A Help, not a Hindrance

I graduate from medical school in two weeks. It has taken me nearly seven years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to get this far. I transitioned from one profession of service into another and truly can’t wait to get after it. I can’t wait to hear the relief in a patient’s voice when I’ve told…

Financial Health of a New Doctor 

Medicine has both a different language and a unique way of recording every patient visit. We are taught how to write a SOAP note during our first year and graded on these notes for the rest of school and career. An acronym for Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan; the SOAP note is supposed to be…

A Learning Culture

After every flight in the US Air Force, there is a debrief. This is bred into our culture from the very first hop in pilot training. In 2,000 hours of flying fighters, I can probably count on one hand the number of flights that we didn’t debrief. Debriefs provided much of our learning and is…

3 Tips for Aligning Cultures

Last month, my classmates and I found that most of the hospitalized patients we cared for could really use the skills of a Physical Therapist (PT). Physical therapy was the only way some of our patients were going to fully heal and return to their past lives. A smart classmate recognized, however, that she was…

A Chance to Refuel

I took a break this month from churning through textbooks to refresh a bit. I needed to refuel my studying stamina for the board exams looming this summer. I was even able to read a few real books! As I quickly swiped through them I found some cool points worth highlighting. First is “Growing Physician…

Leadership should be taught

One more year of medical school! Third year reinforced for me that physicians have an exciting position in guiding and leading our health systems. This year exposed my classmates and I to a variety of teams and physicians with differing leadership abilities. During my surgery block I worked with a resident who was a poor leader.…

A Friend Today

A friend of mine is dying today. She and her family have shown tremendous love and courage while sparring with a recurrent disease. She has been a bright face for cancer awareness in the Air Force for several years. The story of her and her family’s battle has been published and has inspired. But today… It reminds me…