Reflection: Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

In his book Essentialism Greg McKeown elaborates on the concept that “less is more”. He uses examples throughout history to color in this idea from a police force dropping the rates of crime by only focusing their efforts in particular areas of prevention to Boyscout leaders improving...

The ER Rotation

ED is a different beast than what I’ve been used to on the floors. Instead of the slow, simmering thought process of a medicine doc this in contrast requires quicker more agile thinking. The past week I’ve been zipping from room to room collecting snapshots of patients, enough to know...

The (Almost) Perfect Getaway

I extend the ID badge dangling on my chest and plant it firmly on the black box in front of me. It’s attached to my white coat by stretchy-cord thing which makes it easy to get in and out of restricted areas without actually having to remove it entirely– the perfect contraption. Beep. I...

Finding the Light

The high pitched howl of a beast readying for the night can be heard behind the thick glass windows of this urban hospital with me peering at the moon blanketing over its grey skeleton. I dive my hand into my pocket and stare at the shrieking electric box in-front of me–no wolves here, just...

6 Ways to Stay Healthy During Residency

Residents are required to work longer hours which can put patients and staff in danger. In the U.S., the prevalence of medical errors that endangered patients’ safety brought about changes in the allowed workload of residents. In 2011 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education...

Connecting with Patients

Gray, wrinkled shirt damp with sweat and a LCD screen pulsing with the green glow of vitals. One of them, his heart rate, blinking fast enough to think he had just come back from a light jog–except he hadn’t. Nope. This man was lounging in his bed looking at me stare at his IV line...

Types of Doctors I Feel Like

Intern year is full of ups and downs; most news docs going through the grind will tell you the same. Some days I’m flying sky high and others I’m getting back to the drawing board to work on fundamentals like Charles Barkley in Space Jam. No matter what I do I always try to exude an air...

Night Float Month

Hi readers. I haven’t written since way back in July! No surprise there, was expecting to be a lot busier with the start of residency. I finished my first night float month in September and was in the middle of writing this piece. I decided to have some fun with it and talk about a few...

Remember Who You Are

I never thought intern year would be this hard. Scratch that– I did. I knew I wouldn’t know as much as I liked and that I wouldn’t have as much time as I used to. I knew I’d miss home and the people I left behind. Still, it doesn’t make the pressure of trying to...

The First Week of Residency, The Weight of...

If the hospital could be thought of as a giant wooden clock, then I the intern am the pendulum. Swinging between the raw excitement of finally wearing a long coat one minute–and the frightening realization of my quickly growing role the next. In the hallways when I walk in front of the...