

1. Anatomy Lab
Sure, class is interesting but nothing compares to learning about the human body by taking apart. I got to hold the lungs in my hand! I got to feel the differences between the bronchi, artery, and vein. I got to see how all the organs intricately fit together in the thorax. And I learned how fragile the human body can be.

2. People!
I have found a few great people in my class that I feel really comfortable around. Like be-myself-comfortable. So all my fears about being alone for 8+ years will hopefully

I do this on a regular basis. NBD

3. Free Mental Health Clinic
In medical school, you can’t really see/diagnosis patients until your third year. This is a huge problem because med students sometime forget why they came to med school in the first place–to help patients. Instead, they only focus on memorizing parts of the body, symptoms, diseases, risk factors, metabolic pathways etc etc etc. At U of Iowa, there are a couple of places where you can see patients starting as a first year in med school. One is the free mental health clinic. Don’t worry, I am not diagnosing or giving patients medication. Instead, I am learning how to most effectively interview patient….which is a lot harder than it looks. Asking the right questions, making the patient comfortable, and getting accurate information out of patients takes a lot of practice.

Might be a bit of an exaggeration. But not by much.

4. The professors
Most are great, funny, scary smart, and very helpful.

5. Not having an exam the first week of school
Starting in a few weeks, I will have a test every Friday. Normally 2+ hours. Almost always followed by a night downtown at the bars (only what I have been told). So having a exam-free Friday was great.


There is Love in You by Four Tet

Not not much time to listen to music this week, besides when studying or working out. So here is a song from this summer. When we were on a trip about a month ago, one of my best friends described this as a great driving song. Especially at night. The trees insulate the car on each side of the narrow road, only the headlights illuminate the dark asphalt. I always feel so safe, comfortable, and alive when driving at night. It is like all my senses are sharpened somehow. Weird, I know. But it is the closest I have come a “religious” experience. Well, and when riding my bike at night.

Driving at night: Super nerve-racking or amazing? 


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“Basique”-Little People and 5 reasons I am excited for med school

So, I am starting medical school on Monday. Am I excited? Yes. Am I nervous? Oh my god yes. I know that everyone is probably nervous too, but I just feel sometimes that everyone else has their act together besides me. Plus, it is pretty hard for making new friends, probably because I am a bit shy and a little quirky. I mean, I have a perchance to walk around without shoes on where ever I am, sing/talk to myself in public, and make very dry jokes that only a select few people understand while everyone else looks at me like I am insane. But I do have friends, I promise! It is just difficult for me to meet new people.

Instead of this post being all about why I am nervous (since that would be just a huge downer), I am going to write about all of the reasons why I am excited to start medical school.

1. Anatomy Lab
This may sound weird, but I have wanted to cut people open from a very early age (I am talking about 7 yrs old). I just want to understand how the human body functions so beautifully. I mean, just think about what your body does on a daily basis without you being aware. Yes, if it worked perfectly all the time I would be out of a job, but still it works flawlessly most of the time without you knowing.

What every kid wants for their birthday. Actually, I would have been thrilled to get this when I was younger.

2. Biochemistry
I Love Biochem. Yes I might be a bit weird but it was my major in college and it combines two of my favorite loves. Plus, the prof is wonderful.

3. Medical Organizations
A few days ago, we had an organization fair where we could sign up for different extra-curricular events (because med school won’t keep us busy enough!). I found two great organizations, the free mobile clinic and the free mental health clinic. Both are places that allow me to have contact with patients right now, instead of in two years. Plus, it is volunteer-based and really helps the undeserved in the community.

4. A schedule
So, my summer has been a bit of a nightmare. I sometimes stay up until 3am and don’t wake up until 12pm or later. I know this is a really lame reason for wanting to start med school, but it will keep me on a better schedule…and my body will like that.

Need to stop doing this.

Yes it will be 8 years before I can practice medicine and years after that before I can legally practice on my own (most hospitals/private practices require a doctor to have a residency of 3-6 years after med school). But I am on my way.

Me at the White Coat Ceremony. Basically a ceremony that officially makes me a medical student. Plus, I have a sweet white coat.


When I am nervous (aka right now meeting tons of people), I do tend to listen to music a lot. Mostly really calm, repetitive music to create sort of a feeling of stability. A few months ago, I discovered Little People, a single guy that produces this dream-like music perfect for studying, or making me less nervous about everything.

Anything you have been nervous for recently/right now?


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“Lights”- Ellie Goulding

It has been awhile hasn’t it? I have an excuse: I have been too busy. But who isn’t really. So, an update on my life since my last blog post in APRIL!!

1. Ran a triathlon
Got fourth place for women. Not as good as I wanted but my bike sucks.

2. Graduated from College

I don’t know why I look so solemn here, but there really aren’t a lot of pictures of me during the ceremony so I went with this one.

This is a way better picture of me with one of my favorite professors on graduation day.

3. Went to London with my mom as a graduation gift

Not my picture since my mom has all of those still. But the British Museum with the Parthenon marbles was my favorite museum/site that we visited.

4. Moved to a new apartment with my best friend

5. Started Graduate/Medical School at U of Iowa
I am in the MD/PhD program, meaning that in 8ish years, I will have both my MD (needed to practice medicine) and PhD (probably in biochem or cell bio or something like that). I did my first research rotation this summer and am starting medical school classes next Monday. Less than a week! I am a bit nervous.

So yes, I have been busy. But I have still been listening to tons of music and have been wanting to blog about it. I have a list about a page long of new (or new to me) songs that I want to feature. Now I can’t promise anything since I am starting med school soon, and I have heard that it can been pretty difficult, but I would like to update more often than in the past. I am thinking about once a week (probably on Saturday), but we will see how it goes.

For now I leave you with a song that is very popular right now, but that I am obsessed with. “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. I probably should have picked something less “mainstream” or with more substance or at least something that wasn’t in Billboards Top 10. But I really, really like this song. Unlike the hard-core electronic songs by Skrillex or deadmau5, Goulding’s works combine her beautiful voice with an electronic landscape that truly compliments the lyrics.

Plus, I really like Goulding as an artist. She comes across as someone who is really down to earth and not caught up in her rapid rise to fame. She is also gorgeous without conforming to the super skinny, super made-up pop star. Instead, she is athletic and simplistically beautiful (in a good way). Apparently, she had a contest where her fans could register to run with her before a show. That would have been amazing to win.

Okay, I will stop gushing about Ellie. Here is the music video (also good). Side note: I really dislike the Bassnectar remix of this song. Don’t mess with perfection! Same with Skrillex ruining Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” (but that is another post).

And yeah, hang in there with me on the updates. I am sorry that I haven’t posted in awhile and I am really going to try to post more regularly. Also, I will probably be posting about my life/school more too since I already have some great anecdotes about grad school.

What has been keeping you busy this summer?



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